Posts filed under “Rules”

Jason Zweig’s Rules for Investing

Coming up this week for our Masters in Business podcast, I am sitting down for a conversation with Jason Zweig.

One of my favorite books of his is Your Money & Your Brain. Buried within its appendix is a great list of common sense rules that are commonly ignored. Perhaps I can find a few questions here to go over this with him.


Jason Zweig’s Rules for Investing

1. Take the Global View: Use a spreadsheet to track your total net worth — not day-to-day price fluctuations.

2. Hope for the best, but expect the worst: Brace for disaster via diversification and learning market history. Expect good investments to do poorly from time to time. Don’t allow temporary under-performance or disaster to cause you to panic.

3. Investigate, then invest: Study companies’ financial statement, mutual funds’ prospectus, and advisors’ background. Do your homework!

4. Never say always: Never put more than 10% of your net worth into any one investment.

5. Know what you don’t know: Don’t believe you know everything. Look across different time periods; ask what might make an investment go down.

6. The past is not prologue: Investors buy low sell high! They don’t buy something merely because it is trending higher.

7. Weigh what they say: Ask any forecaster for their complete track record of predictions. Before deploying a strategy, gather objective evidence of its performance.

8. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is: High Return + Low Risk + Short Time = Fraud.

9. Costs are killers: Trading costs can equal 1%; Mutual fund fees are another 1-2%; If middlemen take 3-5% of your cash, its a huge drag on returns.

10. Eggs go splat: Never put all your eggs in one basket; diversify across U.S., Foreign stocks, bonds and cash. Never fill your 401(k) with employee company stock.


Great stuff!

Category: Books, Investing, Psychology, Rules

Top 10 Trump Rules

1. Money changes everything. If Donald Trump were poor, he’d have no traction. He gets attention, and in many cases a pass, because he’s a billionaire. That’s the nation we live in, one in which the rich have the power and the poor believe the loaded are better than they are. Or, that they too…Read More

Category: Politics, Rules, Think Tank

New Rules

1. You’re a musician, not a recording artist. It’s 2015 and not only have recording revenues declined, the whole world of music has gone topsy-turvy. Yes, there are a few superstars who base their careers on successful recordings, but everybody else is now a player, destined to a life on stage. This ain’t gonna change,…Read More

Category: Music, Rules, Think Tank, Weekend

Arthur Zeikel’s Investing Rules

Arthur Zeikel, president of Merrill Lynch Asset Management, sent his daughter a letter teaching her some investing basics. Enjoy! Personal portfolio management is not a competitive sport. It is, instead, an important individualized effort to achieve some predetermined financial goal by balancing one’s risk-tolerance level with the desire to enhance capital wealth. Good investment management practices…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Rules

The Ten Harsh Financial Commandments

Mike Batnick is the head of research for RWM; His tumblr is an outstanding assortment of real time analysis, data and perspectives. This was one of my favorite pieces of his:   The Ten Harsh Financial Commandments I) You will not buy low or sell high. II) You will cut your winners and let your losers…Read More

Category: Humor, Investing, Rules

Paul Tudor Jones: 13 Insights

I love this collection of Paul Tudor Jones insights and rules by way of Ivanhoff Capital:   13 Insights From Paul Tudor Jones 1. Markets have consistently experienced “100-year events” every five years. While I spend a significant amount of my time on analytics and collecting fundamental information, at the end of the day, I am…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Rules

Bad Habits of Unprofitable Traders

Steve Burns posted a nice list of rules for traders. It is a worthy addition to our prior lists of rules (most recently, here; all previous rules here)   10 Bad Habits of Unprofitable Traders 1. They trade too much. 2. Unprofitable traders tend to be trend fighters, always wanting to try to call tops…Read More

Category: Rules, Trading

Investing/Trading Rules, Aphorisms & Books (Summer 2014)

A few years ago, I started pulling together my favorite Trading Rules & Aphorisms. It turned out to be a popular post, and so we added “Rules” as a new category. Since then, I have taken to updating this sporadically (see this).

We are overdue for an update.  What follows are the smartest and most insightful perspectives from traders, analysts, economists and investors on what to do — and what not to do — when it comes to markets that have been previously published on TBP.

Here is the latest update:

Trading & Investing Rules, Aphorisms & Books

Jeremy Grantham: Investment Lessons Learned Over 47 Years (Mistakes Were Made)

Sir John Templeton 16 Rules For Investment Success

Bernard Baruch: 10 Rules of Investing

10 Lessons from 1987 Market Crash

Livermores Seven Trading Lessons

Bob Farrell’s 10 Rules for Investing

James Montier’s Seven Immutable Laws of Investing

Byron Wien’s 20 Rules of Investing & Life

Richard Rhodes’ 12 Trading Rules

John Murphy’s Ten Laws of Technical Trading

Six Rules of Michael Steinhardt

Warren Buffett Favorite Investing Quotes

Nassim Taleb’s 5 Rules of Volatility

Morgan Housel’s 9 Financial Rules

David Merkel: The Eight Rules of My Investing

Art Huprich’s Market Truisms and Axioms


Rosie’s Rules to Remember

Louis Ehrenkrantz’ 7 Golden Rules for Investing

In Defense of the “Old Always” (Montier)

Lessons from Merrill Lynch

Gerald Loeb’s Market Wisdom

Lessons Learned from 37 Years of Futures Trading

Richard Russell’s The Power of Compounding

Doug Kass: 10 Laws of Stock Market Bubbles

The golden rules of investing (India)

25 Common Sense Money Tips

Dan Bunting’s Laws of Investing

Cassandra’s (Not so) Golden Rules About Investing (& Not Investing)

These are more general rules, not necessarily about investing:

50 Cognitive Distortions

Todd Harrison’s 12 Cognitive Biases That Endanger Investors

Lefsetz’s Business Rules

If you have any suggestions for any good lists of rules I may have missed, please link to them in comments. If they are worthy, they will get added to the list.

My own trading rules and favorite Trading Books are after the jump

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Category: Investing, Rules, Trading

Game Theory for Bulls & Bears

“Capitulation” is the term used to define a selling climax that often marks the bottom of a bear market. It translates into “surrender” — giving in to the overwhelming need to just make the pain stop. Retail brokers tell tales of individuals bailing out, often saying things like, “Just sell, get me out, please make…Read More

Category: Cycles, Investing, Psychology, Rules, Trading

Lefsetz’s Business Rules

1. You’ve got to get along. If you don’t have good people skills, you’ll never succeed, even if you run your own business. 2. Money talks. He who has cash has leverage, and someone always has more than you do. There’s rarely a deal between equals. 3. Leverage is not always about money. I.e. if…Read More

Category: Finance, Rules