Oct 2, 2015

Buffett's Commandments - Understand Competitive Advantages


It is not enough for companies to be market leaders, they need to have some advantages that put them far ahead of competition too.

Buffett searches for this particular quality in all his investments: It is not enough for companies to be market leaders; they need to have some advantages that put them far ahead of competition, whether in terms of economics of scale or brands or being the lowest cost producer or high switching costs or, of course, high entry barriers.

Buffett speaks

Think of Disney. Disney is selling Home Videos for $16.95 or $18.95 or whatever. All over the world-people, and we will speak particularly about mothers in this case, have something in their mind about Disney. Everyone in this room, when you say Disney, has something in their mind about Disney. When I say Universal Pictures, if I say 20th Century Fox, you don't have anything special in your mind. Now if I say Disney, you have something special in your mind. That is true around the world.

Now picture yourself with a couple of young kids, whom you want to put away for a couple of hours every day and get some peace of mind. You know if you get one video, they will watch it twenty times. So you go to the video store or wherever to buy the video. Are you going to sit there and premier ten different videos and watch them each for an hour and a half to decide which one your kid should watch? No. Let's say there is one there for $16.95 and the Disney one for $17.95-you know if you take the Disney video that you are going to be OK. So you buy it. So you can get a little bit more money if you are Disney and you will sell a lot more videos. It makes it a wonderful business. It makes it very tough for the other guy.

How would you try to create a brand - Dreamworks is trying - that competes with Disney around the world and replaces the concept that people have in their minds about Disney with something that says, Universal Pictures? So a mother is going to walk in and pick out a Universal Pictures video in preference to a Disney. It is not going to happen.

Coca-Cola is associated with people being happy around the world. Now you give me - I don't care how much money - and tell me that I am going to do that with RC Cola around the world and have five billion people have a favorable image in their mind about RC Cola. You can't get it done. You can fool around; you can do what you want to do. You can have price discounts on weekends. But you are not going to touch it. That is what you want to have in a business. That is the moat.
Lecture at the University of Florida Business School, 1998

Oct 1, 2015

Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited - October 2015

Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited (STFC), India's largest player in commercial vehicle finance, was established in the year 1979. The company has a network of 479 branches and service centers. STFC is the flagship company of the Shriram Group which has significant presence in Chit Funds, Consumer Durable Finance, Life Insurance, General Insurance, Stock Broking, Property Development, Project Engineering, and Wind Energy among others.

WHAT IS RATING?
'TAA' rating affirmed by FITCH

WHAT IS THE RATE OF INTEREST?
 
Period
Rate of interest for Individual(p.a.)
Rate of interest for Senior Citizen(p.a)
Minimum fixed deposit amount
Interest Pay Out
HALF YEARLY NON CUMULATIVE DEPOSIT
1   Years
8.81%
9.05%
Rs.10,000
Half Yearly
2   Years
8.81%
9.05%
Rs.10,000
Half Yearly
3   Years
9.05%
9.28%
Rs.10,000
Half Yearly
4   Years
9.05%
9.28%
Rs.10,000
Half Yearly
5   Years
9.05%
9.28%
Rs.10,000
Half Yearly
QUARTERLY NON CUMULATIVE DEPOSIT
1   Years
8.71%
8.95%
Rs.10,000
Quarterly
2   Years
8.71%
8.95%
Rs.10,000
Quarterly
3   Years
8.95%
9.18%
Rs.10,000
Quarterly
4   Years
8.95%
9.18%
Rs.10,000
Quarterly
5   Years
8.95%
9.18%
Rs.10,000
Quarterly
YEARLY NON CUMULATIVE DEPOSIT
1   Years
9.0%
9.25%
Rs.10,000
Annually
2   Years
9.0%
9.25%
Rs.10,000
Annually
3   Years
9.25%
9.5%
Rs.10,000
Annually
4   Years
9.25%
9.5%
Rs.10,000
Annually
5   Years
9.25%
9.5%
Rs.10,000
Annually
MONTHLY NON CUMULATIVE DEPOSIT
1   Years
8.65%
8.88%
Rs.10,000
Monthly
2   Years
8.65%
8.88%
Rs.10,000
Monthly
3   Years
8.88%
9.11%
Rs.10,000
Monthly
4   Years
8.88%
9.11%
Rs.10,000
Monthly
5   Years
8.88%
9.11%
Rs.10,000
Monthly
CUMULATIVE DEPOSIT -- Interest Compounded Monthly
1   Years
8.65%
8.88%
Rs.10,000
On maturity date
2   Years
8.65%
8.88%
Rs.10,000
On maturity date
3   Years
8.88%
9.11%
Rs.10,000
On maturity date
4   Years
8.88%
9.11%
Rs.10,000
On maturity date
5   Years
8.88%
9.11%
Rs.10,000
On maturity INdate


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Tax Free Bonds from Power Finance Corporation (PFC) - October - 2015

Power Finance Corporation Ltd. was incorporated by the Government of India in order to finance, facilitate and promote power sector development in India.

Public issue of "Tax Free Bonds" from Power Finance Corporation Ltd, A Government of India undertaking.
  • Issue opens on 05/10/2015 & closes on 09/10/2015.
  • Minimum investment amount Rs.5,000/- and in multiples of Rs.1000/-.
  • Bonds can be held in Physical/Demat mode.
  • Credit Ratings of "CRISIL AAA/Stable" by CRISIL, "CARE AAA" by CARE and "ICRA  AAA" by ICRA.
  • Proposed to be listed on BSE.

High liquidity: Listing on National Exchanges (NSE or BSE or both) ensure that they can be traded in easily

No risk:
Tax free bonds issued by Public Sector Units (PSUs) usually come with the highest credit ratings of 'AAA' or more

Returns are tax-free:
Returns are not part of taxable income for the entire tenure of the Bond

Stable Interest income:
Tax Free Bonds offer stable interest income when the bank interest rates fluctuate

Issue Period
October 5th, 2015 - October 9th, 2015
Face value
Rs.1000
Min application
5 Bonds & in multiples of 1 Bond thereafter
.
Particulars
Series 1
Series 2
Series 3
Tenure
10 Years
15 Years
20 Years
Resident Individuals/HUFs (Investments<=10lacs)
7.36%
7.52%
7.60%
  • FOR RETAIL INVESTORS (upto Rs.10 lacs): 7.36% for 10 years, 7.52% for 15 years & 7.60% for 20 years payable annually.
  • FOR HNI INVESTORS : 7.11% for 10 years, 7.27% for 15 years & 7.35% for 20 years payable Annually.
Apply soon before the issue is over-subcribed!
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