Investing lessons: Be a contrarian

It’s tough but rewarding

Warren Buffett said “Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful.” Contrarian investors, like Warren Buffett, sell when others are buying and buy when others are selling. Decisions of common investors are usually dominated by greed. They become bullish when the market rallies strongly and they panic and get out when prices crash. This...

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  • Investing basics: Mean markets

    Why this time is never different

    Sir John Templeton, the legendary investor-turned-philanthropist, identified the four most expensive words in investing as ‘this time, it’s different’. Before every major crash, like the Great Depression, post-Enron, after 9/11, the dotcom and housing bubble burst, high valuations have been justified arguing that “this time, it’s different.”

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    Why Fortune’s pick of 10 stocks for the decade turned out to be foolish

    In August 2000, Fortune magazine put out an article that started as follows: “Admit it, you still have nightmares about the ones that got away. The Microsofts, the Ciscos, the Intels. They’re the top holdings in your ultimate ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’ portfolio. Oh, what might have been, you tell yourself, had you...

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