How to Select Low Risk High Return Stocks in Equity Market?


Every Investment today comes with risk & return. Higher the risk higher is return that is known fact. Selection of asset class mainly depends upon individuals but given a chance every individual will select low risk and high return investment right!

Many individual today avoid stock market investment thinking that stock market investment is risky affair. This is because majority of them has experienced in purchasing stock at overvalued/high price so although it is blue-chip stock it may end up giving them low return.

If we draw risk and retrun diagram in two dimensional we have four types of stocks

(1)        High Risk, High Return –Startup company with Strong business model

(2)        Low Risk,  Low Return – Several year old company giving low return

(3)        Low Risk,  High Return – Several year old company giving good return

(4)        High risk,  Low Return – Startup company weak business model

risk stock

So, Million dollar question is how to select low risk high return stock in equity market? Although it is difficult question to answer we are here with proven Capital Asset Pricing model which can help to select low risk high return investment.

In above diagram if we draw parallel line, point it touch to y axis is known as risk free return. In Indian context risk free return is said to be around 8% i.e risk free return given by bank on deposit

stock portfoilio

Point of intersection in Y axis is known as Market return and X axis is known as Beta. Beta = 1 leads to Efficient portfolio.

stock beta

Beta measures volatility in a stock. It is the measure of systematic risk or more specifically, market risk of a stock investment.

Stocks that have a beta greater than 1 have greater price volatility than the overall market and are more risky.

Stocks with a beta of 1 fluctuate in price at the same rate as the market.

Stocks with a beta of less than 1 have less price volatility than the market and are less risky.

Higher the beta higher the risk you carry. There is no need to calculate betas of stocks (which would be a tedious process). Both Sensex and Nifty stocks’ beta value can be gathered from respective websites:

Nifty Beta Values – Click here

Sensex Beta Values – Click here

Please note these beta values are computed using trailing twelve months data.

This model is popularly known as Capital Asset pricing model. (CAPM) The CAPM says that the expected return of a security or a portfolio equals the rate on a risk-free security plus a risk premium. If this expected return does not meet or beat the required return, then the investment should not be undertaken.

CAPM describes the relationship between risk and expected return and that is used in the pricing of risky securities.


R = Expected return on a company stock

B = Beta of the stock

rf = Risk free return

rm= return on efficient market portfolio

We can compute the expected return of a stock in this CAPM example: risk free return is 8%, the beta (risk measure) of the stock is 2 and the expected market return over the period is 10%, the stock is expected to return 12% (8%+2(10%-8%)).

Beta is just one measure to identify low risk high return stock, while selecting stock one should carefully consider company fundamentals, core business and past return that will give you a much better picture of the potential long-term risk.

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