The Dhandho Investor

The Dhandho Investor

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Chapter 1

Patel Motel Dhando

Dhan-dho means "endeavours that create wealth."

The Patel's were known as landlords.

70,000 Patel's in Africa were stripped of their belongings and sent back to Uganda

No brainer bets "Heads I win, tails, I don't lose much.

Chapter 2

Manila Dhandho

Hard work, be frugal, invest in no-brainer businesses. Be patient. These are all the things Manila did to own and operate motels that are highly profitable today.

Chapter 3

Virgin Dhandho

Richard Branson - invests with minimal capital and virtually no risk. This is Dhandho on steroids.

Chapter 4

Mittal Dhandho

Marwari business people expect all their invested capital to be returned via dividends in no more than three years.

Huge upside with virtually no downside.

Chapter 5

The Dhandho Framework

Nine core principles

  1. Focus on buying existing businesses
  2. But simple businesses in industries with the ultra-slow rate of change
  3. Buy distressed companies in distressed industries
  4. Buy companies with a durable competitive advantage - The Moat
  5. Bet heavily when the odds are overwhelmingly in your favour
  6. Focus on arbitrage
  7. But companies at significant discounts to their underlying intrinsic value
  8. Look for low-risk high-uncertainty businesses
  9. It's better to be a copycat than an innovator
Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results - Warren Buffett
I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful - Warren Buffett

Chapter 6

Dhandho 101: Invest in Existing Businesses

Invest in the stock market. Buying publicly traded businesses is a no-brainer.

Chapter 7

Dhandho 102: Invest in Simple Businesses

The intrinsic value of any business is determined by the cash inflows and outflows - discounted at an appropriate interest rate - that can be expected to occur during the remaining life of the company.

Invest in simple businesses - ones where conservative assumptions about future cash flows are easy to figure out.

Chapter 8

Dhandho 201: Invest in Distressed Businesses in Distressed Industries

List of distressed businesses

  1. Read the business headlines.
  2. Value line publishes a weekly summary. If a business is trading at a price to index P/E of 3, it's worth a closer look.
  3. Publication called
  4. Look at public filings (SEC Form 13-F) or
  5. Value investors club
  6. The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt (affiliate link)

Chapter 9

Dhandho 202: Invest in Businesses with Durable Moats

Please limit the number of years we expect a business to thrive. For example, never calculate a Discounted cash flow stream longer than ten years.

Most companies don't survive for long periods. Eventually, they wither away.

Chapter 10

Dhandho 301: Few Bets, Big Bets, Infrequent Bets

Mr. John Larry Kelly Jr - came up with the Kelly formula]to determine the optimal way to bet on a favourable bet.

Edge/odds = fraction of your bankroll you should bet each time.

Book reference - Fortunes Formula by William Poundstone.

Chapter 11

Dhandho 302: Fixed on Arbitrage

Look for arbitrage opportunities with long spreads—ten years vs ten months.

These investments offer a high return on invested capital with virtually no risk.

Chapter 12

Dhandho 401: Margin of Safety - Always!

Benjamin Graham - The Intelligent Investor affiliate link

Key points'

  • Make the market serve you. The C section in the wall Street journal is my business broker.
  • Stock is a piece of the business. Value-based on cash in and out
  • Buy less the business way less than its worth.

The large margin of safety.

Chapter 13

Dhandho 402: Invest in Low- Risk High-uncertainty Businesses

Only invest in low-risk, high uncertain stocks.

Chapter 14

Dhandho 493: Invest in the Copycats rather than the Innovators

Invest in businesses that scaled ideas from others. For example, Microsoft took lots of pictures from the competition. Just like Facebook.

Chapter 15

Abhimanyu's Dilemma - The Art of Selling

The Mahabharat is the grandest poem

7 Rules to Enter the Market

  1. Do I understand the business very well?
  2. Do I know the intrinsic value today and, with a high degree of confidence, how likely will it change over the next few years?
  3. Is the business priced at an enormous discount to its intrinsic value today and in two to three years? Over 50%,?
  4. Willing to invest a large part of my bet worth?
  5. Is downside minimal?
  6. Does the business have a moat?
  7. Doable and honest managers run it?

Any stock you buy cannot be sold at a loss within two to three years unless you can say for specific its intrinsic value is less than the current price the market is offering.

Rule 1. Never lose money

Rule 2. Never forget Rule #1

  • Warren Buffett

Chapter 16

To Index or Not to Index - That Is the Question

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Focus on highest-earning yields (lowest P/E ratios)


The Value Investors Club.

Value line

NYSE 52 week lows

Chapter 17

Arjuna's Focus: Investing Lessons from a Great Warrior

Money can do so much; it's helping others that is genuinely moving.