Sunday, 4 January 2015

The case of the market declines and unsuccessful stock investments.

There is a vital difference here between temporary and permanent influences.

A price decline is of no real importance to the bona fide investor unless it is either very substantial - say, more than a third from cost - or unless it reflects a known deterioration of consequence in the company's position.

In a well defined bear market many sound common stocks sell temporarily at extraordinarily low prices.

  • It is possible that the investor may then have a paper loss of fully 50 per cent on some of his holdings, without any convincing indication that the underlying values have been permanently affected.

A significant price decline is of importance to the investor.
  • He would have been well advised to scrutinize the picture with some care, to see whether he had made any miscalculations.
  • But if the results of his study were reassuring - as they should have been - he was entitled then to disregard the market decline as a temporary vagary of finance, unless he had the funds and the courage to take advantage of it by buying more on the bargain basis offered.

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