Ten Lessons to Be Learned from the Market Decline

Sunday, October 30, 2005 | 10:45 AM

Hedge fund manager Doug Kass gives people some needed reminders:

1. Above all, do your own homework! Do not rely on television commentators, strategists, biased money managers (who are talking their book!) in your decisions. Do your own research. Use the significant resources on the Internet to accomplish this.

2. Use old-fashioned common sense! If things look too good, they probably are and will turn down. If things look too bad, they probably will turn around and improve.

3. Don't be afraid to be a contrarian -- in small doses! When everyone (and their entire family) is long a sector or is avoiding a sector (and is exceptionally glib about it), it should be a sign to go the other way.

4. Let your gains run and stop your losses! -- Don't average down.

5. Be a cynic and remain skeptical even when the good times are apparent! This especially true as it relates to government statistics.

6. Let speculation be your guide! If investors all around you are losing their heads, don't lose yours.

7. Read and reread the classic books on investing! In bull markets, the historical perspective is disregarded. But in bear markets, or volatile markets, the history lessons are invaluable as market conditions/influences are nearly always repeated.

8. When times are tough (like the present), do not press your investments and do not overtrade! Mr. Market will be back up and running tomorrow ... and the next day.

9. In uncertain times do a simple piece of homework: Reassess why you own each investment! Omega Advisors' Leon Cooperman taught me to draw a line in the middle of a page and list how you view the assets and liabilities for the markets and for each individual investment.

10. Do not forget point #1!


Ten Lessons to Be Learned in the Recent Market Decline
Doug Kass
Street Insight, 10/6/2005 7:43 AM EDT

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what are the Financials telling us? -- the S&P Financial sector is at 6 month+ Relative Strength highs

Posted by: bill | Oct 31, 2005 8:16:43 AM

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