Strategies To Make Money In The Stock Market


wealthymattersFirst, remember Benjamin Graham’s mantra “The essence of portfolio management is the management of RISKS, not the management of RETURNS. Well-managed portfolios start with this precept.”

Second,remember what Baron Rothschild said – “I never buy at the bottom and I always sell too soon.” Trying to squeeze the last drop of profit from every deal might not be such a great idea.

Third,consider doing what Bernard Baruch used to do. Some 70 years ago, he would research a stock, buy it, and then each time the stock rose 10% from his purchase price, buy an additional amount equal to his first purchase. If the stock began declining he would sell everything he had bought when the drop equaled 10% of its top price.

 

 

Mohnish Pabrai


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Mohnish Pabrai is an Indian-American businessman and deep value investor.He is the managing partner of the Pabrai Investment Funds, which he founded in 1999.He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE).

Monhnish Pabrai first trained as a computer engineer. He then spent nearly two decades in the tech field.In 1990, he quit his job working as an engineer for Tellabs in Chicago and abandoned his master’s thesis at the Illinois Institute of Technology to launch TransTech, an IT consulting and systems integration company, which he funded with $30,000 from his retirement account and $70,000 from credit cards.His father encouraged him in the endeavour,saying that it was the right thing to do as staying at Tellabs and following the staid boring corporate path was high risk. Starting a business on the other hand was low risk, could give high returns and high adventure. As Monaish was single at the time there were few complications and in the worst case, he would lose everything ,which wasn’t much anyway,and could declare personal bankruptcy and start over. By 1999, Transtech, which had grown to 200 employees and $30 million in revenues, held no thrill. So he sold it. And during the tech boom,he started another company, internet incubator Digital Disrupters, which had a very painful and swift demise due the tightening of capital markets .In 2000, he sold TransTech to Kurt Salmon Associates.During late 1999, with nine other investors contributing $100,000 each,Mohnish started Pabrai Funds with $1,000,000 in assets. Pabrai Funds was modelled on the original “Buffett Partnership.” Read more of this post

The Right Approach To Long Term Investment Success In The Stock Market


wealthymatters.comThere are many ways to make money in stocks. But not every way works well over longer periods of time.There are people who never make any money from stocks and there are others who make significant amounts of money in the stock market only to lose it again.To understand how to make money from stocks and keep it the long term we need t0 study the habits of investors who have remained successful over a long term.Such an exercise shows that the odds of long-term investment success are greatly enhanced with an approach that embodies most or all of the following characteristics:

  • Thinking about investing as the purchasing of companies, rather than the trading of stocks.
  • Ignoring the daily noise of  the market. As Graham wrote in his classic, ‘The Intelligent Investor‘, “Basically, price fluctuations have only one significant meaning for the true investor. They provide him an opportunity to buy wisely when prices fall sharply and to sell wisely when they advance a great deal. At other times, he will do better if he forgets about the stock market.”
  • Only buying a stock when it is on sale i.e. available at a discount to its intrinsic value.
  • Focussing first on avoiding losses, and only then think about potential gains. “We look for businesses that in general aren’t going to be susceptible to very much change,” says Warren Buffett “It means we miss a lot of very big winners but it also means we have very few big losers…. We’re perfectly willing to trade away a big payoff for a certain payoff.” Read more of this post
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