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I was exchanging thoughts with an investor friend about other seasoned investors. These are investors with many decades of experience. They’ve typically been through multiple cycles and navigated them successfully.
My friend said he doesn’t believe in reading about the thoughts of seasoned investors. He wants to know what action they’re taking and what their strategies are—not principles or concepts. Because they don’t share their current actions or strategies, he doesn’t read any of their writings; to him, they’re not interesting or insightful.
I disagree with my friend. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect an investor to share his strategies or real-time investments. Doing so would likely mean more capital being deployed into those investments, which would raise prices and reduce returns. Why would anyone want that?
I also think there’s value in understanding the frameworks other people use to inform their actions. How they view and think about the world may be different and worth considering, even if you disagree with it. Lastly, there’s something to be said for the wisdom accumulated during decades of success. It’s taken these people a long time to figure out some of their insights. Even if you don’t agree, it’s worth listening them—it might take you decades to reach the same conclusion on your own.
I may disagree with elder investors’ views, but I actively seek out material in which they share their insights because I have respect for the wisdom they’ve accumulated over their successful careers. The wisdom might not be valuable at the moment, but it could be priceless at some point.