Thursday, 15 January 2015

Extreme vicissitudes

Undoubtedly, the largest theoretical gains in the stock market are to be made not out of the continuously prosperous companies but out of those which experience wide vicissitudes - by buying their stocks at their depths and selling at their heights.

Profits of such amplitude are realized only in the paper calculations of hindsight.  Yet these examples have practical significance for the intelligent investor.

They should confirm his conviction that outstanding characteristic of stock market is its tendency to react EXCESSIVELY to favourable and unfavorable influences.  

The word "excessive" applied to the stock market's reactions indicates that they create many sound counter-opportunities for the investor with sense and courage.

Benjamin Graham

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