Fundamental Analysis Tools for Investors in India

In the course of finding the most time-efficient way of analyzing companies shortlisted for investment, I’ve come across various tools available to Indian investors. This post compiles a list of some of the tools that I’ve tried either briefly or extensively along with some of their key strengths and weaknesses. Note that this list is far from comprehensive and also that digested analysis from any source is typically only a starting point and not a substitute for diving into past annual reports to gain context of the fundamentals. Overall note of caution on using any tool that aggregates data is to assume

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Mercedes or Honda?

Two recent first-hand incidents got me to post this eccentric poll on twitter yesterday. You’re buying a spanking new car. You only have two options. Both involve cars dressed up to look different (only on the outside.) Option 1. Mercedes S-Class. Looks like Honda Civic Option 2. Honda Civic. Looks like Mercedes S-Class Which do you choose? — Calm Investor (@CalmInvestor) July 19, 2019 The two incidents: One. I and my wife had taken our 1-year old for his first haircut. My son, sitting in his mother’s lap, looks around happily, smiling at the strangers trying to distract him, as

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Introducing Calm Investor smallcases

Introducing Calm Investor smallcases allowing for one-click implementations and rebalancing. In August last year, I wrote about my strategy of building a portfolio constructed on price momentum principles as a satellite to my core value portfolio. Almost out of academic curiosity, I offered a paid subscription to the portfolio. The concept was simple, and the plan was to set up a google sheet with the current constituents and weights of the portfolio. Subscribers to the momentum portfolio would have access to the sheet and receive an email every time I rebalanced or made changes to the portfolio. Expecting no more

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DMA as a simple investment tool

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” *** Oracle: “what’s funny?” Neo: “Morpheus. He almost had me convinced” Oracle: “I know. Poor Morpheus. Without him, we’re lost” Neo: “What do you mean, without him?” Oracle: “Are you sure you want to hear this?” Neo: *Nods* Oracle: “Morpheus believes in you Neo. And no one, not you, not even me can convince him otherwise. He believes it so blindly that he is going to sacrifice his live to save yours.” *** That used to be me, with

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How risky are small and mid caps, really?

Synthetics & Chemicals, SOL Pharmaceuticals, Prime Securities, Mardia Chemicals, Industrial Oxygen, FGP ltd, Asian Coffee, Rico Auto Industries, Modiluft…What do these companies mean to you? How about these: Value Industries, Crest Animation Studios, Chettinad Cement, Agro Dutch Industries, Matrix Laboratories, Aztecsoft, Salora International, Golden Tobacco…Do they ring a bell? Unless you were an active stock picker two decades ago, you probably didn’t recognise the first set. Or a decade ago, for the second set. Now take a look at this chart. You’ve probably seen it before. The NIFTY 500 (the index made up of the largest 500 companies by market

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Go ahead, time the market

8th Jan 2008: NIFTY closes at a lifetime high of 6,288. 27th Oct 2008: NIFTY closes at 2,524. Down 60% from the January high. Till date, this remains the largest drawdown in its history. What would a simple and implementable system that warned you to get out of the market before impending declines look like? Yes, I know. It can’t be done. All the “market timing does not work” literature categorically proves it. But isn’t the truism “Buy low, Sell high”, an attempt to time the market? So let’s consider this in the safe confines of an academic study and

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The complete list of 2019 stock recommendations

Deep sector expertise, vast networks of industry insiders, sophisticated spreadsheet models. The professionals have all these to do what every investor wants. To Beat the market. But do they? The equity research departments of AMCs, investment banks, wealth managers have already given their 2019 stock recommendations. Some foresee volatility in macro factors and therefore recommend staying with defensive sectors like FMCG, while others expect a capital goods revival, while some expect stocks with rural exposure to do well in an election year. This page tracks the 2019 stock picks of the major institutional investors along with their starting prices to

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The 2018 professional stock picker’s report card

A positive 3% return on the benchmark NIFTY index for the calendar year sounds like a sleepy year for the markets. But any investor will tell you it was anything but sleepy. In fact, it felt a lot like one of those Hollywood horror-thrillers which starts with a group of attractive college-kids partying in a remote cabin in the woods. Everyone’s having the time of their lives. No one notices when the first one or two of them mysteriously disappear about 20 minutes into the movie. But soon they realise something is terribly wrong. Until the panic-stricken surviving few wish

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