POSTED BY May 5, 2008 COMMENTS (5)ON
“You only have to do a very few things right in your life, so as long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffet. What should be your motive as an investor? – To earn great return on your investments with minimum risk, right?
We generally take good amount of risk to get more return, and many times we get it 🙂 … It might happen that if we make good profit 2 times , we make 1 loss also because of the high risk we take. And we think its fair getting the losses, and you are right if you think so. We cant get profit always, if we take risk we have to accept losses.
Its questionable, lets explore on this topic today. Lets try to find answer of a question, what is better?
1. Taking high risk for high return at the cost of losses some times.
2. Avoid getting losses at the cost of just moderate return and not great return.
– Robert do not understand much about investments, but still invests in high risk high return instruments like shares and risky mutual funds. He invests Rs.1,00,000 for 5 yrs and gets returns of 50%, -35%, 30%, -20% and 45% for 5 yrs.
– Ajay does not take much risk and invests in something which gives him better returns than conventional FD’s or PPF, but has risk component much lower than Robert case. he earns return of 8%, 17%, -10%, 20%, 15%.
Robert : 1,00,000 * (1 + .5) * (1 – .35) * (1+ .3) * (1- .2) * (1 + .45) = Rs.1,47,030
Ajay : 1,00,000 * (1 + .08 ) * (1+ .17) * (1 – .10) * (1.20) * (1 + .15) = Rs.1,56,940
Observation : A fixed deposit will give similar kind of returns 1,00,000 * (1 + 8.5/100) ^ 5 = Rs.1,50,365
Getting 0% profit overall is better than getting X % loss after getting X% profit. if you get 40% profit and then 40% loss on your investment of 1,00,000, it will first become 1,40,000 after profit and then it will become 1,40,000 * (1 – .40) = 1,40,000 * .6 = 84,000, which is a loss of 16%.
So even if you get 40% profit, a loss of 28.57% is enough to wipe out that whole profit earned.
If Robert never got those losses and only profit, his final amount would be Rs.2,82,750. Just loss of 35% and 20% ate way most of it. On the other hand Ajay, who put more efforts on avoiding losses on the cost of getting less return way rewarded more at the end.
The return percentage required to cover the losses is more than then percentage loss.
Watch this video by Harsh Goela. In his talk, Harsh Goela talks about the stigma surrounding stock markets. He clarifies how it is different from gambling and how proper knowledge and avoiding reckless indulgence can yield profitable results.
The important part of investments are not earning great returns but taking measures to avoid losses. Earning high returns must be secondary goal, the major goal must be to avoid losses at any cost though we have to compromise on moderate returns. Because one loss is enough to wipe out major portion of your profits and the hard work you take to earn great returns.
I would be happy to read your comments or disagreement on any topic. Please leave a comment.