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The powerful margin of safety model

Dec 30, 2013

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Which equity markets are slated to be the best performers in 2014?
No prizes for guessing that the global equity markets are going to remain extremely volatile in the year ahead. Central banks including the US Federal Reserve, the ECB, People's Bank of China and Reserve Bank of India are expected to keep investors on their toes. Add to that the impact of growth, inflation, currency movements and asset valuations on investors' appetite for stocks. Making predictions taking every aspect into account is a rather impossible task. However, the current valuations of global equity markets do give some sense as to which markets are likely to outperform the others. Find out more in this article on (

Biggest investing lessons of 2013
2013 was a volatile year for stock markets. While the Indian stock markets did reach an all time high investor sentiment was perhaps at an all time low. Nonetheless, with markets reaching new highs most investors felt that they missed the bus. This is the time when greed overtakes fear resulting in decisions that are unfavorable over the long term. Today's article highlights lessons investors should learn from the way market behaved in 2013. It shares some interesting insights over investor psychology and rationality. Read on to find out more about it. (Dow Jones & Company)

The powerful margin of safety model
Margin of safety. No matter how many times we read about it, it just seems to make more and more sense every time. Here is another interesting look at this topic and why it is important in all walks of life. (Farnam Street)

Fed may have tapered QE, but can it completely exit from it?
The US Fed's recent decision to taper QE has seen a positive reaction from the markets. But just how reliable is this QE taper? Will the Fed be able to ultimately exit from the same? Pimco's El Erian has stated that the Fed may have won the 'QE taper' battle, but has yet to win the 'QE exit' war. Read on to find out the reasons for his cautious stance. (

How to define safe assets?
In the world of investing, there is no such thing as a safe asset. A lot of factors come into play for each asset class, which makes it impossible for one to put all his money into one basket. However as per the author, a lot depends on the prevailing market sentiments. Read on to know more about this interesting topic. (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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