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"Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Taylor Larimore » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:37 pm

Hi Bogleheads:

Jason Zweig, Wall Street Journal columnist, asks himself and other investing experts:

"Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Their replies are interesting:

http://blogs.wsj.com/totalreturn/2012/0 ... -10-words/

In 10 words or less, what is YOUR investing philosophy?

Thank you and best wishes.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby declan911 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:39 pm

How about 4 words:

Save more than spend! :D
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Hatch Batten » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:17 pm

Preserve something from each windfall. Learn something from each misadventure.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby tipswatcher » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:18 pm

10 exactly, and thank you declan911 for the first part:

Save more than you spend! Try not to lose money!

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I think we could later on make a Haiku thread on investing philosophy?
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby SP-diceman » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:23 pm

I need to eat, when I get old. :)
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby justj2k78 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:24 pm

Read, pick allocation, save, watch costs, stay the course, rebalance
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Mel Lindauer » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:25 pm

I Bonds, TIPS and VTINX.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Gort » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:43 pm

Save until it hurts, then save some more.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby baw703916 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:48 pm

Make sure you never run out of money.
Most of my posts assume no behavioral errors.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby bob90245 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:56 pm

Borrowing some words from the article:

Expect many bull and bear markets in your lifetime. Therefore, spend less and diversify globally.


(Ok, so that's more than 10 words. :wink: )
Ignore the market noise. Keep to your rebalancing schedule whether that is semi-annual, annual or trigger bands.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby englishgirl » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:02 am

Keep costs down. Save lots. Keep everything simple. Be humble.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby norookie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:05 am

Education, make your plan, stay your course, maybe tilt. 10 words. :mrgreen: TL you are a gem, never mind TLs gems! That sound like blatent Brn nosing! :oops:
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby baw703916 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:07 am

I thought Gus Sauter's quote was interesting:

"If everybody wants it, I don’t. Avoid crowds."

This appeals to my contrarian tendencies.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby norookie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:23 am

:peace .
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby bobcat2 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:25 am

Carefully choose your investment goal. Be serious about meeting it.

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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby cheese_breath » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:29 am

Four words ... Keep It Simple Stupid.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby norookie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:46 am

cheese_breath wrote:Four words ... Keep It Simple Stupid.
+1 :peace
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Trebor » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:25 am

There is no such thing as a free lunch.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby second-guesser » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:31 am

Fifty percent stocks , fifty percent bonds from day one. Rebalance every five years.
(I wish I has followed this advice from day 1 ; in fact I wish I could follow this advice now ! )

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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby letsgobobby » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:17 am

Embrace thrift. Limit risk. Buy low. Read Bogle. Enjoy journey!
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby PizzaOnTheMind » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:27 am

Be an independent thinker; be patient and wait for opportunities.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Random Walker » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:36 am

EMH, SmB, HmL, diversify, Tax Efficient, TLH, Passive, Rebalance, Low Cost

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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby xerty24 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:46 am

For others,

Don't try to beat the market - leave that to me.

For me,

Everywhere you look, there's a free lunch!
No excuses, no regrets.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Noobvestor » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:54 am

Diversify all the things!

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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby beardsworth » Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:41 am

(Let's see. Just 10 words. Hmmm . . .)


Do what Larimore and Lindauer say and nobody gets hurt. :)


(I trust that smiley faces don't count as words.)
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby bungalow10 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:47 am

baw703916 wrote:I thought Gus Sauter's quote was interesting:

"If everybody wants it, I don’t. Avoid crowds."

This appeals to my contrarian tendencies.


+1

The only problem is that since I found this forum, it is difficult to differentiate in my head the Boglehead everyone from the everyone-else everyone.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby peppers » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:01 am

..."when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.."
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby stemikger » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:08 am

Set it and Forget it and Rebalance once a year.
Stay the Course!
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Xanadu » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:37 am

Maximize savings, minimize expenses, diversify, stay the course, enjoy life
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Goldfinger » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:07 am

For me, these 2 words say it all: "Stealth Wealth." Wrap the typical Boglehead comments around that, and that sums it up for me.

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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Ed 2 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:11 am

Do what others don't, educate yourself, listeng yourself. Love your Country.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby DaleMaley » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:13 am

Live below your means and invest in index funds.
Most investors, both institutional and individual, will find that the best way to own common stocks is through an index fund that charges minimal fees. – Warren Buffett
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby investorjunkie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:17 am

Save more than I earn. Asset allocation, and increase income.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby BBL » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:20 am

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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby nonroom » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:23 am

Diversified portfolio of low correlation assets, tax-efficient, and low cost! (maybe I cheated a little)
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby alec » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:34 am

Safety first
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Boglenaut » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:36 am

"Don't Be Clueless."

The rest is strategy and tactics.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Boglenaut » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:44 am

Boglenaut wrote:"Don't Be Clueless."

The rest is strategy and tactics.


Actually, that would work for life in general....
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby BigFoot48 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:47 am

Diversified index funds delivering market returns for my risk tolerance.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby jeff mc » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:54 am

nobody knows nuthin'; so index, low cost, steady like bogle

cheese_breath wrote:Four words ... Keep It Simple Stupid.
ps... that's six words...
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Sammy_M » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:01 am

Take only prudent risks. Control emotions. Control costs.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby sscritic » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:06 am

Here is a summary of the last seven philosophies:

DGASTOPRCE
NKNSILCSLB
DIFDMRFMRT
DBCTRISAT
SF
DPOLCATEALC
SASADSTCIW

Oh, I got confused. I thought this was the thread on using abbreviations.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby beardsworth » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:11 am

sscritic wrote:I thought this was the thread on using abbreviations.


Don't you mean ITTWTTOUA?
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby peppers » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:12 am

sscritic wrote:Here is a summary of the last seven philosophies:

DGASTOPRCE
NKNSILCSLB
DIFDMRFMRT
DBCTRISAT
SF
DPOLCATEALC
SASADSTCIW

Oh, I got confused. I thought this was the thread on using abbreviations.


Post padding :wink:
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Robert T » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:15 am

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    Set targets. Save. Structure risk exposure. Diversify globally. Minimize costs.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby 1530jesup » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:21 am

Mel Lindauer wrote:I Bonds, TIPS and VTINX.


Mel, you of all people, why not include the description of what VTINX is?

I may even own it but I never had much of a memory...
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby sscritic » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:36 am

1530jesup wrote:
Mel Lindauer wrote:I Bonds, TIPS and VTINX.


Mel, you of all people, why not include the description of what VTINX is?

I may even own it but I never had much of a memory...
be well

See, I am not the only one who thought this was the thread about abbreviations.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby Call_Me_Op » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:38 am

Make a plan and stick to it no matter what.
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby james22 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:46 am

Two: valuation matters.
Risk ≠ Reward
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Re: "Can you sum-up your investing philosophy in 10 words?"

Postby sschullo » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:54 am

englishgirl wrote:Keep costs down. Save lots. Keep everything simple. Be humble.

The humble part is the most difficult and takes years for some of us to learn, but if you make it, WOW!

Jump in, learn from your mistakes, move on.
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