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Friday, October 25, 2013

Indian Equity Markets: Patience Pays On Investment..

by Mr. Suresh Parthasarathy, Financial Planner

Chinese Bamboo Tree grow 80 feet in six weeks...!

During one of my interaction with an environmentalist discussion turned towards bamboo.
Suresh Parthasarathy,
Financial Planner
He was just sharing me about Chinese Bamboo Tree. I was amazed with that tree.

After the interaction while I was driving back house it struck me that it is similar to our equity markets.

We are managing quite a good portfolio in that we have handful of investors holding their Mutual Fund investments for more than decade and their overall portfolio return is about 17%.

Those wish to build long- term portfolio through systematic investment plan do read history of Chinese Bamboo tree to develop patience while investing.

The Story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree..

Like any plant, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing - water, fertile soil, sunshine.

 In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity.

In the second year, again, no growth above the soil.
The third, the fourth, still nothing.

Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded.

And finally in the fifth year – behold a miracle!

We experience growth. And what growth it is! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six (6) weeks!

But let’s be serious, does the Chinese Bamboo Tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks?

Did the Chinese Bamboo Tree lie dormant for four (4) years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?

The answer is, of course, obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people.

People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich-quicker and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.

Had the Chinese Bamboo Tree farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the Chinese Bamboo tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely.

The struggle in the cocoon is what gives the future butterfly the wing power to fly, just as tension against muscles as we exercise strengthen our muscles, while muscles left alone will soon atrophy.


Mr. Suresh Parthasarathy,
CEO and Chief Financial Planner,
SPP Wealth and Financial Planners P Ltd,
Mobile: 98404 54737
Land Line 044 - 4204 6359.
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