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Shailesh Kumar is the CEO of Value Stock Guide, one of the premier value investment advice site on the internet. An MBA from University of Michigan and a former Management Consultant, Shailesh has helped numerous Fortune 100 executives with their strategic and operational issues and now... More
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Value Stock Guide - Stocks to Buy for Serious Investors
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Value Stock Guide - Investing in Undervalued Stocks
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  • Q3 Update: VSG Portfolio Gains 31.73% YTD Vs 19.79% S&P 500

    I strive to achieve an average of 30% annual returns consistently and while it may not always work each year, my picks have performed well enough since the portfolio inception to give me an average of 30% return or better. This year with the market itself racking up close to 20% total returns so far, outpacing the S&P 500 has been extremely satisfying. In my experience, and this has generally borne out over time, value investors tend to underperform the market in the times of extreme optimism and outperform the market when other investors are running for the hills.

    It has been a struggle to find good opportunites in Q3, but we did find a few and are able to continue growing the portfolio at a good clip without taking undue risk.

    Read more about how we did this year and what I think the future holds

    We sold out of ISH last quarter and added 2 new positions. More details on site.


    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Sep 30 11:41 PM | Link | Comment!
  • 26.7% Return In First 6 Months Of 2013 Following A 32.44% Gain In 2012

    I generally do a quarterly update on how the Value Stock Guide portfolio is performing. As Q2 ended, I was knee deep into analyzing a very interesting stock (which we subsequently bought) and as a result, this update is a little late. The performance numbers are as of the market close last friday (Jul 5). Here are the key numbers

    Value Stock Guide Premium Portfolio Performance
    Total Return20132012Since Inception (Jul 23, 2009)
    VSG Premium26.70%32.44%182.55%
    S&P 50015.68%16%76.88%

    Data as of Jul 5, 2013. Total Returns include dividends. VSG Premium returns data is net of commissions

    Essentially, $100,000 invested in S&P 500 (assuming no transaction costs) on Jul 23, 2009 would be worth $176,880 as of July 5th 2013. The same $100K invested in the Value Stock Guide Premium portfolio would be worth $282,550. Put it another way, you could have taken out your original investment, gone for a round the world cruise, and still kept pace with the Joneses! At least as far as the size of the portfolio is concerned.

    The Chinese credit crunch inspired dip in the markets in the last few weeks has barely registered on the VSG portfolio. Since I do not watch CNBC or Bloomberg, I would not have known how badly the market is taking it, if it were not for Twitter!

    We are on track to deliver another outstanding year. As you recall, in 2012 we trounced pretty much every index in existence and about 99% of the hedge funds. Except of course, we do not do any fancy derivatives - just focus on old fashioned stock picking based on value investing principles.

    Visit us at or if you are interested in duplicating our investing returns, consider the premium program.


    Jul 10 10:18 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Value Stock Guide 2012 Performance Wrap Up - 32.44% Beating ALL The Indices

    I sat down yesterday to review how the Value Stock Guide portfolio performed against all the S&P, Dow Jones and Russell indices in 2012 and was pleasantly surprised to find that we out performed every single one of them. This includes a few hundred esoteric Russell global and hybrid indices.

    The only way one could have topped our performance in 2012 by holding a diversified index was to buy Japanese market denominated in JPY.

    With 2012 completed and done for, we have now beat the S&P 500 by returning more than TWICE since the inception of the portfolio on Jul 23, 2009.

    More details on performance and how we did it is here

    Jan 02 10:56 AM | Link | Comment!
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