Other articles, reports and videos that helped me

 

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If you have been reading my blog posts regularly, will remember that I saw one of my mutual fund investments suddenly after 15-16 years and the Rs2000/- I had invested had over the years become close to Rs90000/-.

After this I became a regular at trying to identify various mutual fund schemes and slowly building SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans – where monthly a small amount of money directly gets withdrawn from the bank and invested in the respective schemes). Even today this is an important piece of education for me.

This was a very good mechanism because it brought about a lot of financial discipline into my life and I slowly started accumulating wealth.  The good thing was that in 2013 when this dawned on me, the Indian equity markets were at a very low level and subsequent to that there was a rally over the next 5 years which helped me gain a lot in terms of reaching my goals.

Around 2014-15 I read the Tony Robbins book Money Master the Game. While this book is focused towards the US economy and the shares and financial markets in the US, there were some nuggets of wisdom in a few areas which stuck with me.  One of the items was how even a 1-1.5% reduction in interest over a long period of time can make a very large difference in the compounding machine.

In India the mutual fund industry is quite regulated by SEBI and the total expense ratios of schemes are quite well controlled.  Inspite of that the MF schemes can be charging upto 3 odd percent as their fees.  This got me thinking how far I can be from my goals because my compounding machine has this leakage of about 3%. ( I even had a whole blog post related to how small differences in interest rates over long time periods can have massive impact on your wealth)

But I did not know, how to pick stocks myself.  So how could I invest in equity.  That’s when I started scouting for books on investing.  These were the books I wrote about over the last few posts.  However most books were US based stock market related and I could not relate to the Indian markets.

While searching for some simple inputs I came across people talking about the letters written to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathway by Warren Buffet.  I would recommend anyone anywhere, if they want to learn about basics of investing in simple terms then this is one of the best sources and is free of cost.  These letters are available on the Berskshire website and tabulated so you can search for them by the year they were published.

Inspite of these letters being written so well, I was a novice and was not able to relate to a lot of concepts with respect to the Indian companies, because American companies have different kinds of share holding patterns.

Accidentally I happened to chance upon the Wealth Creation studies created by Raamdeo Aggarwal Jt. Managing Director of Motilal Oswal.  These were similar to the Berkshire Hathway reports in that they came out each year but were better because they were talking about Indian companies and the Indian stock markets.  And to top it, they were also free.

I devoured on these reports and now am a big fan of Mr. Raamdeo Aggarwal who authors these reports.  Recently they have released the 23rd wealth creation study.

Most channels also get Mr. Aggarwal to discuss on the stock markets on a regular basis.  On YouTube you will see episodes of ETNow or CNBC TV18 where he is featured on a regular basis.  However last year the channel Bloomberg Quint ran a 4 part series with him on investing.  This is the best 4 hours you can spend on learning investing from one of the stalwarts of investing.

There is another person whom I admire from seeing his interviews on television.  he is Riddham Desai of Morgan Stanley India.  You can also see his interviews on either ETNow and CNBC TV18 or on Bloomberg Quint.

Between Riddham and Raamdeo the difference is the fact that one can distill the macro perspectives of the Indian economy so simply and present while the other can focus so well on the micros amazingly.

Have a look at these reports and videos and you will get a great input on how to evaluate stocks.

However stock picking is a tough call and if you don’t want to put in the hard work, then Mutual Funds and ETFs are the best route for you to take.

Till next time….

 

How a 15 year old can aspire to be a billionaire

Last weekend I was at one of my relatives place.  She has two young kids.  One of them is around 19 years and the younger one might be around 14-15 years of age

I was very glad to notice that they had an interest in making investments at such a young age.  I also loved the idea that their father was actually instilling in them a habit of trying to evaluate different avenues in investing.  This means that in India the efforts of channels like ETNow and  CNBC TV18 & the efforts of the mutual fund industry and stock exchanges like NSE are starting to bear fruit.  If kids and parents start discussing financial products then the future is definitely bright for the Indian middle class.

When they came to know that I write a blog on achieving financial freedom, they thought of asking me for some recommendations on stocks and other investments, which I denied. I prefer not to give advice on any specific type of instruments or stocks, because a) I am not qualified and b) because everyone has a different risk appetite.

Since I like to look at just the basics and compounding and the rule of 72 are simple things that anyone can do at the back of an napkin, I just spent time with them on that.

Using the above I just explained to them without any use of even a calculator how wealthy he could grow.

If the younger son invests today Rs10000/- at the age of 15.  India’s long term growth rate has been about 15% average.  Even the indices therefore will grow at a long term average of 15%.

Therefore if he was to put this 10000/- in a Nifty ETF, it would also grow at an average of 15%.  By the rule of 72 if he divides the number 72 by 15% then he will double the money in about 4.5 years.  For simplicity let’s assume 5 years.  which means every ten years it will grow 4 times. So his investment table, if he keeps invested with this 10000/- would look like below.  Just staying invested without doing any hard work (incidentally staying invested could be the hardest thing) he can convert his Rs10000/- into Rs10million or (Rs 1 crore)

Age Amount@15% Amount@25%
25 40000 100000
35 160000 1000000
45 640000 10000000
55 2560000 100000000
65 10200000 1000000000

The second column is if he looks out for investments which can lead him to compound at close to 25%.  then you see the magic.  The amount converts to Rs1 billion (100 crores).  Look at what happens between the ages of 45 and 65.  At 45 he would have Rs 10 million and at 65 Rs 1 Billion.  Even Warren Buffet’s wealth if you Google at age 65 and now at age 85, he is one of the richest men on earth just because of this phenomenon.

Obviously getting 25% on a consistent basis is not going to be easy, over a long period of time.  But the key is going to be about staying invested.  I hope the young guy can.

If you have any young guy you know, just show him this table of what his 10000 today can do for him over  30-40 years.

Till next time….

Carpe Diem!!!