The 10 Most Important Lessons In Finance From A Legend In The Field – ValueWalk Premium

The 10 Most Important Lessons In Finance From A Legend In The Field

[Editor’s note: Yesterday, we published a podcast we recorded with the legendary financial commentator, Jim Grant.

Jim is the editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer – one of the most-respected and followed financial publications in the world. In his 35 years writing Grant’s, Jim has seen a financial cycle or two.

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 Grant

And he’s amassed a network of many of the most important people on Wall Street (who often share their insights in his publication).

We’re excited to share a special piece from Jim in Notes today about the 10 most important lessons he’s learned in his 35 years in financial markets.

Did you know? You can receive all our actionable articles straight to your email inbox... Click here to signup for our Notes from the Field newsletter.

It’s a bit long, so we’ll publish the first half today and the rest tomorrow.

We’ve also arranged a special deal with Jim for Sovereign Man readers, which you’ll see below.]

From Jim Grant:

I’ve published over 800 issues of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer to date… That’s more than    four million words of market analysis.

I’ve made some good calls in that time (and, yes, some bad ones).  I’ve even gained some fame – at least in certain circles – for my more accurate predictions.

But, more importantly, I like to think that I’ve become a knowledgeable student of Mr. Market. I’ve lived through and analyzed manias and crashes.  I’ve seen interest rates fall from 20% to zero – and below… I’ve seen the stock market sawed in half and I’ve seen stocks rise far above any sane measure of valuation.

And through it all, every two weeks, I’ve shared my thoughts with a select group of readers.  Many of them have been with Grant’s since day one.

With that in mind, here are the 10 most important lessons I’ve learned in finance…

  1. The key to successful investing is having everyone agree with you — LATER. The most popular investment of the day is rarely the best investment. If you want to know what’s popular, look no further than the front page of your favored business journal… Or just tune in at your next cocktail party.

At Grant’s, we seek profits where no one else is looking. We’re happy to wait for the consensus to come to us.

We’ve been contrarian since day one. In our minds, there’s no better lens through which to view the market.

  1. You aren’t good with money. Because humans aren’t good with money. We buy high and sell low because it’s what comes naturally. It’s difficult to control emotions. It’s more difficult when money is involved.

But with detailed security analysis and an expert understanding of market cycles, you can minimize emotions when it comes to your portfolio.

  1. Everything about investing is cyclical… prices, valuations, enthusiasms. And this will never The greatest investors develop a sense of when markets have reached euphoric levels. And of when fear is crippling reason.

 Where do you think we stand on that scale today?

  1. You can’t predict the future. Nor can the guy who claims he can.

You can, however, see how the crowd is handicapping the future. Observing the odds, you can make better choices.

You can recognize the rhythms of market cycles (see lesson 3). And with enough practice, you can profit from those cycles – or at least avoid disaster. As when we warned Grant’s readers in our September 8, 2006 issue about a bubble in subprime mortgage debt – 11 months before the crisis began. And three years later, when we advised going long bank stocks before they rallied 250%.

  1. Every good idea gets driven into the ground like a tomato stake. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) were a great idea. They allowed investors diversified exposure to a number of markets for minimal fees.

 Today, ETFs account for more than 23% of all U.S. trading volume with a total market value over $3 trillion. And the ETF market is forecasted to hit $25 trillion globally by 2025.

Yes, ETFs allow investors to diversify into lots of markets for a little bit of money. But ETFs allocate money without consideration of value.

And what happens when everyone rushes for the exits?

And to continue learning how to ensure you thrive no matter what happens next in the world, I encourage you to download our free Perfect Plan B Guide.

Because... If you live, work, bank, invest, own a business, and hold your assets all in just one country, you are putting all of your eggs in one basket.

You’re making a high-stakes bet that everything is going to be ok in that one country — forever.

All it would take is for the economy to tank, a natural disaster to hit, or the political system to go into turmoil and you could lose everything—your money, your assets, and possibly even your freedom.

Luckily, there are a number of simple, logical steps you can take to protect yourself from these obvious risks:

No Brainer Strategies to Ensure You Thrive No Matter What Happens Next

  • Invest outside the mainstream and make 12% with minimal risk
  • Protect your assets and become invincible to financial crisis and frivolous lawsuits
  • Legally slash your tax bill up to $1.2 million each year
  • Obtain a valuable second passport… for free

Learn about these and many more strategies in our free Perfect Plan B Guide.

Article by Sovereign Man

LEAVE A COMMENT


X
Saved Articles
X
TextTExtLInkTextTExtLInk

The top investors are reading ValuewalkPremium.

Click here to learn why

0