Reblog: BSE Ltd IPO review


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After demonetization, the market went for tail spin with standstill activities in the primary market. However, the long waited IPO of BSE is taking a lead to break the ice for CY 2017 as well as final quarter of FY16-17 as the first main board IPO.

BSE LTD (erstwhile known as The Bombay Stock Exchange) is the premier and the oldest stock exchange of Asia (established on 9th July 1875) and has become the most trustworthy brand as far as stock market is concerned and has become the synonyms with its Sensex and Dalal Street.

Today BSE is the world’s largest exchange by number of listed companies (5,329), India’s largest and world’s 10th largest exchange by way of market capitalization, with US$ 1.7 trillion in total market capitalization of all listed companies and the world’s fastest stock exchange. It has now also become the first stock exchange to go public in India and has thus become the first mover. BSE has diversified products for trading is also providing IT services and solutions, listing business, marketing business, data business etc.

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Reblog: 2 Moving Averages that Beat Buy and Hold


2 Moving Averages that Beat Buy and Hold

Most the investing establishment considers buy and hold investing the Holy Grail that always works out in the long term. For long term buy and hold investing your entry time frame matters, whether you got in at good prices and if you have time after bear markets to get back to even. NASDAQ buy and holders waited a long time from March of 2000 and buy and holders from 2007 also had to wait many years to get back to where they were. The most simple long term moving average systems can beat buy and hold by getting and keeping you in during bull markets and getting you out before big drawdowns. You are capping your downside risk and keeping your upside potential profits open by simply having an entry and exit strategy based on price action not opinions or predictions.

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Nifty ends the week below 8,350 on poor Q3 results


Benchmark indices continued trading under pressure as investors remained cautious ahead of inauguration speech of Donald Trump as US President and after disappointing Axis Bank’s earnings.

Nifty 50 breached its 8,400 level dragged by Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Adani Ports and ACC while BSE Sensex fell as much as 296 points at intra-day.

S&P BSE Sensex settled the day at 27,034, down 274 points, while the broader Nifty50 ended at 8,349, down 85 points.

Among broader markets, BSE Midcap index fell 1.5% while BSE Smallcap index fell 0.1.2%.

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Reblog: Quality Companies, Compounders and Value Traps – Investment Masters Class


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Many of the great investors evolve over time to focus on high quality companies.  In the post ‘Evolution of a Value Manager’ I outlined how Buffett, with insight from Munger and the acquisition of See’s Candy transitioned from seeking cheap companies [ie cheap PE/, price/book etc] to trying to purchase high quality companies at reasonable prices.  Li Lu and Mohnish Pabrai are two Buffett disciples who have made a similar transition.

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Reblog: The Dhandho Investor


Value investor Mohnish Pabrai wrote The Dhando Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns (Wiley, 2007).  It’s an excellent book that captures the essence of value investing:

The lower the price you pay relative to the probable intrinsic value of the business, the higher your returns will be if you’re right and the lower your losses will be if you’re wrong.

If you have a good investment process as a value investor, and you’re focused on cheap and good companies with low or no debt, then you are likely to be right on roughly 2/3 of your investments.  Because losses are minimized on the other 1/3 – due to the low price paid – the overall portfolio is likely to do well over time.

Mohnish sums up the Dhando approach as:

Heads, I win;  tails, I don’t lose much!

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Sensex on Friday ends marginally lower, Nifty holds 8,400; TCS top laggard


The benchmark indices on Friday settled marginally lower after market heavyweight Tata Consultancy Services slumped on worries about its future following key management changes.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 27,238, down 9 points, while the broader Nifty50 closed at 8,400, down 7 points.

In the broader market, the BSE Midcap (down 0.03%) and BSE Smallcap indices (up 0.03%) closed flat.

The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was negative. On the BSE, 1,493 shares declined and 1,236 shares rose. A total of 177 shares were unchanged.

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Reblog: The Benefits Of Productive Worrying – yes worrying can be good for you!!


Seth Klarman is one of the world’s most respected value investors, and when he speaks, it always pays to listen. Unfortunately, Klarman is relatively media-shy, his interviews over the years have been few and far between. You have to dig to find all of his prior media coverage.

This month’s copy of Value Investor Insight magazine pulls some Klarman wisdom out of the archives. The wisdom is taken from the pages of the value fund manager’s 2004 letter to investors of his industry-leading hedge fund, Baupost. Titled “productive worrying,” Klarman talks about one of the key traits every successful investor has and how the average investor can better their investing process by looking to the long-term and worry about the things that matter not the issues they have no influence over.

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Reblog: Hedge Fund Managers Struggle to Master Their Miserable New World


Howard Fischer, wearing a white shirt and khakis, leans back into a window seat at a juice bar in Greenwich, Connecticut, sips a cold-brewed Mexican mocha and shares his angst.

“It’s miserable, miserable,” the 57-year-old manager of $1.1 billion Basso Capital Management says of hedge fund returns over the past few years. “If that’s the normal expectation, I don’t have a business.”

Fischer’s lament and ones like it are echoing through the industry. It’s an existential crisis for former masters of the universe who once prided themselves on their trading prowess. Now they’re questioning their wisdom and their ability to generate profits that made them among the richest in finance.

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Online Trading – Yet another feature on stockarchitect.com


We recently revamped the entire website, as you know by now. It is not just a cosmetic change but we have added new features for the benefit of our users. The whole purpose of the revamp was to add more value to the time invested by the users on the website.

One such feature is Online Trading.

How often have you read about something interesting like a view on a particular stock etc. but then you had to go log in to your Zerodha account to trade? In the midst of this, you receive a call and the next thing you know is that you missed it. Sounds familiar right? Not anymore.

StockArchitect in partnership with Zerodha brings the convenience of trading right into the interface so that you never miss out that important trade even for a split second.

Using the feature is simple.

Let us take a stock say, Bharti Airtel.

In the top middle of the screen, you will the Buy and Sell buttons.

Click on Buy or Sell and you will be asked to login to your Zerodha account.

Voila – you are now on familiar territory. Trade as you would.

Don’t have a Zerodha Account? Help is at hand. You can sign up now.

Keep yourself tuned to this space as we announce new features for our users.

Happy Investing!


Interactive Charts – A new feature on stockarchitect.com


We recently revamped the entire website, as you know by now. It is not just a cosmetic change but we have added new features for the benefit of our users. The whole purpose of the revamp was to add more value to the time invested by the users on the website.

Interactive charts – is one such feature.

How often have you read about something interesting like a view on a particular stock etc. but then you had to go some place else to look up the charts? Since you are away from the machine that had these charts, you missed it. Sounds familiar right? Not anymore.

StockArchitect in partnership with Tradingview brings the convenience of charts right into the interface.

Using the feature is simple.

Let us take a stock say, Punjab National Bank.

To the right of the screen, you will see the link interactive charts

Click on the link and you will be able to see the chart in a new window. The charts are easy and intuitive for beginners, and powerful enough for advanced chartists.

Keep yourself tuned to this space as we announce new features for our users.

Happy Investing!