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Ben was by all accounts a genius from the day he was born. Born into a Jewish family, he exhibited intelligence beyond his peers and his years. Not surprisingly, he was to become a pioneer of value investing, the art of buying assets at a price less than its intrinsic value. The volumes of codified knowledge on investing as written painstakingly down in the consecutive versions of the security analysis, if you will read them, if you will digest them, if you will reflect on them, just would make one a better investor without a doubt. But Ben Graham had a problem. He was not a good story teller. (more…)
Feeling a sense of peace and calm in my life currently, I felt it was time for another article. The hustle of life does get to one sometimes . The chaos, the noise, the incessant flow of the river of life and meaningless, unnecessary unproductive going on's drain my limited life force. Until I find my centre again. And this is my centre. This is it right here. I am living the life I want. Oh! The annual reports. The daily chatter in my mind of earnings, assets, balance sheets and dividends. I start to love my life again immediately. I was born to do this! I love counting and the deepest echoes of my soul tell me this : That I Am Aware Once Again. (more…)
Ignorance In Investing - It is funny how people never ever learn from their mistakes. This is something I see over and over and over again. While fools say that they learn from experience, the wise say that they'd rather learn from the experience of others. To that, I say Amen! I would rather learn vicariously through the eyes of another. As a value investor, my vulnerable persona and esteem takes a royal drubbing whenever I lose money. And I can tell you, losing money is not something that I can smile at. And I believe that this is the same for many investors out there. But unlike many investors out there, I believe that I am well aware of my limitations as an investor. Coupled with some real world experience, this gives me an edge over others. This is not meant to be a self inflating article but sincerely, I hope to impart some these lessons that I have learnt with as much candour as I can possibly muster.