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March 8, 2012

Can you summarize your investment belief in 10 words or less?

Jason Zweig asked this question in his January 27, 2012 column in “The Wall Street Journal”.
He asked some leading investors and financial thinkers for their own contributions.  It appears that they believe in the KISS principle.
Following are some of the responses: 
Anything is possible, and the unexpected is inevitable. 
Determine value.  Then buy low, sell high.  ;-)
If everybody wants it, I don’t.  Avoid crowds.
Other people are smarter than you think they are.  Index.
Risk means more things can happen than will happen.
Invest for the long term and ignore interim aggravation.
100% of business value depends on the future.
Plan for the worst.  Hope for the best.
Control what you can: your savings rate, costs, and taxes.
The less portfolio management costs, the more you earn.
Do the math.  Expect catastrophes.  Whatever happens, stay the course.
Fallible, emotional people determine price; cold, hard cash determines value.
Save.  Invest long-term.  Compounding returns builds.  Compounding costs destroys.  Courage!
Spend less.  Diversify globally.  Own whatever’s feared, shun whatever’s beloved.

The themes in the above quotes are very consistent.
To find out who said what, read the article.  READ MORE

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