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Why Selling Strategy is as Important as Buying?

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The stock market is like a pendulum that swings from one extreme to another. While it often comes to the center, rarely does it stay there for long before moving to either of the directions. This cycle of greed and fear is what generates attractive opportunities for value investors with a long horizon of 3-5 years. However, it is crucial to identify when the cycle for our stock is approaching the other extreme so that we are able to start taking money off the table. The absence of a disciplined selling strategy can lead to large drawdowns and one can get stuck for longer with sub-optimal returns. The following few exit decisions illustrate how we emphasize this important parameter: Gujarat Ambuja Exports: The normalized operating margin for the maize segment has been …

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[Investor Memo] Wise to Optimise Expectations & Review Asset Allocation

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In April 2022, we published an important subscriber memo titled ‘Wise to Optimise Expectations & Review Asset Allocation’ While the two pillars of the bull market: Liquidity & Growth are slowing, Export is the bright spot. Following are some edited excerpts from the same. After crashing in March 2020, markets have been on steroids ever since, which implies the ongoing bull market is now two years old. The last six months though have been tepid for markets, but thanks to some outliers in our portfolio like Usha Martin & Gujarat Ambuja among others, the portfolio has continued to show outperformance even during this tepid phase. Extra-ordinary periods like this are generally followed by some pullback or a decent time correction (sideways market). Accordingly, instead of extrapolating this into the future …

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[Video] Webinar with Vivek Bajaj – Investing Framework & Case Studies

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In this session, Stalwart’s CIO, Jatin Khemani discusses: Stalwart’s Investing Framework – 20:20 & Special Situations Drivers of Long-term Returns – Volume Growth Industry Life Cycle List of Promising Industries Deep-Dive into Security Services | SIS Ltd. Portfolio Allocation Strategy Learnings & Mistakes Advice to New Investors Free sign up to access Guest Dashboard: https://investor.stalwartvalue.com/users/sign_up

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Introducing Anti-‘ES’G smallcase by Stalwart Advisors

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Excesses at one end often create opportunities at the other, which can be leveraged by pragmatic investors. Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG) theme has gained tremendous momentum over the last few years with billions of dollars flowing out of companies that score low on some arbitrary parameters, to the companies that score high. In simple terms, it is a framework to rate businesses on how good are they for the environment, society and whether they have sound governance. On paper, this is certainly a desirable concept, but in practice it is extremely subjective with rating frameworks as well as corporates, trying to manipulate the system to suit their beliefs and situations. Investors are made to believe they can make excess returns while morally feeling good about it. The money …

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APL Apollo – A 5-Bagger in 2.5 Years

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We bought APL Apollo at Rs 1,269 a share, in Oct 2018, and recently exited at a price of Rs 1,258 a share, however after the stock split of 5 for 1. At an unadjusted price of Rs 6,300, the stock has been a 5-bagger for us in 2.5 years. It’s been a great ride and we love the extra-ordinary execution by the management team in an otherwise slow-growing commoditized industry. We had hoped annual volumes to move closer to 2mn from 1.1mn, EBTIDA per ton to move from Rs 3,000 to over Rs 4,000, and net profit to move from 150 Cr towards Rs 400 Cr. Luckily the thesis played out perfectly and the market cap moved from Rs 3,000 Cr to over Rs 15,000 Cr. What’s heartening is …

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Only 2.5% of 8,000 Listed Indian Stocks Are Investable; Here’s The List

Posted by | Indian Markets, Investing Framework | 2 Comments

A lot of us have the quest to unearth those high-quality stocks which will create wealth for us, but how do we figure out which are those 15-20-25 stocks worthy of being in our portfolio from over 7,800 stocks listed on the Indian stock exchanges? Looking for the ‘right’ stocks from this vast universe is akin to looking for a needle in a haystack, you often end up wasting too much time with not so satisfactory outcome. As minority investors, it is difficult to conclude with any degree of confidence that a specific company is high-quality, which is often an abused term to just refer to a bunch of stocks which recently outperformed the markets like small-caps in 2017 or large-cap consumer stocks in 2019. But how about we turn the question on its head …

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Three Forms of Value Investing

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While there are various styles of investing, we can categorize them under three key heads: Special Situations (Arbitrage): Open offers, rights issue, mergers would all fall under this category. One is betting on a specific corporate action with well-defined timelines and aim to make a certain return independent of what happens to the company’s fundamentals or market sentiment. Typically aim is to beat fixed income return while not taking any material risk. Holding period ranges between few days to few months. Re-investment risk is high as one has to keep looking for new opportunities which also involves sitting on cash in between. (Suggested Reading: You Can Be A Stock Market Genius By Joel Greenblatt) Statistical Bargains: These are average businesses which are available very cheap – below liquidation value/cash, at …

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Forget market-caps, here’s how we classify stocks

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Mega-Caps, Large-Caps, Mid-Caps, Small-Caps, Micro-Caps, Nano-Caps… As if the business analysis wasn’t complicated enough, we have divided the universe based on size as well. But does size really matter? The answer will be a big yes if you are running a mutual fund, or some other regulated fund like a pension fund, which has to 1). Comply with SEBI guideline and stick to fund mandate by investing in the universe of stocks which comply with that and 2). Ensure enough liquidity so as to be able to enter and exit with minimal impact cost. But the same isn’t true for individual investors and in fact is their biggest advantage (See Jatin Khemani’s presentation on ‘Individual Investor’s Real Edge – TIA 28th Jan 2017’). Generally speaking, large caps have been around for …

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Anti-Fragile – 20 Companies that are century-old

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We should prefer investing in businesses that are hard to kill. But how do we assess that? In 1950s average life cycle of a business was around 80 years, today it is less than 20 years. Clearly, entrepreneurship is more like a deadly roller coaster than just a smooth sail. Disruption has always been prevalent but what has changed is the speed and complexity with which things get disrupted. Whenever one talks about disruption, one has to bring up anti-fragility and how important it is to have in a business. Such a business has the potential not just to survive the test of times but thrive in chaos. Businesses that have a very little rate of change, low dependence on suppliers/government and are run conservatively have a higher chance of …

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[Video] Stock Idea Presentation at TIA’s 20:20 Ideas Summit by Jatin Khemani – 20th Oct, Chennai

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A Stock Idea presentation delivered at TIA’s 20:20 Ideas Summit at GRT Grand, Chennai on 20th October 2018 by Jatin Khemani, CEO & Founder of Stalwart Advisors: Presentation (Video):   Presentation (Slides): FREE Access to Initiating Coverage Report & AGM Note on this stock idea on Guest Dashboard https://investor.stalwartvalue.com/ First-time visitors need to register to log in to the dashboard. For any queries or feedback, please write to us at support@stalwartvalue.com Disclaimer: This is not a recommendation to Buy/Sell. Read complete  disclaimer here .

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