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Forget the Elections, the IPL Teaches You More About Investing

May 9, 2019

Tanushree Banerjee, Editor, The 5 Minute Wrapup

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is on in full swing.

Even after 11 years since it started, the craze keeps getting bigger and better. Viewership this year crossed 400 million during the first four weeks.

One out of every third person in India watching the IPL!

Eight teams fight it out for the title over two months. These teams are given the same budgets. You would expect a close contest between all eight teams over the years.

But does it work that way?


A person who closely follows the IPL will notice a clear pattern. That of two teams dominating the tournament. The Mumbai and the Chennai franchises have contested 8 of the 11 finals over the years and have shared 6 titles between them.

Even in other sports, there are always one or two teams or individuals that are dominant.

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Why does this happen and what does it teach us?

You see, the winners just have something extra. It can be leadership, strategy or any unique thing they are better at.

And once they crack the code in sports or any other field, they always stay ahead of competition.

Winning becomes a habit.

What does that teach us about the investing world?

You see, the aam investor has a habit of looking for unknown stocks. They get excited when they discover a stock no one's heard of or one that has fallen a lot from its highs. The mind makes up stories of how it will be the next 100 bagger for them.

They see a small bank with no track record of earnings and expect it will become the next HDFC Bank.

I believe in the opposite - Safe Stocks.

These are stocks of companies that have cracked the code of their industry.

These are businesses with a proven track record and big a head start in strategy, geographical reach, distribution network, branding, and the quality of management.

Once they get ahead of the competition, they are likely to stay there for a very long time.

For your long term investments, dear reader, focus on these stocks.

I do the same for my subscribers. Look for safe stocks that are ahead of competition in everything they do.

Follow my 3-point manifesto for investing in these stocks.

For now, the Mumbai team that I support is in the IPL finals once again. I hope they win it once again this Sunday.

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Chart of the Day

If the India Volatility Index (VIX) score is anything to go by, we are in for a turbulent ride ahead.

The India VIX Index measures the volatility expected over the next 30 days. It touched an all-time high recently.

Market Volatility Highest in Years

Uncertainty over the general elections, trade war threats between US and China and rising crude oil prices have all contributed to widespread fear among investors.

While the 2018 correction was mainly due to corporate governance issues back home, the threat of macro issues looms large in 2019.

For you, dear reader, it is important to ignore the short-term noise of the mainstream media.

While the volatility index is high, it is no indicator of the market direction. The index was high during 2014 as well, prior to the elections. Post that we had a multi-year bull run.

I believe safe stocks with strong fundamentals will do well regardless the short-term volatility.

In fact, the volatility might just give you an opportunity to load up on these quality businesses.

Warm regards,

Tanushree Banerjee
Tanushree Banerjee
Editor and Research Analyst, The 5 Minute WrapUp

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1 Responses to "Forget the Elections, the IPL Teaches You More About Investing"

Debabrata Ghosh

May 9, 2019

I did not expect such gross mistake from you. IPL craze has made Indian people crazy.

Statistics says 400 million viewership in first 4 weeks. Considering there is only one match per day, 28 matches were played in 4 weeks.

Number of TV sets telecasting IPL matches in these 28 days will be 400 / 28 = 14.3 million. Number of viewership is estimated from channel selection data received from service provider and not by actually counting people sitting in front of a TV.

Considering there is an average of 2 persons sitting in front of the TV, there will be atmost 28 million people watching IPL.

Do your math right.

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