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Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market

February 4, 2016 | Read Now

Throughout the past 30 days of wild volatility, here’s what I didn’t do. Panic. Worry. Sell. In fact, the best I did was add to a couple of positions yesterday. The world was already in an uncertain state for the past 3+ years. It’s just that with the market rising, we pushed the issue to the […]


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Why 2016 Could Be a Bad Year For the Markets

December 28, 2015 | Read Now

(This is a guest post by Peter George Psaras, CEO of Conservative Equity Investment Advisors. The author’s views are entirely his or her own and may not always reflect the views of Old School Value.) What You’ll Learn Why the markets are overvalued What the Buffett Indicator is telling us is that stocks are insanely overvalued […]


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Top 10 Excuses Investors Make and How to Overcome Them

December 22, 2015 | Read Now

What You’ll Learn 10 common excuses for why people don’t invest or don’t try harder Advice on how to overcome these excuses Additional resources and links 2015 has been the first “tough” year in over 5 years. The pain of the great recession is so… yesterday. Therein lies the problem. 5% drops have become unbearable […]


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5 Successful Qualities of Buffett, Graham, Munger and How to Acquire Them

October 21, 2015 | Read Now

Successful investors are not the smartest people on earth. Remember, it was Warren Buffett who said that; You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ. However, there are certain characteristics that you need to have in order […]


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10 Investing Principles Every Value Investor Should Live By

September 29, 2015 | Read Now

Are you satisfied with your investing acumen? I don’t know too many people who answers yes to that question. What I do know is that in order to improve quickly, the best way is learn from others. Books are my favorite resources. Next is to examine the mistakes and lessons learned by people who have […]


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5 Super Reads to Help You Calmly Navigate Choppy Markets

September 13, 2015 | Read Now

It’s been a while. About 3 years since we’ve had any sort of market correction. Is it over? Who knows? And because it’s been so long, you’ve probably forgotten how it feels to see your portfolio drop 10%. I have. So whenever markets get choppy with uncertainty or I feel like I’m falling into a worrying […]


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10 Simple Ways to Invest and Grow $5

September 10, 2015 | Read Now

I have $5. What do I need to do to invest and grow it? That’s a question I came across on Reddit and Quora, and it’s not as stupid as it sounds. It reminded me of the book I read called What I wish I knew when I was 20 which provided examples of what a Standford entrepreneurship […]


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5 Advantages You Hold Over Professional Investors

August 10, 2015 | Read Now

“Don’t bother. The professionals are better than you and they know something you don’t.” Really? There’s some truth to that, but there’s plenty of lies mixed in that short statement too. And it’s easy to dismiss yourself or come up with excuses for why you can’t do it. Here are five to get things started. […]


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The Investor Trait and How Buffett Would Find, Analyze and Value Stocks

July 27, 2015 | Read Now

I definitely have lazy areas. When it’s cold and raining, I don’t want to take my dogs out to the park where they’ll get wet and muddy and I end up having to bathe them. Being in Seattle, it’s a huge hassle during the winter months where it drizzles constantly. So I have a lazy man’s […]


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Are You Playing Defense in This Market?

July 22, 2015 | Read Now

Ouch. That’s how I felt in 2008 when my portfolio was down 28.6%. The S&P was down 37% that year but I certainly didn’t care about having beaten the market. I’m supposed to be indifferent to how the market is doing and to take a long term focus. After all, that’s what I tell people […]


What I Learned Being a Janitor and How Cleaning Toilets Helped Me to Be a Better Investor

July 13, 2015 | Read Now

My dad was in IT back when mainframes and the internet was hot in the late 90’s. But he got sick of the 9-6 lifestyle and quit his full time position and decided to work as a temp IT specialist and hopped from one short term (1-2 year) contract to another. It was great during […]


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15 Thoughts from Grandmaster Ben Graham on How You Should Select Stocks

July 6, 2015 | Read Now

“What stock should I buy?” That’s a question I receive often when friends find out that I run an investment site. “Don’t know. What are your requirements for buying?” I ask. The conversation pretty much ends there because most people don’t know what they should be looking for. If I then rephrase the same question to a […]