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Posted: 8 September 2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Research

I often get asked at the investing courses I do, for some sources - what should people read as they tackle the market landscape?

 

(the courses are Advanced fundamentals - financial statements course. Stuart Thompson

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For people who have attended the Standard OST course by Stuart Thompson on Company financials and announcements. You can have a rolling online tutorial on the course - clarify or challenge as you like! ,  and
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Group for people who have attended the Standard OST weekday evening course "Introduction to Fundamentals - Share Selection" This group can act as a rolling online tutorial on the course - ask your questions, clarify stuff or challenge as you like! )

 

 

 

While of course many are looking for easy, silver-bullet stuff, they would find my response frustrating. Regular punts include Ben Graham & Franco Busetti , but I also steer folk at more enduring works such as Sun Tzu's "Art of War", Edward Gibbon's "Decline & Fall" and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. This last gets me a few funny looks, afte all what would a Roman emperor be able to write (in Greek, nogal) that could help a modern investor?  ( Aurelius'  Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration. per Wikipedia)

 

As you can see, the essence of the work, which is available free to people with tablets, is well placed to help with the equanimity needed to invest amid the oscillating madnesses of crowds. And recently it was with some satisfaction that I saw the very work getting an honourable mention nearby in the iMaverick - see http://dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2011-08-26-things-the-roman-emperor-taught-us-about-roller-coaster-rides 

 

Cheers

Stuart

 

 

 


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