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Opportunity in Adversity

Oct 7, 2013

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

The easiest way to make money in the long run?
The more closer you are to the noise, the more volatile your emotions can get. This tends to make people quite restless and therefore active in the market leading to making frequent trades. Here is a good article that reminds of us of how one can take advantage of market sentiments coupled with certain discipline to make money in the market over the long run. (GuruFocus)

A quick way to gauge the attractiveness of long term dividend paying companies
Given that dividends are real earnings for investors many investors swear by using this theme - as it provides steady cash flow. But when deciding to buy a stock, one must not forget to look at the fair value. Having said that, fair value is something that is difficult to calculate given the very many assumptions that go into calculating the same! Here is an interesting perspective on how one could approach the same, especially for companies that have very long term dividend paying histories. (Lifestyle Theme on Genesis Framework)

Opportunity in Adversity
"Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful." One of the Buffett's favorite investing principles is widely known. And this piece is a perfect exemplar of how money was made during the crisis time. By bailing out businesses during their times of ordeal, Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. again has made windfall gains. This could have well been possible for an average investor as well. Some valuable investments during the panic period could have yielded spectacular returns. Well, so that you do not miss the bus next time, the following article warrants a close read.... (Dow Jones & Company)

If the US debt ceiling stays in place...
..it would have a rippling affect across the world. In order to shock the current government, the Republicans have blocked the spending law. They are now refusing to increase the debt ceiling which could possibly lead to a default. Read on to know more of these possible impacts that could arise due to the mess the US has put itself into. (Bloomberg)

Absolute performance scores over relative
An interesting thought by the author who states that focusing on relative performance - versus the index or returns garnered by a particular fund manager - could easily force one to think from a short term perspective. Instead, one should aim for maximizing returns and as such focus should be on absolute performance over the long run. (Cable News Network)

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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