Showing posts with label predicting the market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label predicting the market. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Predictions Tell More About the Predictor

Picture shows a predictor with a telescope and a gazing at a climbing graph


"A prediction about the direction of the stock market tells you nothing about where stocks are headed, but a whole lot about the person doing the predicting."

Warren Buffett

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hindsight Versus Foresight


Automobile Rearview Mirror Picture Conceptualising Hindsight
Automobile Rearview Mirror Picture Conceptualising Hindsight

"In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield"
Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett wants to say through the crisp sentence that in business hindsight is far clearer than foresight - it is far better to draw conclusions based on past data rather than divining the future.

These golden words do apply to investing, nay, life itself. Don’t you think so?

Value investors burn midnight oil analyzing annual reports of the companies, going back into the past as deeply as possible, but not less than 10 to 15 years, to draw meaningful conclusions about the business model, management philosophy, integrity and so on.

On the contrary the so-called experts, the filler material of print and television media do not hesitate to make predictions about future prospects of companies at the drop of the hat. Such predictions not only prove to be fallacies but dangerous for innocent investors.

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Warren Buffett's Portrait Depicting Inspirational Quotes
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How Stock Markets will Behave in 2017?

Stock Trader Gazing in attempt to predict the market
Stock Trader Gazing in attempt to predict the market

Dear Friend!

Thanks for asking the question that is constantly on the minds of a large number of investor population, “How the stock markets will behave in 2017?” Unfortunately the answer is not a simple yes or no but complex and length one as that the:
  1. Markets are unpredictable
  2. Predicting tolls like the technical charts are nothing but hocus-pocus
  3. Making investing decisions based on market predictions could be highly dangerous
  4. Value investor never attempt to predict market behaviour
  5. Good investments can be made and money can be made during all market conditions

Great value investing gurus have repeatedly emphasised that it is futile to predict the markets. Investment decision have to be made based on the valuations (affordable prices) of stocks of excellent companies under various market conditions. If shares are available at a good discount to their intrinsic values buy them. Similarly, if scrips are traded at very high premium to the intrinsic value of the shares you bought at a discount, sell them.

Let us take the example of NMDC in our academic Portfolio 2K15 and analyse buy, sell or hold decisions under various scenarios as follows:

Table Shows Calculation of the Intrinsic Value of NMDC Share
Table Shows Calculation of the Intrinsic Value of NMDC Share

As on 10th January 2017, the current market price (CMP) is Rs.138.05 and the decision is Do not Buy but hold as the share is not available at a discount and the CMP of Rs.138.05 is not too high compared to the intrinsic value of Rs.113.34 as well as our average holding cost in the portfolio of Rs.105.38.

If the CMP hypothetically was Rs.82.50 we would have bought the scrip as it is available at a discount of 27.21%.

On the other hand if the CMP hypothetically was Rs.282.50 we would have sold the scrip as it is trading at a huge premium of nearly 150%.

So my dear friend this is how value investors react to market conditions rather than predicting how the stock market will behave in the new calender year 2107.

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Thank you,

With Best Regards

Anand