Making Quick Money in Stock Market is a Mirage

I am sharing a story sent to me via email by one of the readers of TIPBlog. Here, this reader is narrating this experience about multiple attempts to make quick bucks from stock markets. After the story I will present my views and thoughts about it.


Sometime in 2002, March/April, I was doing my engineering and started working for a call center in the night to take care of my extra spending. I never knew or thought about stock market or any kind of investment. I spent two years in call center and spend many hours in the night watching CNBC after coming back from work. I learned few things about banking, credit cards, insurance, investment, and so on. In two years, I watched markets go up. I always thought I should invest in IPO and make some money on listing. However, I could not do so because I didn’t have a Dmat account. Continue reading rest of this article…

Is Exacting a Buy Price Important for Long Term Investing?

At regular time intervals, I like to discuss selective questions from readers of this blog. Many times, I discuss randomly with no particular theme. It is usually based on either intriguing questions or inquisitive questions or just that I like the question. Now that markets have zoomed higher relative to last year, most of these questions have slowly drifted towards buying price. I give priority to respond to all questions that come from regular readers of my blog. I make sure I give them my best response. Others, I may or may not, depending upon if I have time to get to them or whether they are good questions.

Today, I am reproducing below three emails that follow the theme of “what is the buy price”. Continue reading rest of this article…

Venturing into Opportunistic Ideas and Portfolio

On rare occasions, I have mentioned about my opportunity portfolio. I have never discussed about so far on this blog. Over the years, I have not had any tangible traction on this aspect. My wife tells me that I have failed on this subject. She tells me, I am too slow or logical or methodical to understand what opportunity means. For opportunistic, I have to be like a “hawk” to pounce on it when it comes. Well, I accept her opinion. Why? Because have you ever won an argument with your wife?

When I say, not much traction, what I really mean is, I haven’t focused on it. I haven’t spent sufficient time on it. Opportunity is too wide a definition which could probably include deep value, market timing, downturns, de-listing, arbitrages, buyback offers, etc. In my early investing years, I played with market timing with not much success. Again, I could succeed in few trades here and there, but sustainability is an issue. In my investing philosophy, sustainability and consistency over long term is not negotiable. Continue reading rest of this article…

TIPBlog Portfolio Update: 1H 2010

UpdateThe 1H2010 can be summarized as return of optimism, in economy, in stock markets, stabilization of global economy, and fears about euro zone. As an individual investor, should I care about macro economics, or should I even worry about what happens to Greece or to euro currency? Ambani brothers patch up and there are stories its good for markets and business! To me, being stalwarts in India Business world, instead of setting an example, it was idiotic for them to even fight and drag each other into courts. These are good academic discussion, but I doubt it is going to help in your own portfolio. I am taking stock of my portfolio.

My last progress update was for year end 2009. This post summarizes TIPBlog portfolio update and measures progress for 1H 2010. Continue reading rest of this article…

Goals and Strategy: Source of Mess Up in Personal Portfolio

1133804_sign_success_and_failureAs a do-it-yourself investor, I enjoy the process of investing much more than finding my next company I will invest in. Admittedly, the process is much more challenging than finding the winning stocks. Yes, you read it right! Investing process is very difficult in many different contexts. Managing the portfolio requires wearing different types of hats. Sometimes you have act and behave like a leader, sometimes play the role of manager, and on many occasions you work like an employee.

Most of the investors spend a significant amount of time in looking at the quantitative part of the company analysis. We arrange data in different formats, different time scales, compare with analyst, check out google to see what others have to say, etc. In short, search and screen multiple stocks, collect data, and present observations and results. This is all about execution and is similar to what an employee will do. Is that really important?  Have you asked yourself:

  • Why this specific type of analysis?
  • How you determine earnings per share?
  • Is it only necessary to look at last one year or last three year or more?
  • Do you include dividends?
  • How do you decide multiples?
  • How do you decide value? Continue reading rest of this article…