Warren Buffett (see the above picture, where he is teaching a class) often says that the best investment you can make is in yourself. The more you learn, the more you earn.
Now, it’s easy to assume that learning ends when you’re in your early twenties. You finish college, and go into the “real world” of work. No more term papers, no more exams. A lot of people hardly ever pick up a book again – except perhaps to read on vacation.
Some people never give learning much thought. They pick up bits and pieces in an unstructured way, learning just enough to get through the job at hand.
But it’s important to understand that to accomplish great things in life, you have to keep learning. Investing is no different.
It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how knowledgeable you are as an investor. You can always learn more. To assume you’ve learned everything in investing is to stagnate, and stagnation does not bring success.
If you were to interview the most successful investors in the world today, there is a common denominator: they say they are always learning.
In fact, the simple reason investing legends like Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett are so wise and smart decision-makers is because they have never stopped learning. Instead, they have let the power of compounding work in their learning as well. And as Munger says –
Neither Warren nor I is smart enough to make the decisions with no time to think. We make actual decisions very rapidly, but that’s because we’ve spent so much time preparing ourselves by quietly sitting and reading and thinking.
When it comes to learning, the biggest question a lot of people ask me is – “Where do I start and what should I read?”
I am always ready with my list of books worth reading again and again. But the next question is – “Who has the time to read so many books?”
Well, this is a genuine problem as most of us are busy in our work and family lives. So reading through a lot of investing books – even the best ones – and other resources to get through the best ideas is quite a task.
And then all those insights and good ideas come with associated noise. How do you know which book is relevant to you, which is not. How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? It’s such hard work.
Right? Well, not anymore!
Value Investing Almanack (VIA) does that job well for you.
Value Investing Almanack (VIA) brings to you the best and biggest ideas in value investing, human behavior, and business analysis, which you must grab to become smarter in your investment decision making.
It is a premium newsletter, where we cover the following topics –
- InvestorInsights: Interviews with experienced and upcoming value investors
- StockTalk: Thorough analysis of businesses of listed Indian companies (without any stock recommendations)
- Spotlight: Big ideas from Value Investing and why applying them in your investment decision making will be a great deal
- Behaviouronomics: Deep analysis of human behaviour and how it impacts investment decision making
- BookWorm: Reviews of the best books on Value Investing and related subjects
- Super Investors: Lessons from the best investors the world has seen
- Life 2.0: Practical and effective ideas on living a simple, sensible life
- What We’re Reading: Links to a great external sources we’re reading
In short, there’s a great amount of learning packed in just one newsletter. And this is not all! Click here to sample an issue from the Archive.
What is more, when you subscribe, you get instant access to everything we’ve written over the past 4 years, which is around 40 past issues – containing as many analyses of Indian companies, interviews with value investors and money managers, and other deep ideas on value investing, behaviour and business analysis.
Also, with your VIA subscription, you become part of our exclusive Learning Club, where the idea is to create enriching conversations around value investing, reading, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.
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By taking up this course that comes free along with VIA subscription…
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- You will learn how to read an annual report, especially the key sections that will give you a lot of ideas on what the company has done in the past, and where it is headed in the future.
- Very importantly, you will learn how companies commit financial frauds – known as ‘shenanigans’ – and how you can identify them so as to reduce the number of mistakes you make by buying bad businesses.
Finally, as a member, you also get access to our analysis of Warren Buffett’s letters, which is a new initiative (see sample).
We are planning a few other things for VIA, which will just improve the offering to you as we move ahead.
What Subscribers Have to Say
Here is what a few existing subscribers of VIA have to say about their experience –
Without second thoughts, this is the best source in India on Value Investing, for both beginners and experts!
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How to Become a VIA Member
Value Investing Almanack, with all its invaluable benefits as mentioned above, is priced at Rs 16,500/- (plus 18% tax) for a 12-months subscription. However, here’s a special offer that’s valid till 31st December 2018. Subscribe to VIA before then and claim Rs 4,000 Special Discount on the base fee.
Just to sum up, here are all the benefits you can achieve when you subscribe to VIA –
- Premium Content: 12-months subscription to all premium posts on the VIA platform, containing value investor interviews, analysis of listed Indian companies, book reviews, learnings from super investors, thoughts on key ideas in value investing and human behaviour, analyses of Warren Buffett’s letters, and much more;
- Free Course – Financial Statement Analysis for Smart People (otherwise priced at Rs 5,900)
- Learning Club (New): Learning platform for members of Value Investing Almanack, where the underlying idea is to create enriching conversations around value investing, reading, and the pursuit of lifelong learning
- Analysis of Warren Buffett’s Letters (New)
- Archives: Instant access to our huge archive from the past 4 years
Imagine the amount of time you’ll save reading the VIA instead of searching for the best ideas and thoughts on investing from hundreds of books, websites, and other resources.
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