This is a result of being in the 4th decade of my investing life. Not all the lessons were personally learnt – some where learnt from the reading, teaching, talking, dreaming, writing, commenting about investing. So if you see some points from other authors, writers, commentators do not feel outraged. We both may have copied from the same place. One thing I can assure you – you will not find it in one place or in one sequence – because the LEARNING is mine…

Here we are:

1. The market will do a major pull back at LEAST once in a decade. That will be dramatic – 1993’s -40%, 2008,….that is a great time to be buying, not panicking.

2. You can keep saying ‘I will be greedy when others are fearful’ but also remember that the market can be ‘Irrational for much longer than you are solvent’. All games have to be played between these 2 sayings.

3. I know all about bias. Seriously, however, I am also a victim of bias. This takes us to philosophy…..What is Maya? Maya is the ability to make sure that all the philosophy that you know does not work FOR YOU when it is for YOURSELF. Be ready for that.

4. There is virtually no accountability for pundits who come on media. Media includes blogs. Pundits include yours truly. If you benefit from my blog, more power to you. If you lose, more power to your broker.

5. There is a huge, huge gap between a good company and a good investment.

6. Institutions take more time to recognize a slipping elephant. Currently there is a terribly over-rated company in the sensex. However despite the corruption in that company it has some brilliant assets which will dramatically improve its cash position – so it can hide longer!!

7. During uncertain times media experts are absolutely sure about the political, fiscal and monetary IMMEDIATE future. You can be sure they KNOW NOTHING about it.

8. Legendary investors are simple investors who understood compounding EARLY ON.

9. If you UNDERSTAND risk, you are Warren Buffet. Making an attempt to understand risk and keeping it out is far, far, far important than spotting the next Wipro or Microsoft. You do not need to.

10. To make money in the market, you need not understand its short term moves. Just like how to enjoy a good omlette you need not learn to lay an egg.

Go have fun…more will follow…hopefully soon…..

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  1. Point 2 was awesome. Thanks.

    You write really useful stuff in everyday language. We discuss your articles during dinner and at breakfast at home.

    The power of compounding is so underestimated. I now-a-days talk to younger colleagues and ask them to not make the same mistake that I did of not investing earlier. I tell them of how my Mom used to plead with me to open a Recurring Deposit account, and that I never acceded to her request – and am realizing now that if I’d seen my money grow, I’d have invested much earlier than today !

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