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Why it may not pay to follow Warren Buffett?

Nov 27, 2013

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Why it may not pay to follow Warren Buffett?
Undoubtedly, Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors on this planet. As a result, most investors try to replicate him. While there are many theories floating around trying to explain the reasons for his success this article highlights why following Oracle of Omaha may not necessarily lead to the same outcome. Read on to find out why replicating him or just following his philosophy may not be the best approach to investing. (Oddball Stocks)

A passport in return for investment
It is neither handsome returns nor fame nor power. The new barter offered in exchange of investment into cash strapped nations is a 'passport'. Yes, this is indeed a smart idea devised by cash strapped European economies to lure rich Chinese and other foreign investors. The so called 'golden passports' come at a hefty price though. The investors who purchase real estate are granted residency rights, and in some cases full European Union citizenship. The minimum outlay for the same ranges from 250,000 (about US$ 340,000) to 500,000. Economies like Spain and Portugal have been using the mode to not just attract rich Chinese residents, but also those who can create employment opportunities, for a year now. Read on to find out to what extent this barter arrangement has been successful. (CNN Money)

How to manage risks in investing?
Investment in the equity markets are fraught with risk. Some of the risk arises on account of the inherent behaviors wired into our psyche. While risk in any investment cannot be totally eliminated, it can be minimized through rational thinking. Read on to find out more.... (Portfolios with Purpose)

Can Islamic finance help improve or even replace the current financial system?
In past few years; Islamic Finance has gained popularity the world over. Recently, the UK government's decision to issue a sukuk -a bond complying with Islamic Sharia law has elicited more interest in this type of finance. What if the other non-Muslim countries also adopt Islamic finance? It is worth knowing what sets Islamic finance apart from the other widely followed banking and finance principles? Read on to find out more about this emerging financial system. (Economy Watch)

Have curbs on gold imports really helped?
To curb its ballooning current account deficit, the Indian government raised restrictions on gold imports. While this has helped in bringing down the quantum of gold imports, there has been a surge in gold smuggling. The gold is being routed into India through countries such as Thailand. Read on to find out more... (The Economist)

Madhu Gupta

Madhu Gupta (Research Analyst), ValuePro has a post graduate degree in both physics and finance. Having worked with India's leading economic research agency, she has a natural flair for numbers and analytics. She brings with her a near-decade long rich experience in the field of finance. A firm believer of the principles of value investing, she looks for robust businesses with durable competitive advantages.

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