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A Plan for a Punch and a Bitten Ear

“What should we do now?” asked Swami, as my broker friend Jigneshbhai sipped his coffee when we had our first meet of the New Year this weekend. “Now that markets are back to their levels before our PM Modi came in, all my long term investment plans...

Data, Optimism and The Art of Denial

“I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours” wrote Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. My adventures with data and analytics have often landed me in situations...

Of Skill, Luck and the Absolute Relative Paradox

Last weekend, my friend Swami complained over coffee to my broker friend Jigneshbhai: “For the past 3 years, your favorite fund manager, Prashant Jain of HDFC Mutual Fund, has not beaten the market index, and you told me that he manages the best performing funds...

Retail Investor announces Retirement from Stock Markets

My broker friend Jigneshbhai had asked me and Swami to come over to an investor camp last Sunday for our evening coffee. At that event, a retail investor took center stage. Inspired by Sachin Tendulkar’s heart-touching farewell speech, the retail investor made...

Zen and the Art of Reaching Record Highs

“The Sensex reaching a new record high around diwali muhurat trading is a bit like Tendulkar hitting a century in his 200th test.” “Normally, no one could have asked for a better coincidence to pump up spirits” said my broker friend Jigneshbhai...

Sachin!

One hundred lesser would not have made Sachin Tendulkar a lesser legend in anybody’s eyes. Like the last four runs that Sir Don Bradman did not score did not make him any lesser a batsman. Or the last successive Wimbledon title that Federer failed...