The Wisdom of great investors – Davis Advisors

David advisors have some excellent eduction material for investors on their website.

Here is the summary of one such paper they put out which comes from the master investors.

Avoid Self-Destructive Investor Behavior

Chasing the hot-performing investment category or making major tweaks to your long-term investment plan can sabotage your ability to build wealth. Instead, work closely with your financial advisor to outline your long-term goals, develop a plan to achieve them and set the expectation that you will stick with that plan when faced with difficult periods for the market.

Understand That Crises Are Inevitable

Crises are painful and difficult, but they are also an inevitable part of any long-term investor’s journey. Investors who bear this in mind may be less likely to react emotionally, more likely to stay the course, and be better positioned to benefit from the long-term growth potential of stocks.

Understand While Painful, Crisis Creates Opportunity
Low prices can increase future returns. Investors who bear this in mind are more likely to endure hard times and be there to benefit from the subsequent periods of recovery.

Don’t Attempt to Time the Market
Investors who understand that timing the market is a loser’s game will be less prone to reacting to short-term extremes in the market and more likely to adhere to their long-term investment plan.

Don’t Let Emotions Guide Your Investment Decisions
Great investors throughout history have recognized the value of making decisions that may not feel good at the time but that will bear fruit over the long term–such as investing in areas of the market that investors are avoiding and avoiding areas of the market that investors are embracing.

Recognize That Short-Term Underperformance Is Inevitable

Almost all great investment managers go through periods of underperformance. Build this expectation into your hiring decisions and also remember it when contemplating a manager change.

Disregard Short-Term Forecasts and Predictions
Don’t make decisions based on variables that are impossible to predict or control over the short term. Instead, focus your energy toward creating a diversified portfolio, developing a proper time horizon and
setting realistic return expectations.

About Adib Motiwala

Portfolio Manager at Motiwala Capital LLC
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