Is delayed gratification the primary reason why investors end up undervaluing high quality companies?

My thoughts on Prof. Sanjay Bakshi’s talk on “What happens when you don’t buy quality” In 2013, Prof. Sanjay Bakshi gave a seminal talk[1] tilted, “What happens when you don’t buy quality”. The crux of the talk was that market participants are unable to delay gratification and thus, heavily discount cash flows occurring far into … Continue reading Is delayed gratification the primary reason why investors end up undervaluing high quality companies?

How I learned the craft of valuation and ended up assisting Prof. Aswath Damodaran

In 2007, I graduated from college without having a clue as to what I wanted to do with my life. So I just followed what others were doing and enrolled in the Chartered Accountancy (CA) program. The Indian CA program is rigorous not just because of its tough exam structure, but also because you have … Continue reading How I learned the craft of valuation and ended up assisting Prof. Aswath Damodaran

Why do investors not get compensated for diversifiable risk?

One of the tenets of modern finance is that risk is seen from the perspective of the marginal investor[1]. In publicly traded firms, it is highly likely that the marginal investor is well diversified[2] and hence concerned about only about market risk[3]. It follows therefore, that all investors must also consider only market risk no … Continue reading Why do investors not get compensated for diversifiable risk?