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Value Investing Lessons Relevant At All Times

  • 1992 batch of Sensex stocks: Hindustan Motors
    (Sep 26, 2012)If one had invested Rs 100 in Hindustan Motors (HML) at the start of 1991 - more than 2 decades ago - his investment would currently be down by about 10% in absolute terms.
  • 1992 batch of Sensex stocks: Cummins
    (Sep 26, 2012)If performance was the only criteria to be a Sensex constituent, Cummins India's place would have been undisputed. Investing Rs 100 into Cummins India Ltd (Cummins),
  • 1992 batch of Sensex stocks: GSFC
    (Sep 24, 2012)It is difficult to imagine that a state run company in a regulated industry like fertilisers was amongst India’s bluest of blue chips way back in 1992.
  • 1992 batch of Sensex stocks: Premier Ltd.
    (Sep 20, 2012)Enjoying a monopoly clearly has its advantages. But being proactive and adapting to the changing times, when at the helm of affairs, is the only way to ensure long-term survival. And companies that fail to innovate slowly fade into oblivion no matter what the formidable position they once enjoyed.
  • 1992 batch of Sensex stocks: Indian Rayon
    (Sep 18, 2012)Two decades back, textiles and metals were to Indian economy what software and financial services were in 1990s and 2000s. Family run conglomerates were looked upon by investors as the safest way to grow their wealth.
  • What you should know to invest in gold
    (Jun 22, 2012)Gold is an asset that has dazzled investors in recent times. And investors have all the reasons to be happy about owning gold. Since the end of 1978, the yellow metal has delivered nearly 620% in terms of returns. The following graph is a testimony to the good times that gold has given to people who believed in it and held it for a long time.
  • Your stock has crashed. Should you blindly buy more?
    (May 7, 2012)Opportunity cost is defined as the cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. It's the benefits one could have received by taking the next best alternative action.
  • What stock screeners will not tell you?
    (Apr 18, 2012)The process of Stock selection is more often called an art than science. While there is no sure method to get it right, this art is not without its element of logic. With so many listed stocks, it is a baffling task to pick up the best that promises strong performance.
  • When FCCBs turns ugly: Part II
    (Apr 10, 2012)This is the second and last article in our series on Foreign Currency Conversion Bonds (FCCBs) in India.
  • Beware before investing in complex fin.products
    (Apr 4, 2012)When investor sentiments are positive and the overall investment environment is vibrant, the manufacturers of financial products try to make hay when the sun shines.
  • When FCCB turns ugly: Part I
    (Mar 28, 2012)This is a first of a two article series on Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs). Many Indian companies issued FCCBs in 2007 which are due to redeem in 2012, and this has challenging implications.
  • 3 Intelligent Personal Finance Thumb Rules
    (Mar 26, 2012)With the plethora of personal finance sites and the wealth of advice floating around on the web, given by your bank, or insisted upon by your advisor, sometimes it helps to take a step back and do a broad check to see if overall, you're doing the right things.
  • Do you skip these while reading annual reports?
    (Mar 13, 2012)The very prospects of hiring a new employee, getting married or seeking business partners compel us to have thorough knowledge of the individual we are to get associated with. Hence it is not just the curriculum vitae (CV) that we rely on.
  • Delisting: What should an investor do?
    (Feb 6, 2012)
  • Rule of '9-9-9' to make you rich
    (Nov 25, 2011)US Presidential nominate, Herman Cain, had come up with a program titled '9-9-9' aimed at reforming the US tax system.
  • Understanding Working capital - Part 1
    (Nov 21, 2011)Working capital is a critical component in the functioning of any business. Working capital is akin to the oxygen supply for a business.
  • Understanding the basics of yield curves
    (Jun 14, 2011)Very often you may come across the term 'yield curve' and wonder what it implicates for a common investor. In this article we will try and understand the basics of bond yield curves. Let's start off with a simple example. Say your office colleague, wants to urgently borrow Rs 5,000 from you. He promises to repay you the very next day.
  • Buyback: What should a retail investor do?
    (Mar 3, 2011)An investor buys a stock with the intention to earn returns. These returns accrue over a period of time. So why would a company buy its own stock? To earn returns on itself? Sounds confusing? Well read on to understand more.
  • Equity or Debt: Which is cheaper?
    (Oct 13, 2010)Put yourself in the shoes of the CFO of a company. One major aspect you will be confronted with in your job will relate to the financing of your company's assets. Just like a plant needs water to grow, businesses need capital in order to expand.
  • Investing and the 'rule of 72'
    (Sep 27, 2010)As an investor, the dream is to grow the money invested over years. Investors specifically look for opportunities that double their money or even earn more than double.