Stock Market Predictions Come True: Market Insights and Future Outlook

Explore insights into Nifty50, mid-caps, and small-caps outlook, with actionable investment strategies for retail investors.

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In January 2024, Anuj Bajpai, Co-founder & CEO of Liquide, made some bold predictions for the equity markets. As we navigate through the year, it is remarkable to see how these forecasts have materialized. 

Nifty 2024 Outlook & Shift in Mid and Small-Cap Indices

Bajpai’s prediction about an impending correction in mid-caps and small-caps was spot on. Following a year where mid-cap and small-cap indices outperformed large caps significantly, he anticipated a trend reversal in the near term. He believed investors would engage in profit-booking and shift their investment from overvalued to undervalued stocks. This prediction was validated by the performance from January 8 (the publication date of his analysis) to March 13, with the Nifty Midcap 100 and Nifty Smallcap 100 indices seeing declines of 2% and 6.8%, respectively. In contrast, the Nifty50 saw an uptick of 2.3%.

Regarding the Nifty50's outlook for 2024, Bajpai opined that the Indian market is currently overvalued, which could cap the growth potential in the forthcoming year. He argued that the market has already factored in the positive indicators, projecting a modest rise of 6-8% in the NIFTY50. 

Additionally, Bajpai's projection of Gold as an attractive alternative beyond equities was confirmed with gold steering towards the Rs 70,000, marking a significant 6.5% increase in just two months. 

For more insights, access the full article here: Interim Budget 2024 | Market Outlook

Market Outlook: What Next?

Since February 19, the Indian stock market has seen a significant downturn, hitting small-cap stocks hardest and wiping out over Rs 9 trillion in investor wealth, more than half the value lost during this time. The divergence between the performance of key benchmark indices and the broader market is becoming more pronounced. The small-cap sector has seen a marked decline, bringing its RSI level to below 40, a level last seen in March 2023 that previously indicated a strong market rebound. Despite the small-cap index breaching its short-term moving averages (20 and 50 EMA), it continues to exhibit a generally positive trend as it holds above the 200 EMA. Additionally, both small-cap and mid-cap indices have encountered distribution in recent weeks, although they are currently trading close to crucial support levels.

Interestingly, a similar pattern was also observed in 2021 that led to a revival in market breadth and pushed the market to new heights. Thus, the coming trading sessions will be critical in determining the overall trend. If Mid-Caps and Small-Caps halt their fall and start rising again, it might indicate a change in market sentiment towards a more bullish outlook overall.

Explore the reasons behind the correction in small-caps and mid-caps here: Decoding Market Meltdown: Insights and Future Investment Strategies

What Should Investors Do: Your Action Plan

The past year's divergence in performance between Large-Caps, and Mid and Small-Caps clearly signalled an impending correction. However, all signs from macroeconomic indicators suggest that India is poised for significant long-term growth, especially post-general elections. 

So, what actions should a retail investor, particularly someone new to the stock market, consider? This question becomes pertinent as we observe February marking the third consecutive month of opening over 40 lakh retail demat accounts.

Investment Tips and Strategies

  • Prioritize solid investments over market prediction: Focus on selecting quality stocks rather than attempting to predict market downturns. The focus often falls on predicting market movements, which is largely unproductive. Instead, heed the strategies of successful investors: search for undervalued stocks that show promise for future growth.
  • Buy distressed stocks, not distressed companies: Invest in undervalued stocks with good fundamentals. Do not try to lower the average cost of your investment in fundamentally weak companies that have declined the most. Such an approach could be detrimental, especially in markets sensitive to regulatory changes affecting specific stocks or sectors. 
  • Simplify, don't overcomplicate: Do not invest in stocks that are beyond your understanding. Instead, seek advice from a financial advisor and consider investing in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) for a diversified and safer investment strategy. 
  • Reevaluate and adjust: Reassess and if needed, adjust your portfolio, focusing on segments like large-caps that might have underperformed recently. Prefer lump-sum investments in large and multi-cap funds, and plan a phased investment in mid and small-caps over the next 6-12 months. 


The current environment of heightened regulatory oversight and reduced liquidity is driving investors towards caution, particularly affecting smaller companies and various market sectors in the near term. Yet, history shows that well-performing stocks with solid earnings potential tend to recover swiftly. Despite short-term hurdles, the long-term outlook for businesses and the economy remains optimistic, suggesting these market corrections are temporary. 

Investors should view this period as an opportunity to invest in promising stocks poised for growth. With India's ongoing structural reforms and increasing global integration, this is an ideal time for investors to reassess their portfolios and capitalize on market volatility for future gains. Particularly for small-cap stocks, which suffer from poor governance and liquidity issues, opting for mutual funds might be a safer bet. Anticipated regulations around liquidity stress tests could make such investments more secure than direct equity investments.

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