Despite numerous checks and balances, many listed companies around the world indulge in dubious bookkeeping and disclosure practices. Detecting and avoiding companies that misrepresent their true worth therefore is one of the most desired skills for an investment decision maker to have. From minor infractions to gross cases of misgovernance and misrepresentation, the analyst community needs to be vigilant enough to red-flag companies that repetitively indulge in dubious practices.
The webinar will address the following learning outcomes:
- A quantitative framework to screen out bad companies and a qualitative checklist for red-flagging financial irregularities
- Linking theory to practice: Recent case studies from corporate India
This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 19 December 2019
About the Speaker(s)
Sunil Singhania, CFA, is the founder of Abakkus Asset Management, LLP, an India-focused asset management company he established in 2018. Prior to this, in his role as global head of equities at Reliance Capital Ltd., he oversaw equity assets and provided strategic inputs across Reliance Capital Group of companies including asset management, insurance, AIF, and offshore assets. And, as CIO of equities, Singhania led Reliance Mutual Fund equity schemes to be rated amongst the best. Reliance Growth Fund grew over 100 times in less than 22 years under Singhania’s leadership. Furthermore, he led Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd.’s international efforts and was instrumental in launching India funds in Japan, South Korea, and the UK, besides managing mandates from institutional investors based in the US, Singapore, and other countries. Singhania was the promoter of The Association of NSE Members of India; a body of stock brokers. He is also the first individual from India to be elected as a member of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and currently serves as the chair of the Investment Committee and as a member of the Nominating Committee. He also sat on CFA Institute’s Standards of Practice Council for six years, and was the founder of the Indian Association of Investment Professionals (now, CFA Society India) and served as its president for eight years. Singhania graduated in commerce from the Bombay University and completed his chartered accountancy from the ICAI, Delhi with an all India rank. He has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, conferred by CFA Institute. Having traveled extensively across the world, Singhania has also attended many global investment conferences and seminars.
Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM, is a director of continuing education and advocacy at CFA Institute. In this role, Mr. Kunte contributes to thought leadership in the investment profession. He writes on investing topics in leading publications and represents CFA Institute at conferences and forums. Mr. Kunte serves as an external research scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Previously, he worked as the country trading strategist for Citi in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Mumbai.