Avoid Stocks Of Holding Companies


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

Gone Fishing With Buffett

wealthymatters Warren Buffet follows his own investment method and has stuck to it through thick and thin to made a lot of money. The key principles of this investment method, as described by Sean Seah in his book Gone Fishing with Buffett are as follows:

1. Investment Rule Number 1: Never Lose Money
Investment Rule Number 2: Never Forget Rule Number 1.

2. Risk comes from ignorance.

3. Buy businesses with good and exceptional economics and buy them at a sensible price. Repeat until wealthy.

4. The stock market is the only place where people who drive BMWs take advice from people who take the train.

5. If you need complicated maths for investing, Buffett would probably be distributing newspapers today. Read more of this post

Historic Sensex Ratios

wealthymatters,comMemory has its limitations.If ever you want  to step back and go over historic P/Es,P/B and Dividend Yields of the SENSEX to get a better grip on things, here are the links:

1.For P/E link

2.For P/B link

3.For Dividend Yield link

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