templeton's 16 rules for investing success

Templeton’s 16 rules for investment success

Sir John Templeton is considered as one of the greatest investors of all time.  He came up with 16 rules for investing success which was published in The Christian Science Monitor all the way back in the year 1933. These rules are very relevant even today.

16 Rules for investment success

  1. Invest for maximum total real return
  2. Invest—don’t trade or speculate
  3. Remain flexible and open-minded about types of investment
  4. Buy low
  5. When buying stocks, search for bargains among quality stocks
  6. Buy value, not market trends or the economic outlook
  7. In stocks and bonds, as in much else, there is safety in numbers
  8. Do your homework or hire wise experts to help you
  9. Aggressively monitor your investments
  10. Don’t panic
  11. Learn from your mistakes
  12. Begin with a prayer
  13. Outperforming the market is a difficult task
  14. An investor who has all the answers doesn’t even understand all the questions
  15. There’s no free lunch
  16. Do not be fearful or negative too often

Additional reading:

Templeton’s 16 rules (PDF with commentary on every rule)

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