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Investments Beyond Peter Lynch’s Advice

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“Invest in what you know” is Peter Lynch’s age-old advice that most beginners have taken to heart for decades. Warren Buffet has, in fact, offered up related advice, claiming that it is perilous to invest in a business that you do not fully understand. It’s a famous little principle, but let’s think about this for a minute and deconstruct Lynch’s quip. There are much more interesting alternatives out there for more seasoned investors. Do You Actually Know? Lynch told a story once about his wife. She loved a Hanes pantyhose product so much that Lynch decided to invest in Hanes stock – as a result, his investment grew into the largest portion of the fund. While these individual stories can be fun to hear, they do not tell the whole tale. What’s missing from the equation, then, is research. Lynch and Buffet, with all their sage advice, have actually done ... Read More »

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