By: Tim Melvin
It was Sir Isaac Newton who famously said, "If I have seen further than certain other men, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Those who came before us in life have left a huge treasure trove of knowledge, but it seems few ever take the time to study what those great minds have already learned.
Nowhere is this truer than in the markets, particularly when it comes to investing in the financial markets.
There have been some wildly successful investors who have been embarrassingly generous about sharing their secrets of making money, but almost no one takes the time to read the body of work.
The Legends And Their Myths
Most people know who some of these legends are but have never read the material. Most investors have heard of Benjamin Graham, but very few have ever read The Intelligent Investor, and even fewer have ever cracked the cover of Security Analysis. Continue reading "Free Advice From Seth Klarman & Charlie Munger"
By: Tim Melvin
Imagine that, back in January, you were given an ironclad forecast of how the world and economy would shape up in the first half of 2014.
You would have known in advance that the U.S. GDP would have a negative print for the first quarter, that Ukraine would explode into violence with Russian involvement -- and that the much-touted housing recovery would begin to show signs of slowing down.
You would have known that Iraq would see sectarian violence, and that Islamists separatists would successfully attack major cities and seriously destabilize the region. You would have had information showing you that the prices of important food items like coffee, hogs and cattle would experience double-digit price surges.
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You would have foreseen the strict, new environmental regulations imposed on industry and utilities. The slowdown in retail profits and decline in consumer confidence would have been no surprise to you, because you would already be in the know about these things. Continue reading "3 Reasons To Quit Trying For The Impossible With Your Investments"