Reblog: Warren Buffett : This is the best book I read last year…


Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is out with its annual letter to shareholders.
Near the bottom of the letter, the billionaire investor touches on his favourite reads of 2016.

“The best book I read last year was ‘Shoe Dog’ by Nike’s Phil Knight ,” he writes. “Phil is a very wise, intelligent and competitive fellow who is also a gifted storyteller.”

He adds that Omaha, Nebraska-based retailer The Bookworm will have “piles” of the book, in addition to “investment classics by Jack Bogle,” at the annual Berkshire shareholder meeting in May.

Notably, Buffett is actually briefly mentioned near the end of “Shoe Dog.”

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Markets end flat on Friday as investors remain edgy ahead of poll results on Saturday


Benchmark indices settled the day flat and posted small weekly gains as investors stayed cautious ahead of assembly election results. Exit polls declared yesterday showed BJP ahead of other rival parties in all the five states.

Victory for BJP in Uttar Pradesh will boost PM Narendra Modi’s chances of winning the 2019 general election. It would also give the party more number of legislators in the Rajya Sabha where it doesn’t have a majority, improving the government’s chances of passing key reform bills.

The 30-share Sensex ended 17 points higher at 28,946, while the 50-share Nifty settled the day at 8,934, up 7 points.

In the broader market, the BSE Midcap was down 0.2%, while BSE Smallcap fell 0.1%.


Reblog: Avenue Supermarts DMart IPO review


Issue Summary

Avenue Supermarts Ltd (ASL) is an emerging national supermarket chain (D mart) , with a focus on value-retailing. According to Technopak, in Fiscal 2016 ASL was one of the largest and the most profitable F&G retailer in India. It offers a wide range of products with a focus on the Foods, Non-Foods (FMCG) and General Merchandise & Apparel product categories. ASL opened its first store in Mumbai, Maharashtra in 2002. As of January 31, 2017, it had 118 stores with Retail Business Area of 3.59 million sq.ft, located across 45 cities in Maharashtra (59), Gujarat (27), Telangana (13), Karnataka (7), Andhra Pradesh (4), Madhya Pradesh (3), Chhattisgarh (1), NCR (1), Daman (1) and Rajasthan (2). At the end of the nine months period ended December 31, 2016 and Fiscals 2016, 2015 and 2014, the company had 117, 110, 89 and 75 stores with Retail Business Area of 3.57 million sq. ft., 3.33 million sq. ft., 2.66 million sq. ft. and 2.14 million sq. ft., respectively.

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Reblog: Music Broadcast (Radio City) IPO review


Issue Summary

Music Broadcast Ltd (MBL) is operating radio stations under the branch “Radio City” and has grown its presence from 4 cities in 2001 to 37 cities as on 15th February 2017. These radio stations include the eight “Radio Mantra Stations” transferred from SPML pursuant to the Scheme of Arrangement and nine out of eleven New Radio City Stations. The company expects the remaining two New Radio City Stations to be operationalised by March/ April 2017. MBL is present in 12 out of the top 15 cities in India by population having a reach to over 49.60 million listeners in 23 cities. All its Phase II Radio City Stations which were under Phase II Policy have been migrated to the Phase III Policy. These include Radio City stations which are present at Bengaluru, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Nagpur, Jaipur, Vadodara, Coimbatore, Vizag, Ahmednagar, Sholapur, Sangli, Nanded, Jalgaon and Akola and the Radio Mantra Stations which have been transferred to it pursuant to the Scheme of Arrangement which are located at Agra, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Jalandhar, Ranchi, Hissar, and Karnal. Under the Phase III Policy, new cities were opened up for auction, pursuant to which MBL acquired 11 additional radio stations i.e. the New Radio City Stations. The New Radio City Stations which have been operationalised are located at Kanpur, Ajmer, Kota, Udaipur, Patiala, Jamshedpur, Nasik, Kolhapur and Madurai. The remaining two New Radio City Stations namely Bikaner and Patna are expected to be operationalised by March/ April 2017. Under the Phase III Policy the license period for radio stations has been increased to 15 years and radio stations are now permitted to carry news bulletins of AIR and also network their radio stations in all cities.

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Sensex pares losses to end flat on Friday, Nifty below 8,900


The market on Friday extended fall for the second straight session as investors booked profits after a sharp rally that lifted the benchmark indices to near two-year highs in the previous session.

The negative trade in Asian markets, which slipped on expectations of a US interest rate hike in March, also weighed on sentiment.

The S&P BSE Sensex settled the day at 28,832, down 7 points, while the broader Nifty50 ended at 8,897, down 2 points.

The broader market outperformed the frontline indices. BSE Midcap gained 0.3%, while BSE Smallcap added 0.4%

The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was negative. On BSE, 1,450 shares fell and 1,372 shares rose. A total of 171 shares were unchanged.

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Reblog: Only a Market Crash Can Stop Warren Buffett From Winning This $1 Million Bet


It was a $1 million bet: Could hedge funds outperform index funds over a decade?

Warren Buffett said no in 2007. Now it looks like the billionaire investor was right.

His chosen index fund, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares, climbed 66% from the start of the bet through the end of 2015, compared with a gain of 22% for a basket of hedge funds selected by asset manager Protégé Partners, including fees.

The $1 million bet with Protégé Partners ends Dec. 31. At this point, it would take a massive stock-market drop for Mr. Buffett to lose. An extended bull market and sub par performance by many hedge funds since the 2008 financial crisis have helped his case.

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Traderwave and StockArchitect


February 26, 2017 was just another Sunday for most people as they enjoyed their afternoon siesta. However, for a few it was different. The founder of Traderwave.com, Philip Teo was down from Singapore and he conducted a session entitled ‘Technical Trend Training’ right here in Mumbai. StockArchitect‘s founder, Dhaval Parikh was also there as part of the panel. Dhaval discussed and demonstrated the newest features of StockArchitect viz., Insider Trading and Bulk Deal and also explained to the audience how gleaned information from these features could be used for trading.

During Philip’s session, he mentioned books that he had read and strongly recommended for all to read. We are pleased to share those names below.

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Stock specific moves push Sensex up for 5th straight week


It was a week of stock specific moves. The market ended positive for the fifth consecutive week thanks to a smart rally in stocks like TCS, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Reliance Industries in an otherwise a holiday-truncated expiry week. Globally, low probability of US Federal Reserve hiking interest rates in US in its March policy meeting also contributed to the buoyant sentiment.

During the week ended February 10, the S&P BSE Sensex added 1.5% or 424 points to settle at 28893, while Nifty50 gained 1.3% or 118 points to close at 8939.

Midcap and Smallcap stocks also mirrored the gains in the frontline indices to rise nearly 1% each.

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Reblog: Mohnish Pabrai’s Approach To Beating The Market


Mohnish Pabrai, managing partner of Pabrai Investment Funds, speaks during the Value Investing Congress in New York. Photographer: Daniel Barry/Bloomberg News

Since inception, Mohnish Pabrai has beat the stock market by triple digit returns. What was the key to his success? Pabrai would argue nothing unexpected or surprising.  In fact, he attributes his massive success to a keen sense of cloning other super-investors like Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. On the investing podcast, Pabrai discussed a range of topics to help explain his way of thinking and methods for achieving such strong performance.

Preston Pysh: [2:29] You have an IT background that not a lot of people know about. Would you have taken a different career path if you had found value investing first?

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Reblog: Go for the Million!


If you already have a million dollars or more, this blogpost is not for you.

For all others, I’ll cut the bullshit and get to the chase. I am just mighty pissed off.

When you have less than a million dollars –

Please don’t listen to any or all the Gurus who are propagating 16% CAGR, 18% CAGR, 20% CAGR. You know the usual spiel. Say, you have 5 Lakh rupees. Gurus recommend that you should be happy be 18% CAGR or 20% CAGR and over a long period of time (40 years), you would be so rich, that even the rich would be ashamed.

Bullshit.

For all those studies, where you read that if you had invested in quality at any price, and just held on to them for a long period of time (40 years), you would have made enough money to be proud of yourself.

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