Thanks for Being Part of Our Silver Jubilee Celebrations!

Apr 21, 2021

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This week, at Equitymaster, we are celebrating our silver jubilee!

Yes, we have been around for 25 years and were one of the earliest in independent stock research firms in India, thanks to our visionary founder Ajit Dayal.

So, we want to make it extremely special for you dear reader. You and your fellow 400,000 readers are the reason why we continue to believe in the pledge Equitymaster made 25 years ago.

Market crashes, economic turmoil, pandemics have not been able to keep us from honouring that pledge.

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What pledge?

Well, here's the story...

Twenty five years ago, on April 22, 1996, there was an ad in the Economic Times. It announced the birth of www.QuantumIndia.com, India's first financial website.

The country had barely 10,000 VSNL internet connections then, with speeds of 28-56 kbps.

The idea of fetching information on the internet was completely alien.

And the commitment to make honest, sensible, well-articulated information and views available to all investors was truly radical.

But the man behind this vision knew entrepreneurs have to be stubborn. They must be clear. They must be devoted to the cause.

And, yes, they need to listen.

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So, in 1990, when Ajit Dayal, founder of Equitymaster, set out to build the Quantum Group, he encountered a fair share of scepticism.

Mr Hemendra Kothari of DSP told him 'Tum paagal hai. Koi foreigner nahi aayenge India ke share bazaar mein.'

Decades later, Mr Kothari walked out with a big cheque from Merrill and Blackrock after selling his businesses to those foreign companies!

Scepticism about whether an honest company can become a large, profitable, successful institution is something Equitymaster has lived with since day one.

But we firmly believed that the Indian investors deserve to know the truth!

And that belief has guided us all along.

Twenty five years later, over 400,000 valued readers of Profit Hunter, testify to that.

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Ajit also laid four key pillars that have been at the core of everything we do.

  1. There is a huge difference between building a company and building an institution. Building an institution is a far, far more difficult job.

    Having met managements for over two decades, we have seen a number of founders diligently build companies. For them, it's all about profit growth, market share, and market cap.

    Then there are entities we call 'institutions'. Institutions also end up with some profits, market share, and market caps.

    But those come as a result of the trust they enjoy.

    For Equitymaster, winning the trust of readers like you has been and will be the one and only way to grow. Whatever success we achieve is thanks to honesty... unbiasedness... trustworthiness... and truth.
  2. Regulators cannot protect you from your own greed. The financial industry is inherently crooked: It works for its own enhancement of wealth, not for yours.

    So, we can never be 'wrong' as long as we are empowering investors with credible, honest, and above all, unbiased opinions. There have been and will be cases like the IPO of Reliance Power and the debacle of IL&FS where our opinions may be challenged.

    But we will never hesitate to put forth the truth that investors deserve to know.
  3. Money and market cap are useless measures of success when accompanied by fraudulent practices, diluting the focus of being customer-centric or unethical acts. This bad model survives because people have short memories.

    Even at the cost of turning away readers and subscribers, Equitymaster has and will dissuade you from putting your hard earned money into certain stocks.

    Expect us to keep reminding you of...

  4. There is a saying that you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot force it to drink. In a similar way, I believe that there are many people out there who wish to stay thirsty.

    They have no desire to learn and understand. They work hard, they save money, then - at some dinner party - they are sold some story and they give away their savings to a smooth-talking financial intermediary.

    And their money is gone.

    In a bad world, Equitymaster is an open oasis: those who wish to seek shelter and shade are welcome.


    Whether it is helping a low-risk investor pick safe stocks or showing a high-risk investor the best way to build wealth with high-potential small caps, we can help any investor achieve his financial goals.

    But what we are most proud of is helping cheated and dejected investors win back their trust in sensible investing.

These pillars have been and will continue to be the guiding light for Equitymaster for decades. It's our pledge to never distance ourselves from the very reasons you trust us.

This pledge has persuaded us to write to you, each weekday, for the past thirteen years. It gives us the conviction to say 'no' to the hottest stocks and largest companies.

It's a pledge that encourages us make defining predictions like Sensex 40,000 and India's Revival.

Tomorrow Equitymaster completes 25 years as an honest and competent financial institution. We wish to thank you for being our source of strength, motivation, and support.

Warm regards,

Tanushree Banerjee
Tanushree Banerjee
Editor, StockSelect
Equitymaster Agora Research Private Limited (Research Analyst)

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2 Responses to "Thanks for Being Part of Our Silver Jubilee Celebrations!"

Premkumar R

Apr 21, 2021

Have enjoyed reading all your news letters even though I could only act on some of your recommendations. Looking forward to more from you. Have you been there throughout these 25 years?

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KISHORE MULAY

Apr 21, 2021

Yes indeed Equitymaster is investors best friend. Timely guidance, precise buying and selling points have been key pillars of success at Equitymaster.

Tanushri Benerji excels in spotting key mega trends which would rule in days to come. Rahul Shah excels in shifting position to cash or stocks depending on his Systems Approach. Richa Agrawal excels in discovering hidden treasures of market.

To summarize dedicated, committed team work.

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