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No one would suggest completely ignoring news about your investments. Enron investors, for example, would have been well served to sell once early reports of accounting irregularities surfaced. But the key is to keep news in context and act only if further reflection or study indicates that the core thesis for an investment has changed.
The mark of a wise person isn't never making mistakes - everyone makes plenty of them. Rather, it's the ability to quickly admit - and fix - them!
In life, an abundance of confidence gives us higher motivation, persistence, and optimism and can allow us to accomplish things we otherwise might not have undertaken.
I think that most people who complain about our government have no idea what they're talking about because they've never been to a country with a bad government.
My portfolio consists of many companies I find fundamentally undervalued in which I expect activism to play a role in the value being realised.
To a large extent, equity investors put their hard-earned capital into the hands of management and count on it being employed skilfully and honestly. When that doesn't happen, losses typically follow.
One can't be a successful investor without a healthy dose of confidence. To commit your own and others' hard-earned capital requires conviction, and conviction requires confidence. But as with fine brandy or coffee ice cream, too much of a good thing can be problematic.
I love and celebrate good teachers, and it's critical that we do more to identify them and keep them happy and motivated.
The relative illiquidity of small-company shares - which often contributes to their being undervalued - also increases their volatility.
There's a real company in Facebook and then a lot of pretenders riding their coat tails.
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Parents are, of course, most important in shaping their children's lives, but teachers are critically important as well. Who among us doesn't look back on a few great teachers who inspired us, opened up new worlds, and helped make us who we are?
When reviewing one's portfolio, it is important to be aware of common mental mistakes that may lead to bad decisions. The most powerful is commitment bias, which, as manifested in investing, is the tendency to fall in love with one's stocks.
Shorting saved my butt in 2008... Shorting kept me in the game. It generates cash when the market's crashing. And that's what you want when the market's crashing - cash.
I have never believed that large-cap stocks are too well followed to be anything but efficiently priced.
My experience is that very few people have what it takes to be a successful investor, as I discussed in The Arrogance of Stock Picking.
Because I'm a very public figure, everybody knows what my returns are.
My advice to most people is don't short stocks. It's a very, very difficult business. And you can really get clobbered.
If I bring to light a company that's poisoning customers, defrauding investors, or something like that... there just aren't enough regulators in the world to keep up with all of the fraud and malfeasance that goes on out there, particularly in the little nooks and crannies of the market.
I am part of the 1 percent of the 1 percent. By that, I mean that I am fortunate to be a wealthy American, and I say, 'It's okay to raise my taxes.'
I think most people agree with the idea of shared sacrifice, but for many, when push comes to shove, that principle goes out the window.
While there's always plenty of room for improvement, our government is actually quite effective and efficient. Our military and judicial systems and national parks are the best in the world. Unlike in countries where government corruption is rampant, I've never once been solicited for a bribe.
The deal machinations many companies put themselves through, while certainly a bonanza for investment bankers, can confound the typical investor.
Mueller is the leading North American provider of water infrastructure and flow control products - things such as fire hydrants, valves, pipes, fittings, and couplings. While this is no doubt a mundane business, it is also an excellent one.
Pence is far too conservative for me, but by all accounts, he's an intelligent, experienced, decent man with no skeletons in his closet.
In the game of politics, both parties are sometimes guilty of passing really stupid laws that, in reality, are purely symbolic and have no real impact on anyone.
I believe our schools will actually get better if layoffs are done carefully, such that only the very worst teachers are let go.
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