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  • Jan 20, 2014

    Is forecasting a useless exercise?

    Here is today's recommended reading list from Equitymaster...

    365 Investment tips for 2014
    Here come the quintessential investment tips for the New Year from the ace investors and stalwarts of investing community. Forbes guide highlights 365 investment tips to get rich that will serve as a guidepost for the entire 2014. So to not miss out on what Graham, Buffet, Peter Lynch among others has to suggest, read on... (Forbes)

    Imitation is indeed the best form of investing
    Even after committing significant resources, both monetary as well as human, to the endeavor, very few people end up beating the market on a consistent basis. Thus, from the looks of it, small investors hardly stand a chance. However, an article we came across recently happens to highlight three easy ways an investor can achieve this feat. Well, read on to find out what these three methods are. (The Globeand and Mail)

    Is forecasting a useless exercise?
    What do you think is common among events like World Wars, Great Depressions, Cold War, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers? These were some of the key events that changed the direction of global economy. These were also the events that were never predicted. So in this highly unpredictable world, what is the significance of forecasting? Isn't it a little na´ve on our part to assume that we can predict the future? The people who were most successful in finance were not the best forecasters but the ones who followed certain ways so that never needed to rely on forecasts. The article shares some of these golden rules that should be a part of everyone's financial plan. Read on to know more....(The Motley Fool)

    Is the US government funding a cartoon character?
    The US congress has recently passed the appropriations bill which will fund the national budget for the rest of the fiscal year. Among the programs that will receive additional funding are war expenses, failing public educational institutions and even a comic book character. Yes that's right. At a time when the US government's finances are stretched, they have found it worthwhile to dole out a US$ 10,000 grant to a theatre program devoted to the comic book heroine Wonder Woman! Isn't this an example of senseless government spending? Read this insightful article by noted US senator Ron Paul to find out more... (SafeHaven)

    Learn how to look at businesses from this value investor
    The reason why Warren Buffett is so widely studied is that his approach is simple. Any investor who applies the principles of value investing in a disciplined manner can achieve great results in the stock markets. Here is an interesting interview of wealth manager Wally Weitz who has done exactly that. The interview gives a good picture of how he looks at businesses and makes investment decisions... (Forbes)

      Richa Agarwal (Research Analyst), Managing Editor, Hidden Treasure has over 7 years of experience as an equity research analyst. She routinely scours the small cap universe for fundamentally strong companies trading at attractive prices. Having degrees in both finance as well as engineering has served her well in analysing business models across the small cap space. Richa is also the specialist in our team for the Oil & Gas sector.

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