Fool's Bet: Amateur Stock Investing

Author: John Honovich, Published on Nov 05, 2015

Investors in public companies, including video surveillance, have a massive information edge. This is something I have witnessed first hand talking to them over the past 7 years for various surveillance manufacturers. 

Like playing the lotto, any fool can win once in a while, but amateurs face a vast disadvantage against the pros.

In this note, I share examples of things that professional investors know and do that impressed me and show how much more sophisticated they are compared to amateurs.

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*** *** **** **** ** *** *** *** ***** ** applied ** ** *******?

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***! ******* ***** **** ***, ****. **'* * ****** ** degrees. *** **** ******* ***** ********. *** ********** ******** ***** have **** **** ******* ******.

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*** ** *** ****** ********* ***** ***** ** *** *********** above ** *** *** ** **** **** **** '****** ********' - **** **** *** ********** ***** ** ****.

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* ******'* ***** ********* ******* **** ** ********, ******* (*) GLG ** ****** ******* ***** ******** / ********* ***** '*******' and (*) *****'* ****** ** ***** *********** **** *** ** provided **** ** ********* *****. *** *******, ** ******** *** gets ******* ** **** **** *** ******** ******* *** *********** of *** *********** ** * ******, ******* *** ** *********, and *****'* ******* ******* ***** ****; **** * ***-******** *** working *** ********.

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*** ********* ***** *** *** **** ********* ******* *** ***** picking ** ***********.

  1. The *********** ********, by Ben Graham, 1949. The bible on value investing.
  2. Common ******, ******** *******, by Phil Fisher, 1960. The bible on growth investing.
  3. One ** ** **** ******, ** ***** *****, 1989. Makes the case that individual investors can outperform professionals.

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* ** *******, ******, ***** *** ********* *** **** ***** traits, *** *** *** *** *********** **** ** * ***** professional ************, **** **** ** *** ***** **** ********.

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***** ** * ****** ** ******* ***** ***** ** ****. But * ***** ********* ****** ** *** ** ******* **** others ******** **********.

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**** ****** ********* **** ****: **** ******* * ***** **** of ******** ******** *** ******** **** **** ******** ****. (***** Lynch ******.)

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* ** ******* * **** ** ** ******** ********* ***** these ****, **** *********** ******, ** **** *****-****. *** **** summarizes ** *****-**** ****** ** *********** **** *****-**** *** **** leading ** * **** ******** ***** ****. *** ****** ** taught ** *** *********** ***, *********, ********* *** ********* ****** people *** ***'* **** **** **** ********** ** ***** *****.

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