Yes Bank: The Growth Machine

Having acquired the banking license by RBI in 2004, Yes bank exited FY-17 with over 1000 branches and a balance sheet size of over 2 trillion rupees. Its net worth has gone up over 2650% in past decade from INR 800 crores in 2007 to 22000 crores in FY-17. The bank has created tremendous amount of wealth for its investors since its listing, as the stock has appreciated more than 3500% since its IPO price. Yes Bank issued its maiden shares to public in 2005 at 45 rupees.

So what’s the secret behind such success? Probably, right branding and technology focus has played a key role in the kind of growth the bank has achieved. From the beginning itself, the bank has invested heavily in brand building. In 2013, it signed a 5-year sponsorship deal with IPL and the association seems to have paid off handsomely as it has given significant visibility to the brand and acceptance among Indian people. For IPL 2017, the bank was an associate sponsor. 

The bank is investing heavily in technology backbone and demand of the newer generation customers who prefer net banking over branch banking. Yes bank has specifically focused on making its web and app based customer interfaces simple and powerful. The bank also launched the star banking facility recently where the customer can reach the bank by just dialing **2265 (Star Bank) which is a generic number and very easy to remember. This kind of dialing facility is already popular in western countries and is expected to catch up in India as well. 

Yes bank has increased its focus on retail banking recently and has exited FY 2017 with over 1000 branches & 1785 ATMs and a target to achieve 2500 branches by 2020. With larger footprint the bank is poised to get increasingly higher share of low cost deposits and also diversified credit portfolio of home loans, personal loan, credit cards and other retail credits which are relatively far safer than lumpy corporate loans. Considering the capital position, technology backing and ambitious plans, the bank has significant room to grow further and create wealth for all stakeholders in coming years.

Be the climbing Wolf

Get charged up with this very energetic video. I found it really motivational.

Portfolio Update - April 2017

After 4 months of sitting on 100% cash, good opportunities seems to be emerging in some stocks. Sold all the liquid investments and bought few stocks that seems attractive for medium term investments. Please check the update portfolio for further details:

How to use UPI for a hassle free money transfer instantly

UPI Payment System
Unified Payment Interface or UPI is a joint initiative by National Payments Corporation of India’s (NPCI), Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Indian Banks Association (IBA) to enable secure and extremely easy way to transfer money between bank accounts. It’s a payment mechanism which allows instant money transfer without the bank details. Instead of bank account number and IFSC code, a virtual payment address (VPA) is used here. To use this payment Mechanism one needs to download the bank specific app, such as Axis Pay, on their mobile phone and create a VPA which will be linked to their bank accounts.

A virtual payment address is an identifier that can be uniquely mapped to an individual account. It can be thought of like an email ID for your money that your bank uses to transfer money and make payments.

Important candlestick patterns at a glance

Japanese Candlestick charting has almost become a defacto standard for studying price history of stocks / bonds / gold etc as each candle packs in a lot of useful information regarding the action on a particular day. However a series of candles together gives clearer picture in terms of the direction of the asset class. Following are some of the most important patterns that expert traders use to position themselves. 

Portfolio Update Dec 2016

BIG changes done to the portfolio considering the recent events and macro headwinds lined up. Please check the updated portfolio for details.

I am sure many of you will have questions after this portfolio change and I will be happy to answer them. You can post your query in the comment section of this post.

The Great Humiliator

My Favorite page from the book " Beat the Crowd" by Ken Fisher.

Important Motor Insurance terminologies worth knowing

If you are looking to buy / renew a car or bike insurance then you have either already encountered some jargon, or will encounter as you read the policy documents, which is difficult to understand. Following is the list of common terms that you must understand in order to fully benefit from the insurance policy:

1. NCB or No Claim Bonus: This is probably the easy term and quite straight forward. While purchasing a four wheeler or two wheeler insurance, this is the discount offered by the insurer for prudent use of your vehicle. This discount is available on policy renewals and can be as high as 50% depending upon the number of years your vehicle didn’t claim for damage.

Portfolio Update - Nov 2016

Utilized sharp correction in stocks to add quality stocks at very good valuation which are expected to generate reasonable return in 6 months time. Please check the updated portfolio for further details.

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