Wall Street and Investing | Emotion rules

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is buying US stocks, he wrote in an opinion column in the New York Times. "A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful."

If you needed proof that Wall Street is ruled by emotion, look no further than Warren Buffett, one of the most successful and famous investors of our times. His statements should put all of us on notice - panics create opportunities for those with cash. Also, fear and greed drive decisions about stock "price" no necessarily sound financial practices of the companies they represent.

So read his words, and understand their meaning. If you invest in the stock market, you are investing in something that is ruled by emotion, not technology, no statistics, not accounting. You are betting that there will be someone to purchase that stock at a future time, at a higher price -- nothing more. I like the stock market and believe everyone should have some level of investment there -- I also believe most people don't have the guts to stick to their plan when things start going a south.

My advice -- stick to your original plan - don't panic, don't worry -- everything will work out.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10/18/2008

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    Recently an insurance company nearly wind up....
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    A bank is nearly bankrupt......filing chapter 11 protection.
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    How it affect you? Did you buy insurance? Did you buy mini note or bonds?
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    Who fault?
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    They bailout trouble finance company, but they will not bail out your credit card bills…….Should they have use the bail out $$ to pump into all different industries instead ……You got no choice, and no point pointing finger but you can prevent similar things from happen again……
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    Are you a partisan?
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    Since the bailout already done, the question now is besides letting the economic back on track, what regulation should be done to prevent similar things from happen again…..

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    The top management of the Public listed company ( belong to "public" ) monthly salary should be tied a portion of it to the shares price ( IPO or ave 5 years ).... so when the shares price drop, it don't just penalise the investors, but those who don't take well care of the company.....If this rule is pass on, without any need of further regulation, all industries ( as long as it is public listed ) will be self regulated......because the top management will be concern about their own pay check…… Instead of spending big money on hotel stay and luxury function……..Top management get monthly salary and director fee, while investor get dividends….
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    Whenever anywhere, anytime, there is election campaign.....We can use this to question your candidate there….. if you agree on my point, please share with many people as possible.... Finance and Media are the two only industries can shaken politics ( Maybe Hackers can ), please help to highlight also...

    Also recently some comments say that Respectable Mr Buffet had start buying, yes, he started buying with guarantee return of 10% annually….. Do we individual investor had the same offer…. If yes, I will definitely join in and buy……and the institution will definitely wouldn't short of money if they offer the same terms to the individual investors..... When ever in the history previously did Mr Buffet claimed that he bought shares.....

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    Just image, Institution lent out the shares already, in their hand, they don't have any stock or shares already, but Institution know that in the market, there are those individual investor who borrow the share going to sell the stock, so Institution naked short also, because there is no restriction on those Institution that those stock or shares that lend out, cannot be trade by the institution at that moment.

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