Monday, September 25, 2006

The Three Rules to Intelligent Investing

In order to practice sound investing, you need to religiously follow these rules. (Courtesy of Ben Graham) Once you truly accept these, your on the path to learning and growing true investment acumen.

1. that you should look at stocks as part Ownership of a business,

2. that you should look at market fluctuations in terms of his "Mr. Market" example and make them your friend rather than your enemy by essentially profiting from folly rather than participating in it, and finally,

3. the three most important words in investing are "Margin of safety" - which Ben talked about in his last chapter of The Intelligent Investor - always building a 15,000 pound bridge if you're going to be driving 10,000 pound trucks across it.

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