As long term value investors, we don't worry about where share prices are headed on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
As long term investors, we don't really look at the movements of the Index. Though - as those who bombarded me for making a "prediction" about the Index know - we do sometimes give these "could be" scenarios to tantalise the rational mind into thinking what irrational things can make the markets do! ☺
But, being long term investors, we focus on the quality of managements and the attitude of the shareholders of the founding families.
----------------------------- A Bold Call On Where The Stock Markets Are Headed -----------------------------
One of India's most well-known investors had this to say on being asked where Indian stock markets were headed -
"The Mother of all bull markets is ahead of us."
Now, we don't know whether or not this is likely to happen.
But we do know that to make money from stocks, you need to get two things right...
The first of course is that you need to pick the right stocks.
And the second, which is even more important than the first, is something that we are revealing to you in this note today...
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Now, as long term thinkers, we have a new worry.
Well, actually, a new set of worries.
India, it seems to us, has a shortage of drivers. And a surplus of street fighters.
Let me explain.
Hey, where's my company?
While my father, a retired doctor, loves to hear his TV at full volume and seems glued to the shouting matches that are labelled as anchored-discussions, I don't focus on all these scams that are unfolding faster than you can say "Ek aur chor". As the Nana Chudasama banner on Marine Drive says, we need a Directory of Scams.
But, recently, I have begun to sit up and take notice to the channels that have taken the phrase "The Argumentative Indian" to a whole different level.
It all began when my driver - let's call him Nitin for sake of simplicity - walked up to me and demanded, "I want to keep company!"
Surprised by his abruptness I asked, "Sorry - what company?"
"Well", he said, "it is embarrassing enough that I drive a car which is 8 years old. All the other drivers are driving cars that are new models of new cars. To save myself from embarrassment, I tell them that you travel a lot and that you have your expensive cars outside India. So that is why they still talk to me and let me play cards with them in the parking lot."
"Well, the car still works well and it is very comfortable inside. And you did spend Rs. 30,000 to get it painted and fixed one year ago", I reminded him.
"Acha, usko choro - forget the car", said an irritated Nitin, "when the other drivers see you with your mobile phone, they again ask me what I am doing working with a boss who has an old model mobile phone and no smart phone. Again, I tell them that i-phones are what you use on your travels."
"You know I am not very good at using these new technology things", I said. "Though my family has many such gadgets."
"Who bhee theek hai - that is also acceptable. And I tell the other drivers that. But this company thing is really bothering me. I have been with you for 30 years and you never told me that I will get a company. Every driver I play cards with has a company. Some even have six. This one driver had a bad hand and I knew my game was better than his. But he took out the keys of a flat, looked me in the eye, and said, 'himmat hai to khel. Mai ek flat bet kar rahu hoon. (If you have guts play, I am willing to bet one apartment)' I knew my game was better and I wanted to bet the flat that I stay in - even though it is not mine. The he said, 'soch ke khel, ye flat Adarsh mein hai, tera Vashi mein, Vashi/Tashi ka flat nai chalega idhar'. (Play carefully, my apartment is in Adarsh and is expensive, your cheap flat in Vashi will not work in this game). Realising his firepower, I threw my cards down and - sure enough - my game was better than his! I lost a winning game of cards because you did not give me a flat in south Bombay".
"Oh", I said, not sure how else to react to such a ridiculous notion of a driver being given a flat.
"That is not the end of the story", said Nitin, "another driver watching me throw away a winning hand said, 'kyaa, tera boss ne company nahin diya?Arey mere boss ne company bhi diya or usme Rs 160 crore ka loan be milla!' (What? Your boss has not given you a company? Why, my boss gave me a company and also got that company a loan of Rs 160 crore!)"
"So this is it", said Nitin, with finality, "I can no longer keep up the embarrassment of working with you. I am quitting. Some Kejriwal fellow needs a driver. The last person with driving skills in his entourage was some Anna fellow and he was driving trucks for the army. With all the practice I have driving your old car; I can also drive his trucks. And from what I am told, Kejriwal has so many allegations to be released he needs many trucks to carry his RTI documents. My decision is clear: I will either be a driver who owns many companies, or I will be a street fighter who will expose those other drivers who got their companies. That is the only way I can win the card games during Diwali."
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