Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Ten Commandments For Investing

wealthymatters1.Be an optimist! The necessary quality for investing success.

2.Expect a realistic return.Balance fear and greed.

3.Caveat emptor. Never forget this four letter word-R-I-S-K.

4.Invest on broad parameters and the larger picture.Make it an act of wisdom not intelligence.

5.Be disciplined.Have a game plan.

6.Be flexible.For investing is always in the realms of possibilities.

7. Contrarian investing.Not a rule,not ruled out.

8.Its important what you buy.Its more important at what price you buy.

9.Have conviction.Be patient.Your patience may be tested,but your conviction will be rewarded.

10.Make exit an independent decision.not driven by profit or loss.


Stocks To Capture Rural Prosperity

wealthymattersA short drive out of our cities will show you that prosperity and modernity are reaching our villages too.If you wish to benefit by this increase in prosperity in rural areas you could accumulate the stocks of the following companies:

1. Hero Motocorp : Hero is the strongest 2 wheeler brand in rural areas and has 5000 distribution points in rural India,the highest in the industry,It derives nearly half of its sales from rural areas.

2. Emami : In the consumer industry,Emami has one of the highest exposures to rural markets.Around 60% of its sales and 50% of its profits come from here.

3. Maruti :1/3rd of its sales comes from rural areas where it has a strong brand and network.

4. Mahindra & Mahindra : The farm equipment segment (tractors) represents 40% of the topline.

5. M&M Fin Services : One of the largest vehicle finance companies,M&M Financial Services focuses on the rural and semi-rural areas with a majority of its 675 branches being located in such areas.A rise in rural incomes leads to greater demand for tractors and passanger vehicles.

6. ITC : The company makes 35-49% of its sales from the rural market.It is witnessing the rural consumers moving up the value chain in cigarette category.

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

Safer Bets

 The return of capital is more important than the return on capital.So it is important to avoid the pump and dump operations of promoters and market operators. Here is a list of safer promoters compiled by jigs of  BSE India Market View

Indian promoter groups:

Birla(founded in 1861),
TATA (founded in 1868),
Godrej (1897),
Murugappa (1900),
Hero (1956),
Jubilant (1978). Read more of this post
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