16 Alpha

Simple. Basic. Straightforward. Long Term.

We believe that Index Fund investing is the superior method of investing in Public Equities. In the long run, Index Funds generate better returns for investors than most actively managed funds. 

"Don’t look for the needle in the haystack. Just buy the haystack!"

- John C. Bogle (Founder, The Vanguard Group. Credited for the creation of the Index Fund)

​Successful Investing is all about common sense. As Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, has said, it is simple, but it is not easy. Simple arithmetic suggests, and history confirms, that the winning strategy for investing in stocks is to own all of the nation’s publicly held businesses at a very low cost. By doing so you are guaranteed to capture almost the entire return that these businesses generate in the form of dividends and earnings growth. The best way to implement this strategy is indeed simple: Buy a fund that holds this all-market portfolio, and hold it forever. Such a fund is called an index fund. - Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle

When trillions of dollars are managed by Wall Streeters charging high fees, it will usually be the managers who reap outsized profits, not the clients. Both large and small investors should stick with low-cost index funds.- Warren Buffett

Buffett has instructed the trustee in charge of his estate to invest 90% of his money into the S&P 500, and 10% in treasury bills, for his wife after he dies. “I just think that the best thing to do is buy 90% in S&P 500 index fund.”

Refined Index Fund. Buy India. The Best of India

Usually while buying an Index Fund, for example, the S&P500, BSE500, Nifty, or Sensex, one usually ignores some of the rotten apples or bad fish out of the large net of stocks. Thus, to maximize return, it is essential to filter out some of the fundamentally weak companies and just keep the winners. It is important to know why each stock exists in the large net of 100, 250,500, or 1000 stocks.

"Know what you own, and why you own it". - Peter Lynch

​We use an algorithmically based scoring system that ranks each company listed on the public exchange of India (NSE & BSE) based on a wide range of 16 metrics. Using these metrics, we rank each listed Indian Company from 1 to 5000... Backtesting and using data from the past in all sorts of scenarios help us conclude that our data points (fundamentals, value, and other metrics) help rank all the companies efficiently and also generate significant alpha over the traditional indices. 

Some people may have a misconception that choosing 20-30 stocks is the ideal portfolio size to beat the Index in the long term. This might hold true if the person managing your money or selecting those 20-30 stocks is Warren Buffett, Jim Simons, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, George Soros, Steven Cohen, or Peter Lynch. However, we assume that the probability to replicate the growth of such an investor is next to impossible. 

​From 1970-2016, only 2 out of 355 Equity Funds in the USA outperformed the S&P500 by 2%. About 281 (80%) of the 355 funds went out of business in this 46-year period. 8 gave a return exceeding the S&P500 by 1-2%. Rest all generated a return below the S&P500. The top long-term winner among the 2 that beat the S&P500 was Fidelity Magellan Fund. The Fidelity Magellan Fund shined from 1977 to 1990 when it was managed by Peter Lynch. While managing the fund, Peter Lynch held as many as 1,400 stocks at one time...

"With a good perspective on history, we can have a better understanding of the past and present, and thus a clear vision of the future." — Carlos Slim Helu

We are always growing, learning, and drawing inspiration from the top investors and money managers in the World. We follow a steady, simple, and contrarian approach to a common-sense style of investing.