Visa & MasterCard

In 1949 Frank McNamara was having dinner in a Manhattan restaurant and when the bill came he realized that he had left his wallet at home. By the time his wife arrived and the bill had been settled, McNamara was deep in thought. After ruminating for sometime McNamara came up with the idea of using…

Invariants

One of my favorite quotes is — A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I am using this quote to signify a milestone that I will be reaching today. I am writing my 200th post and it took me 3 years to reach this milestone. Click here to read the rest.

IBM – A value buy or trap?

Sometime back my friend Hari and I presented a case study on IBM to my first batch students. You can view the presentation here. If you want to educate yourself on the business model of IBM then you should read this and this. While preparing for the presentation I came across an excellent video from Warren…

Nestlé India

Cerelac is a brand of instant cereal made by Nestlé. The cereal is promoted for infants 6 months and older as a supplement to breast milk when it is no longer the sole item in an infant’s diet. I got introduced to the Cerelac brand in the early 80’s when my mother was feeding it…

Markel Corporation

Markel Corporation is a specialty property and casualty insurance company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Markel started its operations in 1930 by writing insurance for makeshift taxi cabs, also known as jitneys, in Virginia. Over the following decades the company grew along with the growing transportation industry as the country developed automobiles trucks and interstate highways. The…

Eicher Motors Limited

All successful investors have one thing in common. They are passionate in reading the annual reports of several businesses including the ones they don’t want to invest in the near future. Consider the case of Warren Buffett, who was reading the annual reports of IBM and Bank of America for 50 years before buying a…

Bajaj Auto Limited

I love reading the posts written by John Huber, who runs a fantastic blog called Base Hit Investing. I highly recommend you to read his latest post on Focusing on the Investment Process. In it, he writes, “I have found (and others have too I think) that writing improves comprehension and helps you retain more information. It…