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Results: Value Investing Contest 2018

We recently concluded the 2018 edition of Safal Niveshak’s Value Investing Contest. Today, I feel happy to announce the winners of the same.

We received 34 entries in total and found it extremely tough to rank most of them in terms of quality, simplicity, and thoroughness of analysis.

While our choice of winners does not devalue the quality of analysis sent by others, it’s just that we had to pick the best very few, and here they are –

1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who participated!

Click here to view/download all the submitted entries.

Safal Niveshak Value Investing Contest 2018

Here’s your chance to showcase your analysis skills to the Safal Niveshak tribe, and in the process win a prize if your entry gets chosen amongst the best.

Contest Rules

  1. Write a 3,000 word (max.) report on one listed Indian company of your choice.
  2. You may submit more than one report, but will be eligible for only one prize.
  3. Deadline for report submission is 25th March 2018
  4. Email your report in a Word file to vishal[at]safalniveshak[dot]com with the subject line as – “Value Investing Contest 2018 – Company Name – Your Name”
  5. The stock must have a market capitalization of more than Rs 500 crore
  6. The idea must be well researched (by you). Your analysis must cover these areas:
    • Company history and business
    • Moat analysis (if moat exists)
    • Competition
    • Financial strength (provide data/charts to support your analysis)
    • Management quality (have they been good or bad allocators of capital)
    • Risks (what can go wrong)
    • Valuation (no price targets required; challenge the market’s current valuation instead of calculating your own)
  7. The report would be exclusive to Safal Niveshak. But you can post an abstract at other places and link to the full report on Safal Niveshak.

What Not To Do

Avoid hard-selling the idea, especially if you already own the stock. 🙂

Also, in your report, please make a mention whether you own the stock or not.

Evaluation & Rewards

I will evaluate each submitted entry ONLY on the depth and simplicity of analysis, though good presentation and proper language is more than welcome (would save us editing time!)

There are three prizes to be won (delivery in India only) –

  • 1st Prize – Books of choice worth Rs 5,000/-
  • 2nd Prize – Books of choice worth Rs 3,000/-
  • 3rd Prize – Books of choice worth Rs 2,000/-

All submitted entries would be published on Safal Niveshak (the author can remain anonymous if he/she wants).

This contest is now open. Remember, the deadline for submission is 25th March 2018.

Winners of the Safal Niveshak 1st Anniversary Contest

A few announcements to make before I get to the Contest winners…

  1. Safal Niveshak is now 1,000+ tribesmen strong. 🙂 Thank you so much for your support!
  2. I’ve opened registrations for the Art of Investing Workshop in Pune on 18th August, Saturday. If you are in Pune, and have six hours to spend with me on that Saturday, you can click here to register for the Workshop.
  3. The Mumbai Workshop on 21st was awesome in terms of interaction and deep discussions on value investing (one tribesman, Kiran, actually travelled 36 hours to attend the Workshop!). Delhi, we’ll meet this Saturday.


Now for the winners of the Safal Niveshak 1st Anniversary Contest.

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Happy Birthday Safal Niveshak!

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

It gives me great pleasure to share with you, dear Safal Niveshak tribe member, that today marks the completion of the first year of Safal Niveshak (my third child :-))…an initiative of empowering you to become independent, sensible, and successful in your financial life.

It was on 9th July 2011 that I stepped into the unknown, fearful of what destiny might bring for Safal Niveshak.

Today, as I pushed the “publish” button for the 276th time, I looked back at a wonderful journey filled with excitement, immense learning, new relationships, and creation of lifelong friendships.

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Winner of “My Money Resolution for 2012” Contest Is…

The result for the “My Money Resolution for 2012” contest is in, and let me tell you…this was tough.

I want to thank everyone who participated!

There were way too many great submissions for this to be an easy exercise. So the choice of the winner was incredibly tight.

But still, I had to choose the best entry, and it was the one that dealt with the behavioural issues of handling one’s money and investments…and one that communicated the entire essence of human behaviour and money in an amazingly simple manner.

I mean, I couldn’t have explained this subject in a better way!

And the winner is…
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“My Money Resolution for 2012” Contest

Making a New Year resolution is quite easy. Practicing the same is otherwise. I’m writing this based on my experience. 🙂

When a resolution demands high levels of discipline, the task becomes all the more burdensome.

First, most of us generally fail to make reasonable resolution(s). And that is the biggest reason why most of us fail to keep the one(s) we make!

Instead of “I’ll start my exercise schedule by walking 3 kilometer every day”, we would resolve to “sprint 5 kilometer every day, starting January 1”.

One such (difficult) resolution that we often fail to put into practice relates to how we plan to work on our money-related issues.

Here are some of the most common money resolutions that people make at the start of a year…

  • I’ll try to become a better saver in the New Year.
  • I’ll invest less than 20% of my money in stocks.
  • I’ll not invest in stocks at all, even if stock markets go up.
  • I’ll not listen to my financial advisor in the New Year.
  • I’ll make my own investing decisions instead of depending on others.

You might have your own money resolution for the New Year. If yes, tell me – What’s your money resolution for 2012?
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Winners of the “I Love Safal Niveshak” Contest Are…

The results are in, and let me tell you…this was tough.

Just to review, the idea behind the “I love Safal Niveshak” Contest was simple…just send me one reason you like Safal Niveshak, or one suggestion for improving this initiative.

I want to thank everyone who participated!

If there’s one thing I must tell you, it’s that there were way too many great submissions for this to be an easy exercise. So the choice of the winners was incredibly tight.

I could have easily had 10 or more winners, but instead chose to expand the winner pool to 4, instead of the originally announced 2.

So, there remains the first place for both these entries…

  • I love Safal Niveshak because…
  • I ‘still don’t’ love Safal Niveshak because…

…plus 2 honourable mentions that will also receive special prizes.

So here we go.
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“I Love Safal Niveshak…” Contest

The “I Love Safal Niveshak” Contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry. Here is the list of winners


The Safal Niveshak movement of helping small investors become independent, smarter, and successful in their investing is yet to complete six months of operations.

But even in this short time, I am proud to announce one important milestone that Safal Niveshak has achieved.

The Safal Niveshak Post, my free daily e-letter on investing, has crossed 200 readers (excluding myself :-)).

If you are already a subscriber of The Safal Niveshak Post, I thank you for being there, and look forward to continue to provide you invaluable ideas on investing for times to come.

However, if you are yet to sign up to The Safal Niveshak Post, I welcome you to sign up now and experience the power of simple ideas on investing that can help you become an independent, smarter, and successful investor.

Anyways, to celebrate the crossing of the 200 subscribers milestone, I announce this contest [Read more…]