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Making money: The basics

Sep 23, 2013

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

Focus on trend rather than getting the figures right
Investors across the world have their own ways and methods to value companies and stocks. The author of this article rightly emphasizes on the point that instead of focusing on getting the figures and estimates, it would be better if one focused on getting the broader trend right to come up with their version of intrinsic values. Read on to find out more... (GuruFocus)

A wave of corporate defaults in the offing!
One of the most powerful Asian economies is on the brink of a wave of corporate defaults. With corporate debt at 113% of GDP, the corporate sector in this economy has hardly ever been through more difficult times. Even during 2008, the corporate debt levels in the country were more manageable at 86% of GDP. That said, the free cash flows are severely negative. In fact, Forbes calls it 'a very rare occurrence, seen in Asia only in the months preceding the 1997 financial crises. Read on to find out why investors should be worried about the fate of this economy... (Forbes)

Making money: The basics
Ever find yourself too engrossed in trying to understand where your portfolio has gone wrong? Or are you finding it too difficult to understand a company's business? Take a step back and go back to the basics of investing... (Old School Value)

Why stock valuation is important?
There can be periods of time when irrationality and emotion, rather than fundamentals will drive stock prices. And such periods, of excessive greed or fear, could last for a while. But in the long term, stock prices tend to reflect the intrinsic value of the stock. But computing this value is a subjective thing as every individual has his own estimates and methodologies. Given the subjectivity involved, one may wonder whether the process of stock valuation makes any sense? This article uses a good example to highlight the importance of stock valuation in the stock picking process... (Seeking Alpha)

An investment strategy that works at all times
In investing, it is difficult to build a successful long term track record without a clear framework. In other words, one needs to have a clear investment strategy. But what about the fact that the change is the only constant in life? Yes, strategies do tend to underperform from time to time. But if one holds on to a sound strategy, the underperformance is likely to be temporary and over the long term, one is likely to find success. So read on to find out what these sound strategies are why it pays to hold on to them... (The Aleph Blog)

Devanshu Sampat

Devanshu Sampat (Research Analyst) has a degree in commerce and nearly 5 years of experience in equity research. He draws inspiration from successful value investors across the globe and constantly endeavours to refine his own unique stock picking approach. While a firm advocate of the principles of value investing, he believes in adapting a versatile investing strategy in response to varying market conditions. Devanshu contributes to our Megatrend investing service The India Letter.

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