What did they not tell us about long-term investing

This post was first published on capitalmind.in A picture is worth a thousand words No pain, No gain Money can’t buy happiness   Or the more contemporary: Privacy is a myth If you’re not paying for it, you are the product They are insightful phrases, originally by wise and often witty people. They convey one powerful idea in a short statement that would take most people pages to describe. Just that they have been used so often in literature and conversation as to have no more insight to offer. A test for whether something someone says is a truism is,

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Nobody knows Anything

Markets have been falling across the board. Some indices more than others. Auditor resignations, Additional Surveillance Measures, Trade wars, Oil prices, the list goes on… The live tracker of stock recommendations for 2018 by the major research and fund houses is down 12% for the year, with 72% of recommendations in the red. There is a general sense of “Oh crap!” about all that’s happening. It’s like that scene from ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ when Neo (the market) battles hundreds of Agent Smiths and they just keep coming and overwhelm Neo. via GIPHY Times like these, it’s natural to look for

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The curious case of HUL and how the markets play favourites

Hindustan Unilever just posted its results for the quarter ending March 2018. A healthy 14% year-on-year increase in net profit mostly attributable to a poor base quarter. HUL stock price promptly went up from around 1504 to 1574, a 4% increase in a couple of days. It is now valued at 65 times Earnings This means, If HUL’s profits stay the same and it paid out all of it’s profits to shareholders, it would take 65 years for a shareholder to recover her current buy price. For context, the NIFTY is at 27 times earnings. Chart shows HUL Earnings and

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Markets after FY2018: Bull or Bear

FY2018 was an ok year for Indian markets. The statement seems strange given what has been happening since late January. In spite of the correction over the last two months, we still ended the year up 10%+ on both the NIFTY and the NSE 500. Not quite the blockbuster returns we saw in Jan 2018 when both indices were at 20%+ returns for the financial year and certain individual stocks were giving double-digit returns in a matter of days. Things were so good that a random selection of stocks would have done fairly well over the last year [Read this before deciding

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Learning from the latest market decline

Long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of terror This phrase is attributed to many different people said to be describing many different professions. From driving big-rig trucks, flying aircraft to modern warfare. And of course, it has since been co-opted by the investment profession and by the best investors, as a metaphor for the vagaries of the market. Personally, I think it’s a bit dramatic comparing warfare with the buying and selling of stocks. True to form, financial media in the US announced 5th Feb 2018 was “the worst point decline in history“. Phrased like that you can’t help

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Read this before deciding your 2018 investment strategy

What a week for the markets! Drama from the Gujarat elections injected volatility, but overall stocks rose dramatically through the week. 82% of stocks listed on the NSE rose during the week. To put it another way, for every stock that declined, nearly five rose during the week. The markets are up nearly 30% in the last year and some stocks have outperformed indices by several orders of magnitude. No wonder that the investment industry is India’s true sunshine sector currently. As if on cue, more than a handful of experts can’t stop but wonder aloud about the sheer brilliance of

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NIFTY versus the Sectors

Market correction: “When” not “If”? We’ve all been bracing for it for a while now. At Price-Earnings of 25+, NIFTY PE is now two full standard deviations above its median value of 19, that suggests or rather shouts “correction coming!”. Simply put, we’re paying ₹25 for each ₹ of Earnings from the 50 companies in the NIFTY. Put it another way, if earnings of NIFTY companies stay at the current level, and if they pay out 100% of their earnings to shareholders, it will take 25 years to recover your investment. You’re thinking that makes no sense. Even the median value implies 19

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Can buying cheap NIFTY stocks beat the index?

Legendary value investors, past and present, and the best value investing blogs offer this as the one consistent message. Focus on buying stocks trading at relatively lower valuations to the market and the returns will take care of themselves. Ironically, the most-quoted “value investor” in the world, Warren Buffett deviated from this simplistic strategy a long time ago when he started buying “wonderful businesses” (brand, pricing power, future ability to generate cash with minimal capital) at fair prices over fair businesses at “wonderful prices” (current low price to book / other earnings multiples”. The term “wonderful business” has since then

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5 things not commonly known about the NIFTY

Earlier this week, NSE announced effective Sep 29, 4 stocks (ACC, Bank of Baroda, Tata Power, Tata Motors DVR) will be dropped and 3 (Bajaj Finance, Hindustan Petroleum, UPL) will be added to the NIFTY. When analysts talk about the performance of the “Indian Stock Market”, they are typically talking about the NSE NIFTY Index, and the BSE Sensex Index (to a lesser extent). Most investors know the NIFTY consists of 50 stocks (currently 51), of the largest companies by market capitalisation trading on the Indian markets. 5 things not commonly known about the NIFTY: 5. How the NIFTY 50

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The NIFTY in 2016

A little over a year ago, I published predicting Indian stock market returns based on historical analysis of the NIFTY and the CNX500. I did this with tongue firmly in cheek, given the very concept of value investing accepts inherent unpredictability of markets, especially in the short-term (anything less than five years) as laid out in my calm investing principles. “Anyone who says they know where the market will be a week / month / year from now is guessing (or has super powers)…“ Since I am yet to find evidence of my super powers, except for my ability to order the best thing on any restaurant

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