Thursday, January 07, 2010

Book Review: Parag Parikh's Value Investing and Behavioral Finance

I just completed Parag Parikh's new book titled "Value Investing and Behavioral Finance". It is a very nice book with examples of equity mis-pricing by the markets based on fear/greed. It explores various mental models of behavioral finance. It makes nice reading because the examples are from the Indian markets so familiarity is high.
It has some interesting insights on index investing. Something that I had not known/thought about earlier. Parikh has put data from Sensex from 1979 to 2005 of stocks that were taken out of the index. The data suggests that companies that are taken out from the index have actually performed better over long term than the index!
It is a good book to read for long term investors, specially if you are interested in investing in the Indian stock markets.

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