Tuesday, 28 February 2017

CSE - Percentage wise Top 25 Gainers and Losers in February 2017 & YTD

Top 25 Gainers in February 2017

Top 25 Losers in February 2017

Top 25 Gainers YTD (Year-to-date)

Top 25 Losers YTD (Year-to-date)

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 28-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

Monday, 27 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 27-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose." - Wayne Dyer

Sunday, 26 February 2017

5 Key Characteristics of a good Investor

An average investor uses his money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game. While some have made millions, many have lost as well. Learn the key characteristics of a good investor to become one.

1. Goal setting
Failing to plan is planning to fail!

A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

2. Knowledge
When you know better, you do better!

Besides utilising time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

3. Right Decision
Listen to the world but do what is right!

A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

4. Patience
Keep calm and carry on!

Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

5. Risk Aversion
Know thyself!

Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.
Source: www.motilaloswalmf.com

Quote for the day

"Success rests not only on ability, but upon commitment, loyalty, and pride." - Vince Lombardi

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Quote for the day

"Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Friday, 24 February 2017

Quote for the day

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 23-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 22-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you." - Tony Dorsett

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Monday, 20 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 20-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"I have never met a successful person that was a quitter. Successful people never, ever, give up!" - Donald Trump

Sunday, 19 February 2017

3 Traits You Need To Be a Great Investor

The Characteristics All Successful Investors Have in Common

By Joshua Kennon

Whether your aim is to be a small town millionaire who collects $25,000 a month in dividends, interest income, and rents, an international real estate baron building hotels around the world, or financial genius with an impressive history with high returns, there are a handful of things that many great investors have in common. These traits fall under three broad categories: the right temperament, the ability to value assets, and an appropriate understanding of risk.

By developing them, you stand a chance at increasing the odds of reaching your financial goals, just as an athlete does by training in a gym.

1. To Be a Great Investor You Need the Right Temperament

If you strive to achieve good investment returns, you need to the right temperament. It is important that you realise temperament is different from knowledge, intelligence, wisdom, and discernment. 

This includes:

Patience: In the words of famed investor Warren Buffett, some things just take time; you can't get a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant. There is a lot of truth in his statement. 

The Ability and Willingness to Stick to a Plan While Ignoring the Crowd: If you have a firm grasp of financial history and know what works, such as buying assets for less than they are worth at attractive discounts to net present value then holding to collect dividends, interest income, and rents, you need to have the fortitude of character to remain steadfast. During the 1990's dot-com bubble, some of the best investors in the world who refused to give into the insane stock prices, thus appearing like "dinosaurs" and "old men", were sent letters asking if they were waiting for the second return of Elvis. Don't be swayed by public opinion.

The Emotional Capacity to Separate Market Fluctuations from Underlying Real Value:
If you bought an apartment building in your hometown that generated $50,000 per year in passive income from rents and someone came up to you, offering to buy the place for $100,000, or 2x earnings, you'd likely ignore them or laugh in their face. If the same thing happened in the stock market, many people are apt to panic and accept the deal! It's very hard to get rich doing that.

2. To Be a Great Investor You Need the Ability to Value Assets and Businesses

If you've read my article If You Don't Know How to Value a Business, You Shouldn't Own Individual Stocks, you know it is vitally necessary to possess the ability to calculate the intrinsic value of an asset. It doesn't matter if that asset is a car wash, a government bond, a share of stock, a dry cleaning business in your hometown, or an international hotel conglomerate. Unless you can pull out a calculator and run the formulas yourself, you are always going to be operating at a significant disadvantage to the competition, much akin to a blind person trying to win a sharpshooting contest.

At first, the math involved can seem impossible, daunting, and down right confusing. However, if you continually remind yourself that all you are trying to do is answer one question: "How much should I pay for $1 of net present value earnings?", you'll be surprised how clear this simple mantra will keep your thought processes clear.

The answer to that question can mean rejecting 90 or 95 out of 100 investment opportunities, but remember this: it only takes a handful of good decisions to get rich or reach financial independence. 

3. To Be a Great Investor You Need An Appropriate Understanding of Risks, Both Implicit and Explicit

Mark Twain once said that history doesn't repeat but it does rhyme. There is, perhaps, no better preparation for managing money and building your net worth than a firm grasp of financial history. There wasn't much fundamental difference between the real estate bubble, the dot-com craze, and the Dutch tulip bubble a few centuries prior. By arming yourself with an understanding of the human psychology that can influence the buying and selling decisions of individual men and women, you can improve your chances of avoiding stupid mistakes that could hurt your family's well-being.

Personally, I follow the mental model approach. A mental model is an idea, a concept, that is used like a tool to help you avoid making poor decisions. Mental models include things like the Horns Effect and Halo Effect, Veblen Goods, The Illusion of Choice, and Information Asymmetry. It may not be evident at first why these concepts are important to business and investing but studying them, adjusting for them, and putting them to work in your own endeavours can help grow your bank balance year after year.
Source: https://www.thebalance.com

Quote for the day

"Be so busy Improving your self that you have no time to criticize others." - Chetan Bhagat

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Quote for the day

"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... Do not build up obstacles in your imagination." - Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, 17 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 17-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." - John Wooden

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 14-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"Persistence is probably the single most common quality of high achievers. They simply refuse to give up. They longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favour. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist the more likely your success." - Jack Canfield

Monday, 13 February 2017

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Quote for the day

"I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be." - Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Quote for the day

"Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience." - Benjamin Franklin

Friday, 10 February 2017

Quote for the day

"Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 09-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 07-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving." - Maxwell Maltz

Monday, 6 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 06-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination." - John Schaar

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Quote for the day

"I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way." - Martha Beck

Saturday, 4 February 2017

19 ways to boost your motivation and personal effectiveness

How to stay motivated and improve personal effectiveness is an important question to ask yourself as both of these things have a big impact on your results.

There are many factors that impact both of these things. So let’s explore some of them.

Below are some examples of things that have a powerful and positive impact on motivation and personal effectiveness.

19 Ways to boost your motivation and personal effectiveness

1. Get an accountability buddy. Not only does having an accountability buddy help you stay on track to achieve the results you want, they are also a great source of motivation and help you maintain your personal effectiveness too.

2. Protect yourself from energy draining and toxic people.
They will suck the life out of you and have a negative impact on your motivation and effectiveness.

3. Surround yourself with positive, constructive, solution focused people who fuel your fire. It will give a tremendous boost to your energy levels which has a fairly hefty knock on effect to your motivation and effectiveness.

4. Create a powerful vision for your life, work and relationships. Keep focused on it and visualise achieving it each and every day. It will help you keep motivation going when you experience setbacks, obstacles or when the brown stuff hits the fan.

5. Get fresh air – every day.
Amazing the difference this makes. Try it.

6. Spend time in nature and the great outdoors
. Fabulous stress buster and as stress is a motivation and effectiveness drainer this is worth doing.

7. De- clutter your mental and physical space.
Think of it like clearing the decks so that you have mental and physical space for what is more important.

8. Do more things that give you mental and physical energy.
Do less of the things that drain your mental and physical energy. Your energy levels (mental and physical) have a tremendous impact on your motivation and personal effectiveness. Make this a priority.

9. Have a strong action plan and work that baby consistently!
I couldn’t put it better than the great Pablo Picasso -> “Action is the foundational key to all success.”

10. Create a structure to work within each day, week and month. It will keep you focussed, on track and effective.

11. Have a strong self care programme that you work consistently.
Include things like getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercise, yoga, meditation. Self care has a massive impact on how you feel and operate, mentally and physically. And how you feel and operate has a massive impact on your motivation and effectiveness.

12. Hire a coach or mentor
– this can be a really powerful way to boost motivation, personal effectiveness and achieve your goals faster, easier and consistently.

13. Break your goals down into small manageable chunks.
Much more motivating than focusing on the mountain you have to climb!

14. Do the most important things first in the day.
That way you will always know that you have the priorities nailed no matter what the rest of the day throws at you. There is great satisfaction in that!

15. Don’t be a Lone Ranger. Get support. Create your own “dream team” of people around you that will give you unconditional, non judgemental support.

16. Join a Mastermind Group –a mastermind group is a great way to get support with achieving your goals and to keep yourself motivated and effective. Plus hearing other people’s ideas and perspectives is a great source for sparking fresh thinking and new ideas.

17. Have a Hero – think of someone you look up to or is a role model for you, or has done something you would like to do. Learn from them, follow them on social media, read their stuff, attend their events etc. Learning from others you admire is inspiring and boosts motivation.

18. Commit to learning about and improving your mindset and personal development. I can’t stress enough how important this is. The reason being is because what and how you think drives your feelings, your feelings drive your motivation and effectiveness and this drives your results.

19. Celebrate your successes – regularly – no matter how big or small.
It will remind you that you are making progress and that will boost your motivation.

Is there anything you would add to this list? Would love to here your opinions and experiences on keeping motivated and effective. Let’s discuss this subject further in the comments section below.

Source: www.alidavies.com

Quote for the day

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance." - John Lennon

Friday, 3 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 03-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

"The further one advances in experience, the closer one comes to the unfathomable; the more one learns to utilise experience, the more one recognises that the unfathomable is of no practical value." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 02-Feb-2017

CSE - Percentage wise Top 25 Gainers and Losers in January 2017

Top 25 Gainers in January 2017

Top 25 Losers in January 2017

Quote for the day

"You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose." - Lou Holtz

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 01-Feb-2017

Quote for the day

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with whathappens to him.” - Aldous Huxley