15 Latest 5 Min Stock Ideas

While studying any business, we come across both positives and negatives about it. And our mind plays tricks with us. It never lets us process all the points together. Often we end up focussing more on one or two points and ignore the rest. Hence, as investors, we are always biased. And our job is to work hard towards reducing that bias.

On further reading, we at SSS found that it is a problem which not only disturbs normal people like you and us but also some great minds of the world.

One such person is Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the “Founding Fathers of the United States”. Franklin was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Franklin also had the same problem which we discussed above. And he came up with an idea:

 

 

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“Say: Do” Ratio- A Reliable Metric to Assess Management of Businesses

“I will call you on the weekend.”

“Let’s have lunch sometime.”

“I will follow up tomorrow”.

“I am really busy at the moment but would definitely check the mail in the evening and revert”.

We often make these statements all day long to people around us. Do we really check later if we actually perform those tasks as said?

Let’s be honest. Most often, we don’t.

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CapEx- “What You Sow, You Reap”

When most businesses in India are focused on surviving Covid-19, it is a good time to invert the situation and think about companies that are still managing to proceed with their CapEx plans.

Companies that can invest in CapEx today get better bargains as prices are depressed due to low economic activity, creating a sustainable advantage for them over time.

Investopedia defines Capex as follows:

Capital expenditures, commonly known as CapEx, are funds used by a company to acquire, upgrade, and maintain physical assets such as property, buildings, an industrial plant, technology, or equipment. CapEx is often used to undertake new projects or investments by the firm. Making capital expenditures on fixed assets can include everything from repairing a roof to building, to purchasing a piece of equipment, to building a brand new factory. This type of financial outlay is also made by companies to maintain or increase the scope of their operations. Put differently, CapEx is any type of expense that a company capitalizes, or shows on its balance sheet as an investment, rather than on its income statement as an expenditure.

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The Law of the farm- Investors often take the wrong lesson from it

This 2-minute video of the legendary investor Parag Parikh has been watched by many of us.

He says:

There are certain universal principles in life which don’t change even if people change, times change, technology changes, geography changes. There is one thing, like the law of the farm. You cannot sow something today and reap tomorrow. Every seed which is sown will have to go through different seasons. It will take time before the seed becomes a fully grown tree.

While Mr. Parikh has made a very important point about the law of the farm, I believe most investors make the mistake of taking the wrong lesson from it. And I have no shame in admitting that I have been one of them in the past. Read More

Survive to Thrive- Part 2

When my friend and colleague, Kartik read my old post, Survive to Thrive, he made some interesting observations.

Kartik: Ankit, while you have written about the art of survival in detail, you have not touched upon the thriving part at all in your post. Do you really want to say that only survival is necessary for achieving success as an investor or as a human being? Don’t you think there is more to it?

Me: That’s an interesting observation, Kartik. Survival is indeed the biggest requisite for any investor or for any human being, for that matter. But is survival really enough?   Never gave it a serious thought. Maybe, to boost myself in times of adversity I focus on the one thing and that is survival. And I still feel that maybe that’s right for that moment. But I think you have brought out an important point. Let me think a little more about this.

Kartik: Yes, Ankit! That’s precisely what I meant. I would have loved to read something more on the thriving part in your post even though I enjoyed the part of surviving. Read More

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Stocks We’re Watching

This is the fifth post in our quarterly update series for Q3 FY20.

In this post, we’re sharing the latest updates of the stocks from our watchlist. Please don’t treat this as a buy recommendation. We find these businesses interesting and we may build position (or buy more of those that are already in our portfolio) in them in the future. The purpose of this post is to bring clarity to our understanding of the businesses we are tracking.  We make our notes on the quarterly results and conference calls. Putting it up here makes it easier for us to refer them at a future date.

You can see the earlier updates here.

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7 Big Learning from The Intelligent Fanatics of India

Diwali, in India, is a very good occasion to spend some quality time with friends and family and take a break from work. I spent a part of that time with some very old friends of mine.

Friends, whom I haven’t met for a long time.

Books!

Yes, I had been feeling guilty of not reading books for a long time.

Hence, picking up a few books and going through them during the Diwali break of 2019 was a refreshing way to get back among old friends!!.

Intelligent Fanatics of India, co-authored by Rohith Potti and Puja Bhulla, was one such book. Read More

Kya UTI AMC Sahi Hai? Read the offer document carefully

I started working sometime in the year 2005.

When friends or colleagues used to meet, our topics of discussions would invariably include the following:

Entertainment

Mobile Phones

Sports

Occasionally Politics

Investing groups were small and not very popular. They remained within themselves doing the hard work.  They never liked marketing about themselves.

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