5 Great Quotes on Investing and How They Apply to You

We thought the following quotes from some of the most successful money managers might be useful to get the extra confidence needed to stay with your long-term plan as the markets exhibit the usual up and down movements.   The key word in the first sentence being  the “usual” volatility as stock market movements up and down are customary and should be expected.

Look at (market) fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy – profit from folly rather than participate in it.

Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway fame

Personal Implication: This is why the long-term stock market  returns are higher than a bank savings account which has no volatility or movement up and down.  Understand volatility for better returns; this trade-off is a good one for long-term investors.

Warren Buffett photo


If you watch a basketball game and at the end of the game you win with the score is 105 to 95, no one says, wait a second, in the third quarter, you lost 28 to 18.  What was the story in the third quarter?

Peter Lynch of Merrill Lynch fame

Personal Implication: The goal in retirement is to insure you do not outlive your money by having your portfolio produces lifestyle sustaining income for you and your family.  That requires concentrating on the whole game – not small time periods, like quarterly or yearly returns.

Photo by David Lacasse 

In the stock market, the only way to get a bargain is to buy what most investors are selling.

Sir John Templeton of Templeton Mutual Funds

Personal Implication:  This is why it is important to have the disciplined approach of re-balancing your portfolio even when (especially when) it is contrarian to the current sentiment.  Knowing the percentages of each asset classes that you will need to reach your goals will allow you to do what every investor wants to do: Sell high, and Buy low.

It is learning to listen to the gloom and doom at bottoms and question it, and to the exultation at tops and question this as well, that makes a sharp investor.

Jim Rogers of Quantum Fund

Personal Implication:  This questioning is possible only if you have created an investment portfolio based of achieving a result.  What we like to call “Being Successful on Purpose”.  This allows your focus to be on having the right balance of investments independent of how they are currently performing.  You need to understand what has always worked – not only what is currently working.

 No matter how much or how little money you have flowing through your life, when you direct that flow with a soulful purpose, you feel wealthy. You feel vibrant and alive when you use your money in a way that represents you.  Not just as a response to the market economy, but also as an expression of who you are.  When you let your money move to things you care about, your life lights up.  That’s really what money is for.

Lynne Twist of Soul of Money Institute

Personal Implication:    Amen

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The foregoing content reflects the opinions of Crimmins Wealth Management and is subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that the statements, opinions or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. All investing involves risk, including the potential for loss of principal. There is no guarantee that any investment plan or strategy will be successful.

About Dan Crimmins

Dan Crimmins, co-founder of Crimmins Wealth Management, is a financial coach and fee only financial planner. Have a financial question? ASK DAN


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