Manu Rishi Guptha: Financial Harakiri Made Easy

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My first stock market investment was
in year 1992 when my dad gave me some 100 shares of indo gulf fertilizers and I
remember it was a bad trade as I traded all my life savings of Rs 17000 in a
savings account to the then market price of those 100 shares that was Rs 7600.
But laissez-faire prevailed and I got a share
certificate with a green transfer form attached to it. I still felt nice and
confident because I saw an opportunity to learn the nuances of stock markets at
17 and make sense of those 2 pieces of paper.
How those 100 shares panned out in
life is a matter of another piece at a different point of time but for the
record that and all additions of life earnings added to timely systemic investments as
on date have returned 17.8% CAGR since 1992.
Someone tried hard to sell me the
Portfolio Management Scheme of MotilalOswal
12 months ago claiming that they have consistently returned 38% to their
investors since inception. Financial advisors and relationship managers have a
unique ability to make
muppets out of gullible investors
for whom a marginal delta in comparison to the AAA rated securities means the
world and 38% is as good as it can get.
More amusing was, that, my research
revealed that
Warren Buffet’s life to date CAGR has been close to 20% and
Motilal and its agents claimed a CAGR of 38%. I closed my eyes and visualised
Buffet serving tea to Mr. RaamDeo Agrawal and Mr. Motilal Oswal if they have consistently
been able to beat the Buffet hurdle.
Cut to May 2018, Manpasand Beverages is down  72% from its price, has eroded an ocean of
investor wealth and small gullible investors are left holding their MTM losses
in the hopeless world of being treated as muppets.
Recently I was invited to join a
concall addressed by the same Mr. Raamdeo Agarwal as he was opining on Crude
Oil prices. I thought WTF….. How can anyone opine on crude prices when even the
King of Saudi Arabia might be clueless on the same. In a
VUCA world where a tweet by
trump can make DOW rise or fall by 2% or take crude prices thru the roof, where
a posturing by Kim where Kim fires a useless missile – roils the world markets
oh by the way I am talking of Kim Jong
Un of Korea and not Kim Kardashian
, here is an Indian commentator
commenting on the crude oil prices.
So when I asked him whats his
accountability on Manpasand, because I invested my entire bonus and savings on
the basis of his company’s research report, he was flustered and advised me
that the concall was on Crude, refused to take ownership of his company’s recommendation
and gave me the contact of his head of research
Gautam Duggad. (GD)
Pronto – I called Mr. Duggad for some
insight as I wanted a word of solace and advice as to the way forward to an
investment that eroded approx. 75% of my wealth entirely on his and his company’s
GD was flustered and angrily asked me who my
relationship manager was. I asked him – ‘how is that relevant. Did your
research report mention as a disclaimer that Motilal is answerable to only
those people who reveal the names of their relationship managers when the shit
hits the roof’.
And Mr. Duggad banged the fone down
on me. I became a complete full-circle muppet. Or at least was treated like
  1. Any financial advisor
    claiming to outperform the Buffet hurdle is making a Charlie out of you.
  2. If you are able to beat
    the returns offered by bonds issued by central banks of your respective
    countries – without taking a risk – you are doing fine.
  3. Keep investing your
    surplus and believe in the power of compounding rather than relying on specious
    research reports by companies finding and feeding their army of muppets with
    erroneous asymmetric
  4. Invest in the quality of
    management rather than the sweetness or sexiness of companies like manpasand.
  5. Capital protection is far
    more important that elusive returns on investments.
  6. Endeavouring to marginally
    beat the returns offered by robust central banks will hold you in far better
    stead than endeavouring to beat the inflation rates of Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
  7. Be patient in markets –
    they can be irrational on either side for prolonged periods of time. If your
    holding period isn’t forever then you shouldn’t be in markets even for 10
  8. Don’t follow any stock
    advisor blindly – Do your research and it takes no rocket science to identify
    stable well managed companies.
  9. A boring company that is
    debt free, out of market favour, consistently giving dividends and growing at
    about 10% YOY and definitely not recommended by analysts on CNBC on a daily
    basis, is likely to give you a far better return than the sexed up companies
    finding the favour of analysts on TV channels, who are themselves mostly doing the
    opposite of what they are recommending on the TV.
  10. And lastly why should you
    pay 3-4% as management fees to your fund managers (who don’t even guarantee a
    prevailing bank rate for fixed deposits and who play the markets on your money)
    – only to lose your capital and then hear them blame the systemic issues of
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Human beings have short memory and
people are afraid to acknowledge disastrous consequences of the bias of
cognitive dissonance in the face of
questionable advice on business channels.

Vakrangee, PC jewellers, Gitanjali Gems and Manpasand (these can be all googled and enough information can be found online about the dubious managements of these companies) have been recommended by some of the well known stalwarts of the market and just these 4 companies have eroded close to 35 billion UD Dollars of shareholders wealth in less than last 90 days.

Try doing exactly opposite to what
the commentators recommend on the television. You are likely to make more money
than by following their advice.
Someone needs to be eventually hanged
for this. Whether it’s the fraudulent promoters or the overzealous self-serving
The decision entirely rests with the muppets.

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Manu Rishi Guptha

Manu Rishi Guptha

Manu is an Investor, Blogger, and a Professor of Fearlessness & Minimalism.
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