ICICI stock: When to Invest

When to invest

Sometimes, tim­ing is everything in in­vest­ments.

Last year, The New York Times pub­lished a piece titled In Investing, It’s When You Start And When You Finish. This showed the sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact of tim­ing in in­vest­ment de­cisions.

At Gramener, we ap­plied the same visu­al­isa­tion to a few Indian stocks over the last 5 years.

Here’s what it looks like for ICICI’s stock.

If you in­ves­ted in ICICI stock in Jan 2007, the first row of boxes show the kind of re­turns you would have seen.

The col­ours in­dic­ate the de­gree of profit or loss. Red for losses, green for profits, and yel­low for neut­ral val­ues. Selling in March 2007 would have made sig­ni­fic­ant losses. Selling in Jan 2008, one year later, would have given you a good profit. And so on.

The same is ex­ten­ded to in­vest­ments made in oth­er months.

The black boxes show a hold­ing pat­tern of 1 year, 2 years, etc. You can get a sense of what kind of re­turns you would make with a strategy of hold­ing for 1 year, 2 years, and so on.

Here are sim­il­ar pic­tures for Infosys stock and SBI stock.

At Gramener, we took a look at a num­ber of such stocks and their per­form­ance over the last five years. A in­ter­act­ive app show­cas­ing sample of those is avail­able at http://gramener.com/whentoinvest/.

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