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Equitymaster's Small Cap
For Just Rs 499!
(Usual price = Rs 5,000)
stocks you could invest in RIGHT AWAY...
Dear Valued Subscriber,
For a limited time, you can get access to our small cap recommendation service, Hidden Treasure, for Rs 499 only!
You pay just Rs 499... and enjoy full, unrestricted access to Hidden Treasure for the next 1 month.
If you don't like it, just cancel any time before the 31st day, and we'll refund the complete Rs 499 you paid.
And in addition, we'll also give you two of our special report titled "Steady Income Smallcaps", containing details of 3 small cap stocks you could invest in right away and "3 Recession Proof Stocks".
So why are we doing all this?
Because we really want to help you realize your dream of investing less and making bigger returns. And we believe Hidden Treasure is the service that could help you do just that.
I'm talking about returns such as 247%, 241%, 523% and 288%!
And returns MUCH bigger than that in the long-term.
Here's what two of our subscribers had to say about Hidden Treasure...
despite being risky?
It's simple, small caps can make you bigger returns than any other stocks. And in a relatively short time too.
However, the problem is that there's no other reliable source of small caps related information out there.
So people invest in every new "hot" stock somebody suggests to them or they come across on TV or in the newspapers, and lose their entire investment when the small cap company vanishes overnight.
You see, while you could make a lot of money quickly with small caps, you could also lose a lot of money quickly with them.
So what's the RIGHT way to get rich with small cap stocks then?
That's what I'm writing to you about now...
from Small Caps. . .
Have you ever wondered if there's a way in which you could invest smaller amounts, and take home EXPONENTIALLY higher profits?
For instance, invest Rs 10,000... and get back Rs 40,000, Rs 60,000 or even Rs 100,000?!
Though it doesn't happen every time, such huge returns are indeed possible.
And with small investments in the RIGHT small caps stocks.
Some of our own small cap recommendations have made amazing returns such as 247%, 241%, 523% and 288%... in just around 2-3 years!
And there are some well-known companies today that have given UNBELIEVABLE returns over the last 10 years.
And guess what? 10 years ago, they were all small caps too.
Take a look at this table:
Before you think the above companies were also our recommendations, let me tell you I'm only giving them as examples to show what's possible with small caps in the long run.
But do you see how buying into "quality" small cap stocks early and holding them for 5 to 10 years could turn out to be EXTREMELY profitable for you?
So that is what YOU should do too.
It is in the long timeframe that you really benefit from the growth of small companies that you invest in.
Small Caps Capable of Giving Exponential Returns?
Before I tell you that, check out these 4 examples first...
Company #1: eClerx Services
eClerx is basically a KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) company.
It caters to the data analytics and customised process solution needs of global clients.
One of the biggest reasons for us to recommend this stock was the resilience we thought the company's business model had - to face the economic slowdown.
We believed that this resiliency to slowdown, which was on the basis of the important role it plays in its clients' overall scheme of things, gave the company a significant advantage over the long run.
We also believed that after a near about 70% fall from its all time high levels, the stock presented itself as a very attractive investment proposition to investors (the stock was then trading at just around 3 times its trailing 12-months earnings).
While the company proved our 'resiliency' assumption right in growing its sales and profits by 62% and 39% in a bad year like 2008-09 (and then by 30% and 19% respectively in 2009-10), the stock rose by 247% till we recommended a sell on it.
So if you had invested just Rs 10,000 in it, it would have turned into Rs 34,700 eventually.
In fact, the stock rose even further after we recommended a SELL on it.
But we believe in getting out when it's still safe and not trying to time the markets as that could sometimes have devastating results.
Company #2: Zylog Systems
We had recommended this IT services and solutions company in November 2008.
The company, providing technology solutions to multiple industries like banking, financial services, insurance, telecom, healthcare and retail was doing reasonably well then.
One of the foremost reasons this stock appeared as a golden opportunity to us was that it was then trading at 63% of the company's net liquidation value, which provided a big margin of safety for investors.
Another important reason for us to recommend the stock was the strength of its business model to weather the downturn. The company had been plugging the gaps in its offerings through a string of acquisitions, all at fair valuations.
And this stock too has given a 241% return since we recommended it!
Again, Rs 10,000 in this stock would have turned into Rs 34,100.
And that's not all!
Company #3, Page Industries, has returned 523% since our recommendation in January 2009...
This company would have turned your Rs 10,000 into Rs 62,300!
And Company #4, KPIT Cummins, gave 288% since our May 2009 recommendation till we gave a SELL on it in October 2011.
Rs 10,000 in this stock would have made you Rs 38,800.
In All These Stocks?
First off, all these companies were SMALL CAP companies with huge growth potential.
But the big thing...
Though not many people realized it, they were all one of the leaders in their own sub-niche or the small area of the industry they operate in.
And thus, they were much better prepared than their peers for managing explosive growth in the years to come.
Most big companies we have in India today were also once not so big.
They all started out small, established themselves as the leader in one main area where their expertise lay, and then diversified into other areas.
Just like the above companies!
So imagine how much you would make if you found out all such high-potential small companies early, and invested in them while they're still in their infancy?
Given the uncertain nature of small caps, we cannot and should not expect every small cap stock to be an out-and-out winner.
But even if just 2 out of every 5 small cap stocks manage to endure the market uncertainties and grow, you will be rich!
investing small amounts in small caps too?
Now, before we proceed...
You must have observed by now that we are repeatedly stressing that you should invest only small amounts in each small cap.
Well, there's a good reason for that...
See, small caps ideally should not make up more than 5-10% of your portfolio together as they're risky.
And this 5-10% should always be further distributed between a number of companies because...
And you'll also be better protected against anything that might happen to these companies in the long run.
Do you understand the importance of spreading out your small cap allocation now?
and profit from reliable, high potential companies
much ahead of others. . .
I'm sure you're familiar with Pidilite and Titan as they are household names in India today.
But 10 years ago, they were just small companies with big potential. And they grew rapidly over the last decade to become what they are today.
But there was no way you could have known that sooner... until now...
Through Hidden Treasure we're providing you opportunities like that today.
The stocks we reveal through Hidden Treasure are companies that are either under-researched or not covered by other stock brokers and research firms.
There's no other authentic source of LONG-TERM recommendations on such companies. And whatever else is available is biased.
I understand that small caps may not comprise a big portion of your portfolio. But that doesn't mean you don't need to think about them at all.
This small part of your portfolio does the KEY job of maximizing your returns...
In Choosing Your Small Cap Stocks
We launched Hidden Treasure in February 2008 with a view to provide profitable Small Cap recommendations.
But "profitable" doesn't necessarily mean 327% returns in one week.
We have always said and still say that you should look at small caps from the long-term perspective.
The stocks we recommend through Hidden Treasure are strong companies and we recommend them not because we believe they will flourish in a month or two, but over a minimum period of 3 to 5 years.
We reveal reliable small companies through Hidden Treasure as and when they're available at a bargain... which gives you the opportunity to snap them up early and set yourself up for HUGE gains when these stocks soar.
But once again, please understand that...
They Are 'High Risk' Stocks Too. . .
Hence, considering the risks that small companies carry, you should realistically not expect each and every recommendation to be an out and out winner.
Plus, whenever the market crashes, small caps are the first to bear the brunt of it.
So risk taking IS required to a certain extent when investing in small caps.
And sometimes, even small cap stocks that look extremely good could turn out to be the opposite.
Like it happened in the case of MIC Electronics...
We recommended MIC Electronics in July 2009. The key reason for our belief in the company was its prominent presence in the fast growing LED lighting space, where it is a market leader in India.
The company had grown strongly in the past and its balance sheet also appeared good.
However, despite our good expectations, the company failed to capitalise on the growth opportunity. In fact, it even lost a major order from one of its key clients.
We also had some issues with the company's disclosure levels. And over that, the management's silence on the several issues facing the company was also deafening.
So given this, we recommended our subscribers to sell the stock... by which time the stock had lost 45% from our recommended price.
But what this instance has done is that it has made us even more careful now with respect to our Hidden Treasure recommendations.
So like I said initially, you can't expect every small cap stock you invest in to be a winner. But even if a few of them succeed in enduring the ups and downs and turn multi-baggers, you'll make back whatever you lost in the other stocks... plus a lot more!
By Subscribing to Hidden Treasure. . . .
'Recession Proof Stocks'
That's why we came up with the idea of finding Recession Proof Stocks.
These are companies which are bound to rise if the economy booms. And if the economy dips also, they could still come out as Winners!
And if we find Small Cap companies that meet this criteria, it is even more exciting because we both know that Small Caps have the highest potential for growth.
3 such small caps exactly like that are included in our new special report - "Recession Proof Stocks"
You can get complete information on all these 3 stocks like why we are so excited about these stocks, the risks involved, industry prospects and even their management details amongst other financial and non-financial information in our new Special Report titled: Recession Proof Stocks.
And we think you should check out Hidden Treasure at least to get this new special report and details of these 3 stocks.
every month. . .
For starters, on the 15th of every month we will notify you of an exciting small cap opportunity.
The report we send will tell you why we think this stock would be a good buy at that point, and it will also clearly explain the pros and cons of investing in that company.
You only get 1 recommendation per month because good, reliable small companies are very scarce and it also takes a lot of time and research to find them.
Equitymaster analysts have to go through many more hoops to find the few small cap gems that exist.
And since it's OUR reputation at stake here, we also have to meet with the managements of different companies and organise trips to various cities every month to make sure we're accurate in our predictions.
All this takes time, and therefore just the one report per month.
Plus, you also get:
We've been in this industry for a LONG time. In fact, we were the first Indian entity in the finance domain to venture onto the Internet.
And we have now completed 16 years online.
Today we have over 1,266,149 members in 74 countries worldwide who trust us!
But at the same time, we are NOT stock brokers. We don't gain anything even if you buy the stocks we recommend.
However, almost all of our income comes from the fee we charge on our stock recommendation services. And so it's extremely important to us that the stocks we recommended make you money.
All our recommendations are supported by thorough research - we list out the reasons to buy and also the investment concerns that we foresee We travel far and wide to meet companies before we put out reports on them
accurate more often than not . . .
You see, most investors take the return on stock investment to be the key yardstick while deciding whether or not to buy a stock.
But legendary investors like Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett have always maintained that 'evaluation of risks' should be given as much importance as 'estimation of returns'.
It is in this direction that our research team has developed the Equitymaster Risk Matrix or ERM which helps quantify the risk attached to a stock. The ERM is an integral part of our stock selection process.
Look, we all know that no two large, mid or small cap companies have exactly the same degree of risk. Even if they operate in the same sector, their business dynamics, managements and valuations are different.
That's why it is important to evaluate the risk involved in each case separately.
Now the ERM is a matrix designed to evaluate the key risks attached to a business, it financial history and its management. It ranks not just the company but also the sector in which it operates based on its relative risk profile.
our subscribers money. . .
When markets were at their nervous best in late 2008 and early 2009, our Buy recommendations on Zylog, eClerx, and KPIT Cummins were backed by our confidence in the low risk profile of these companies as shown by ERM.
As expected, these stocks went on to multiply our subscribers' wealth several times.
And it was THIS risk matrix that helped us identify the best stocks to recommend to our subscribers when several of them were looking attractive.
It did so by acting as one of the tools used for eliminating the bad stocks, so that we recommend only the good stocks.
But that's not all...
Again, it is the same ERM that we rely on to quantify the risks we believe subscribers need to be cautioned about while recommending a 'Sell'.
Given the complex operating environment that Indian business are aspiring to be a part of, we believe the ERM can offer immense value to investors seeking to maximize their long term returns by without taking on too much risk.
And here's what else you get by subscribing to Hidden Treasure...
Our Hugely Popular Asset Allocation Guide
Now there is a very important thing you need to know while investing in stocks... And that is asset allocation.
Asset allocation is the key to having a well diversified portfolio. It is what protects your investments and ensures their growth irrespective of the changes in the market.
A well diversified portfolio is one where your stocks are properly spread out across different market caps and different sectors.
Our extremely popular asset allocation guide will help you understand the ideal mix of stocks in your portfolio, so that you can minimize your losses and maximize your small cap returns.
And you can get this guide absolutely FREE when you subscribe to Hidden Treasure now.
The Portfolio Tracker is an online utility that helps you track all your equity and mutual fund investments in one place! It's online, and is available to you 24 hrs a day.
You just have to enter the details of stocks or mutual funds owned by you ONCE... and Portfolio Tracker will show you what your entire portfolio is worth AT THAT MOMENT anytime you log into it.
You see, we at Equitymaster have spent a considerable amount of time trying to understand how the fund managers who invest for the long-term track and review their portfolios.
And it is the relevant learnings from this exercise that we have translated into reports.
In addition, you can also generate customized intelligent reports for your stocks or portfolio, to understand how a certain market event could affect them.
Here's what one long-time user had to say about Portfolio Tracker:
The Portfolio Tracker usually costs Rs 330 for a year. But by subscribing to Hidden Treasure, you get it absolutely FREE.
The Daily Reckoning . . .
Now you can read what knowledgeable investors across the globe read every single day for global market analysis and investment ideas.
Yes, we are delighted to bring you 'The Daily Reckoning', a daily financial e-column by Bill Bonner, Publisher and Editor, and three-time New York Times best-selling author.
The Daily Reckoning is published every day in 3 languages from offices in 6 countries - US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, South Africa.
Now, it's India's turn... and your turn to get it for FREE!
If you're someone who's interested in investing in or even monitoring in the global markets, you'll find the Daily Reckoning extremely useful.
But here's perhaps the biggest reason to sign up for Hidden Treasure immediately...
Hidden Treasure for Rs 499 only!
During this time, you'll get our Latest Hidden Treasure recommendation... one new recommendation and access to archives of ALL the previous Hidden Treasure recommendations.
These should be enough to give you an idea of whether Hidden Treasure is for you or not.
If you don't like it, just let us know and cancel your subscription Any time before the 31st day. And you'll get your complete Rs 499 back.
In addition, we'll also let you keep the special report, and any Hidden Treasure recommendation reports that you downloaded during this period as compliments from Equitymaster for trying Hidden Treasure.
But, if you like Hidden Treasure and decide to stay on, you don't have to do anything and the deal gets even better...
Rs 1,950 for a year equates to just about Rs 5.34 per day.
Seriously, this is way less than what you spend on all the phone calls to your broker, the money you pay to watch the noise on your television, and all the newspapers and magazines you buy hoping to find good investment opportunities.
And none of these other things can provide you unbiased and reliable small cap recommendations like Hidden Treasure.
With a subscription to Hidden Treasure, you can be rest assured that whenever we come across little known, high potential small companies, we will notify you of them right away.
Hidden Treasure is not for everybody!
For instance, if you're nearing retirement or have already retired, I don't recommend putting all of your retirement money into small caps.
Small caps are for those who are ready to take some risk to make big returns.
While you could make a lot of money from small caps, you could also lose a lot of it very quickly.
Just one good small cap stock could be enough to make you very rich. But to find that one small cap stock, you might have to go through a few duds as well.
Therefore every small cap investor needs to understand this and plan his or her small cap investments wisely.
And that's what Hidden Treasure can help you with!
Reliable Small Cap Opportunities
Like I have showed you, investing tiny portions of your money in small cap stocks could give you unimaginable returns and make you rich beyond your expectations.
However, 2 things are extremely important for that to happen:
This is where Hidden Treasure comes to the rescue.
The thing with small caps is that they are either under-researched, or information on many of them doesn't exist at all.
No doubt, good small cap companies are extremely hard to find. That's why we take a whole month and do thorough research to identify each small cap gem that we will recommend to you.
Plus, since it's our reputation and our income on the line, we are always extra careful before telling you to put your hard-earned money in a stock.
So why hesitate anymore?
Like I already said, you can try Hidden Treasure for the next 1 month by paying just Rs 499.
If you feel Hidden Treasure is not for you, just let us know before the 31st day and we'll cancel your subscription. And refund your full amount.
And we'll let you keep the 2 special reports also as a thank-you for trying our service.
But if you stay on, you will get a Year of Hidden Treasure Subscription for less than 40% of its normal price -- just Rs 1,950 instead of the usual Rs 5,000.
But I'd like to remind you again one last time - This is an offer that most probably will NOT be repeated.
We are just doing this because you're a valued premium subscriber who doesn't have Hidden Treasure yet. And we want to give you a chance to check it out first, and pay later if you like it.
So don't squander this opportunity...
This offer will close on 13th December 2012.
P.S.: Doubling your money with safe blue-chips is one thing. But what if you could invest small amounts of your money in a particular type of stocks... and make back 4 times, 6 times or 10 times your investment? The above letter shows you exactly how you could do that!
P.P.S.: Try Hidden Treasure for a whole month by paying just Rs 499. If you don't like it, just let us know before the 31st day and you get a 100% refund. And if you do like it and stay on, you'll be able to get Hidden Treasure for less than 40% of the usual yearly price. So either way, YOU win!
But this Rs 499 trial will be available till 13th December 2012 only. So make sure you get in before then!
P.P.P.S.: If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at +91-22-61434055 or Write in to us. We will be delighted to assist you!
* Adjusted share prices have been used for Shriram Transport Finance
**Returns have been calculated as on 30th June 2011 or the date of sell recommendation, whichever is applicable