Great Investors Take Advantage of Time

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“Time, Time, Time is on my side… Yes it is.Time, Time, Time is on my side… Yes it is.”
– Mick Jagger

In last month’s article, we discussed how “Understanding Risk” is one of the great qualities to adopt for anyone who wants to become a great investor. This month we focus on a related, but slightly different quality…Great Investors Take Advantage of Time.

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Not Perfect, but Better!

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If you read any of the content we regularly publish here at Concentus, you must know by now that one of the pillars of our capital market philosophy is Rational Optimism, and that it is impossible to make a good investor out of a pessimist. We believe firmly that an educated optimism is the only outlook that is supported by history, and that any rigorous study of the history of mankind will make clear the fact that the human condition has been getting better and better for the last 10,000 years.

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The Happy Secret of Success

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“Now and then, it is a good idea to take a break from the constant pursuit of happiness, to just… BE happy.”
– Dan Sullivan

The Pursuit of Happiness

I love this quote from Dan Sullivan, and have it taped to my computer monitor at work. It seems like so many people are running so hard to achieve the things they believe will make them happy.
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Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

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“Simplicity is the ultimate Sophistication”
– Leonardo da Vinci

When it comes to wealth planning and investing, most people suffer from the illusion of complexity, and believe that the achievement of significant financial success will require us to grapple with a great deal of complexity.   More →

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Great Investors Understand Risk

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“Risk is not knowing what you are doing.”
– Warren Buffett

In last month’s article, we focused on “Faith in the Future” as one of the great qualities to adopt for anyone who wants to become a great investor. This month we focus on a related, but slightly different quality…Great Investors Understand Risk.

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Permanent Crisis

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“Do not resign yourself to this battle. Do not see investing as some kind of Sisyphean exercise, in which you are tragically fated to roll the rock of your wealth up the hill in rising markets, only to watch it roll down again when markets crash. Believe that you can triumph, and that all you need in order to succeed beyond your wildest dreams is out there – lost in the darkness of ignorance and fear – waiting for you to shine a light on them.”
– Nick Murray

The US stock market has been in an impressive bull market for the last year or so, which has taken many investors by surprise. In fact, the recent run in stock prices has been called “the most hated bull market in history”, as many investors don’t trust the market these days, or believe the reasons why it is increasing.  More →

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Great Investors have Faith in the Future

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“The ultimate resource is people—especially skilled, spirited, and hopeful young people endowed with liberty—who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefits, and so inevitably they will benefit the rest of us as well. Human Ingenuity is the Ultimate Resource.”
– Julian Simon, Introduction for The State of Humanity

In last month’s article, we focused on “Not Being Surprised” as one of the great qualities to adopt for anyone who wants to become a great investor. This month we focus on a slightly different quality…Great Investors have Faith in the Future

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Wired for Failure

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Image: Carl Richards, The Behavior Gap

“The Investor’s Chief Problem – and even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself.”
– Benjamin Graham

Over the last 20 years, the average equity mutual fund investor underperformed the S&P 500 by a average margin of -3.5% annually. Over a 20 year period the S&P returned 8.2% per year, but the average investor in stock funds only got 4.7% per year.

Why does this happen? Why is the average American such a terrible investor?
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