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June 20, 2006

Buy when others are selling and sell when others are buying

In order to really make money in the markets, you have to be both right and different from everyone else. If you buy Google because you believe they are going to be the next Microsoft, you may be right, but you won’t get much return on your investment because everyone else thinks the same thing and it has already been priced into the stock. In order to make money, you have to be right and different.


If you look at the very few people who have ever made their fortunes in the financial markets - men like George Soros, Jimmy Rodgers or Sir John Templeton - this is exactly how they did it. They bought when everyone else was selling and sold when everyone else was buying. They did not follow the herd. They followed their own path. But what made them successful was not only being contrarian but also being right.


Sir John Templeton, for example, correctly figured out when Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control that it wouldn’t be the economic disaster everyone else was predicting. As all the big multi-nationals sold off their holdings in Hong Kong, at fire sale prices, he bought them up. When everyone else came to the same realization he had much earlier, he sold them back at highly inflated prices.


What does this example teach us? Those that succeed - financially and in life - are those that have the confidence to think for themselves and act independently. Success is almost always found in that hidden area where most people do not have the courage to go.


Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. ~Albert Einstein


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