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How to find financial wisdom in unconventional places?

How to find financial wisdom in unconventional places?

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss We have often come across a number of ‘Must Read’ books about investing. But, at the end of the day (& month), how many of us really manage to read through these gigantic reams of paper? A common complaint, we all have, is that they are too theoretical & indecipherable unless one has profound knowledge of economics, statistics, psychology & similar esoteric subjects. This book, “More Than You Know” by Michael J Mauboussin, decodes the indecipherable by tapping into a wide variety of knowledge from unconventional sources. Ever thought, what ants could teach us about the importance of diversity in efficient markets? What bees could reveal about the behaviour of crowds? This book will surprise you with such bizarre, yet immensely profitable insights that will change the […]

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The Most Important Thing – A review

“I like to say success carries within itself the seeds of failure, and failure the seeds of success.” Way back in 2006, I had watched a movie named “Gafla” and since then, stock investing fascinated me. The thought of stock investing has always been at the back of my mind. But things aren’t that easy and simple in real life as they are portrayed in movies. I was left with an open ended sack of questions, like: How do I invest and which stocks should I go for? How do I decide the time to enter and exit the stocks? What are the dos and don’ts? How should I evaluate my portfolio? I started surfing the net to find solutions to my problems. This is where a review on ‘The most important thing’ by Howard Marks, chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, caught my eye. Well, the book doesn’t require praise […]

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Look for the Right Stocks – The Philip Fisher way

Look for the Right Stocks – The Philip Fisher way

“I don’t want a lot of good investments; I want a few outstanding ones.” These words reflect the modesty of Philip Arthur Fisher, who, with his 70+ years of successful investing experience, is considered the pioneer and the mastermind of the growth stock school of investing.  About Philip A. Fisher… (1907-2004) Philip Fisher, a 1928 drop-out of Stanford Business School, worked as analyst in Anglo-London Bank (San Francisco), switched to a stock exchange firm, and subsequently moved on to start his own money management business, ‘Fisher & Co.’ in 1931. His biggest investing success dates back to 1956, when he acquired a lot of stock in Texas Instruments, long before it went public in 1970. It was first quoted at around $2.70, and went on to go as high as $200 – a rise of 7,400%, that too, without dividends. Fisher’s own gains were significantly higher, given the fact that […]

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The Buffett Menu

The Buffett Menu

If you take a look at the Warren Buffett menu of investments, you’re sure to find the likes of Yum Foods (KFC & Pizza Hut), Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Hershey’s in the specials. Is it time to add some sauces?

Yes! Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has inked a deal to buy-out H. J. Heinz, along with 3G Capital. Is it just his love for the ketchup, or does it make absolute business sense too? Does it fit into his typical style of investing? What is his investing style, by the way?

I spent a Sunday morning talking over the same with my Dad. Here it goes…

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Budget 2013: Can it restore the investors’ confidence?

Over the last 2-3 years, we have seen the economy riding a roller coaster, offering less foresight, and more structural distortions. In such a scenario, are factors like rising inflation & mis-selling by financial institutions shaking the retail investors’ confidence? Are they being driven to gold and real estate as preferred investment avenues rather than to sensible equity investing which could manifold their existing returns?

The budget provides the government with an important platform to introduce constructive reforms. So, could the FM, through the forthcoming Union Budget 2013, have anything in store to bring investor confidence back to the Indian Stock Market? Let’s find out…

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