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Avoid Stocks Of Holding Companies


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Historical data shows that holding company shares might not be good for minority shareholders as the market traditionally values holding companies — an entity that controls a clutch of businesses — at a discount to their book value.

ET looked at valuations of nine holding companies listed on Indian stock exchanges. Specifically, they looked at one metric: the price-to-book value ratio. Book value is the total value of a company’s assets less intangible assets (like trademark or intellectual property) and liabilities. For seven of these nine holding companies, this ratio was less than 1, indicating under-valuation. The average discount-to-book value was 40%, and ranged from 4% (EID Parry) to 93% (UB Holdings). Aditya Birla Nuvo and Tata Investment Corporation were the two exceptions (See table).  Read more of this post

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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala In His Own Words


wealthymatters.comBelow is a favourite but somewhat dated Rakesh Jhunjhunwala interview.I frequently revisit the article to read about how he started out.Every time I wonder  how I might be able to do what I want to do with so few resources,I find reading his story inspiring.Also I like his way of limiting risk,dealing with loss , having flexible targets and dealing with unfavourable opinions.The red ink is mine.It’s to highlight the parts I find interesting.As a side note,I also like reading the account of the 1993 blasts,if for no other reason than to remind myself about the spirit of Mumbai and the grit of all Mumbaikars. Read more of this post

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