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The Intelligent Investor

The Intelligent Investor

by Benjamin Graham

Being an intelligent investor simply means being patient, disciplined, and eager to learn; you must also be able to harness your emotions and think for yourself. This kind of intelligence, is a trait more of the character than of the brain.

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Two morals for investors

  1. Obvious prospects for physical growth in a business do not translate into obvious profits for investors. 
  2. The experts do not have dependable ways of selecting and concentrating on the most promising companies in the most promising industries.

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BENJAMIN GRAHAM

For indeed, the investor’s chief problem—and even his worst enemy—is likely to be himself

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How To Deal With Speculative Investment

One can simply not avoid speculation. In most periods the investor must recognize the existence of a speculative factor in his common-stock holdings. It is his task to keep this component within minor limits, and to be prepared financially and psychologically for adverse results that may be ...

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Intelligent Vs Unintelligent Speculation

Some speculation is necessary and unavoidable. There is intelligent speculation as there is intelligent investing. But there are many ways in which speculation may be unintelligent. Of these the foremost are:

(1) speculating when you think you are investing.

(2) speculating seriously...

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The Right Way To Speculation

Speculation is always fascinating, and it can be a lot of fun while you are ahead of the game. If you want to try your luck at it, put aside a portion—the smaller the better—of your capital in a separate fund for this purpose. Never add more money to this account just because the market has gone ...

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