Choosing What to Invest in Does not Need to be Complicated

When it comes to deciding what to invest in, particularly stocks, people can get easily overwhelmed – especially those just starting out.  Not only are there thousands of stocks to choose from but too many people focus on charts and numbers and the never-ending analysis and advice.  Some of the most successful investors in history, like Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch, have developed the ability to break things down into simple ideas and have been wildly successful at putting them into practice.

Here are some simple ways to see through the clutter and find great companies to invest in, as inspired by the world’s greatest investors.

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How to Fail as an Investor

Don’t let the title of this post throw you off, because I’m going to engage you in a bit of reverse psychology.  Sometimes, a great way to do something right is to instead learn how it’s done wrong and then do the opposite.

A few years back, a friend of mine who knew that I was into stock investing asked me if he should get into it as well.  My first suggestion was that he absolutely not, foolishly assuming that my failure as an investor to that point automatically meant that somehow everybody else was destined to fail.  But sensing that nothing I would say would dissuade him, I half-jokingly replied, “If you do everything opposite to what I’ve done, you’ll probably do just fine!”

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Do the Best Investors REALLY Ignore the Market?

Recently, I finally read one of the classic books on stock investing, “One Up on Wall Street” by Peter Lynch, the 2000 edition.  Among many of the intriguing insights, there was one factor mentioned that never seems to get much discussion because everybody seems to always obsess about the opposite.

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