Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers: “Anytime That You Think You’ve Become A Financial Genius-It Is Time To Sit Back And Do Nothing For A While”

One of our favorite investing books here at The Acquirer’s Multiple is – A Gift to My Children: A Father’s Lessons for Life and Investing, by Jim Rogers. Rogers co-founded the successful Quantum Fund with George Soros back in 1973. There’s a great passage in the book in which Rogers provides a great lesson for investors that are enjoying success.

Get The Timeless Reading eBook in PDF

Get the entire 10-part series on Timeless Reading in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues.

We respect your email privacy

Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc

Jim Rogers

Here’s an excerpt from that book:

Never act upon wishful thinking. Act without checking the facts, and chances are that you will be swept away along with the mob. Whenever you see people acting in the same way, it is time to investigate supply and demand objectively.

Let me give you an example: In 1980 everybody wanted to own gold. The price had skyrocketed to over $850 per troy ounce. But one could see that gold was being overproduced; after all, a supplier is bound to increase production for anything that rises in price. A lot of people bought gold at this inflated price, insisting that it was somehow different from other commodities. Boy, were they wrong.

More gold started to be mined, and, at the same time, the demand for the precious metal scaled back. In fact, many folks who owned gold jewelry sold it to refiners for melting, which further increased the supply. By the year 2000, the price of gold had sunk to about $250 an ounce. History shows that most bubbles take years for recovery, so there is rarely any reason to rush in after a period of mania. The exact same change in supply and demand happened with silver, which tumbled from $50 in 1980 during its mania to under $4 a couple of decades later.

When you see so many people being unrealistic, stop and make an objective assessment of the supply-and-demand equation. Bearing in mind this basic principle will bring you that much closer to success.

Anytime that you think you’ve become a financial genius— when, in fact, you simply have had the good luck to turn a profit—it is time to sit back and do nothing for a while. If you stumble upon success in a bull market and decide that you are gifted, stop right there. Investing at that point is dangerous, because you are starting to think like everybody else. Wait until the mob psychology that is influencing you subsides.

For more articles like this, check out our recent articles here.

Article by Johnny Hopkins, The Acquirer's Multiple


Saved Articles

The Life and Career of Charlie Munger

Charlie is more than just Warren Buffett’s friend and Berkshire Hathaway’s Vice Chairman – Buffett has actually credited him with redefining how he looks at investing. Now you can learn from Charlie firsthand via this incredible ebook and over a dozen other famous investor studies by signing up below:

  • Learn from the best and forever change your investing perspective
  • One incredible tidbit of knowledge after another in the page-turning masterpiece of a book
  • Discover the secrets to Charlie’s success and how to apply it to your investing
Never Miss A Story!
Subscribe to ValueWalk Newsletter. We respect your privacy.

Are you an intelligent investor?

ValueWalkPremium is a website and newsletter for smart investors like yourself. We focus on the latest hedge fund industry news much of which is not in the public domain and obtained via our sources.

We also have 10 years of resources on how to use this information to better your investment process.

Sign up for  today for only a few dollars a day and get a 3 day no obligation trial with a targeted 20% discount coupon code.

Cancel anytime during trial and you are never charged.

Limited time offer: For first 50 subscribers