- Your investor’s edge is not something you get from Wall Street experts. It’s something you already have. You can outperform the experts if you use your edge by investing in companies or industries you already understand.
- Over the past 3 decades, the stock mkt has come to be dominated by by a herd of professional investors. Contrary to popular belief, this makes it easier for the amateur investor. You can beet the market by ignoring the herd.
- Often there is no correlation b/w success of a company’s operations and the success of its stock over a few months or even years. In the long term there is 100% correlation b/w the success of the company and the success of the stock. This disparity is the key to making money: it pays to be patient, and to own successful companies.
- You have to know what you own, and why you own it. “This baby is a clinch to go up!” dosen’t count. Continue reading “Some more from the likes of Peter Lynch”
When you read history, you tend to read about historical events, about numbers, dates, and data. But it was people who drove those events, people making decisions on the basis of uncertain information, unknown consequences and frequently in the ‚fog of war. The opening quotation in Ahamed’s book is from Benjamin Disraeli: Read no history – nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. This perfectly sets the tone for what for me is one of the best treatments of the Great Depression I’ve ever read.
This account differs from others because it is told largely fromthe vantage points of the four central bankers of the four largest economies of the day: Benjamin Strong at the New York Fed, Hjalmar Schacht of the German Reichbank, Montagu Norman of the Bank of England, and Emile Moreau of the Banque de France. Continue reading “The Lords of Finance, by Liaquat Ahamed”