One of the best articles that I’ve read in 2018 was a Bloomberg piece I opened while commuting in the subway on a rainy weekday. Kit Chellel’s ‘The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code’ was simply breath-taking. It chronicles the life of Mr Bill Benter, a swashbuckling horse-racing gambler born in Pittsburgh in the United … Continue reading This Horse-racing gambler earned almost a billion – here’s what he can teach us
In an astutely written article titled 'The Expert Generalist - Why the Future Belongs to Polymaths', Zat Rana made a case for how the well-read and multi-disciplined generalist will outperform master specialists in an evolving world that is increasingly run by machines and artificial narrow intelligence. Rana emphasised that some of history's greatest contributors like Aristotle and … Continue reading Reading about Adaptive Systems, Biology & Power Laws may improve your investing
When I first started dabbling in the financial markets years ago, it wasn't a pleasant experience. I made money at first but eventually lost it all, and losing one's hard-earned savings was a heart-wrenching experience. It made me doubt if I could ever become a successful investor (I know it sounds naive). While I saw … Continue reading These are the things I wish I knew before I started investing
Billionaire investor Howard Marks is one of those rare people whose words pack a rare combination of wisdom and elegant common sense. When he speaks, both Wall Street and Main Street listens. He is most well-known for his letters to his clients, affectionately known as the 'Oaktree Memos', which have been compiled into a book … Continue reading Want to become a successful investor? Howard Marks explains how!
While I was serving my term of mandatory military service in the Singapore Armed Forces, I read a piece of classical Western literature that was breathtaking in its scope and entirety. 'The Odyssey' from the Greek poet Homer captivated my imagination of a world of brave warriors, spectacular battles, treacherous seas, and perilous journeys across … Continue reading Homer’s Odyssey: a Lesson for Investors!
Legendary investor Jim Rogers is back with his sixth book: “Street Smarts – Adventures on the Road and in the Markets”! Published in the spring of 2013, this book is a recollection and a self-styled memoir of Rogers’ own life, investment experiences and his observations from his many travels around the globe. While there were … Continue reading Insights From “Street Smarts – Adventures on the Road & in the Markets”
In his autobiography: "So Far, So Good", veteran investor Roy Neuberger, founder of well-known investment firm Neuberger Berman recalled the events of his life and shared insights on business as well as investing. Neuberger reminiscences the days of his youth, from his wanderlust in France to his love for fine art, which led him to develop his lifelong … Continue reading Neuberger’s Principles for Successful Investing!
Investment strategist and author James Montier has something to say to investors: you may be your own enemy! In his book 'The Little Book of Behavioral Investing', Montier talks about behavioural finance and highlights psychological pitfalls that we tend to make on our investment journey. Here are 4 biases that hinder us from being successful investors: … Continue reading 4 Biases that hinder us from investing successfully!