Peter Lynch Quotes On Investing and Money

Peter Lynch is an American investor, mutual fund manager, and philanthropist who was born on January 19, 1944. Between 1977 and 1990, Lynch managed the Magellan Fund at Fidelity Investments, averaging an annual return of 29.2%, consistently exceeding the S&P 500 stock market index and making the fund the best-performing mutual fund in the world. Over the course of his 13-year tenure, assets under management increased from US$18 million to $14 billion. 

51 Peter Lynch Quotes

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  1. “Big companies have small moves, small companies have big moves.”
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2. “Find something you enjoy doing and give it everything you’ve got, and the money will take care of itself.”

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3. “You have to keep your priorities straight, if you plan to do well in stocks.”

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4. “The trick is not to learn to trust your gut feelings, but rather to discipline yourself to ignore them. Stand by your stocks as long as the fundamental story of the company hasn’t changed.”

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5. “Only invest what you could afford to lose without that loss having any effect on your daily life in forseable future.”

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6. “Invest in What You Know.”

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7. “When you sell in desperation, you always sell cheap.”

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8. “Consider the size of a company if you expect it to profit from a specific product.”

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9. “If you can’t find any companies that you think are attractive, put your money in the bank until you discover some.”

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10. “This is one of the keys to successful investing: focus on the companies, not on the stocks.”

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11. “You have to keep your priorities straight if you plan to do well in stocks.”

12. “Although it’s easy to forget sometimes, a share of stock is not a lottery ticket. It’s part ownership of a business.”

13. “Most individual investors would be better off in an index mutual fund.”

14. “A person who owns property and has a stake in the enterprise is likely to work harder and feel happier and do a better job than a person who doesn”

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15. “When we say this, we’re assuming you are a long-term investor who is determined to stick with stocks no matter what.”

16. “Know what you own, and know why you own it”

17. “Go for a business that any idiot can run – because sooner or later any idiot probably is going to be running it.”

18. “My method for picking stocks has never changed. When businesses go from crappy to semi crappy, there’s money to be made.”

19. “Debt is saving in reverse. The more it builds up, the worse off you are.”

20. “Time is on your side when you own shares of superior companies.”

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21. “The more cash that builds up in the treasury, the greater the pressure to piss it away.”

22. “Investing in stocks is an art, not a science, and people who’ve been trained to rigidly quantify everything have a big disadvantage.”

23. “In dieting and in stocks, it is the gut and not the head that determines the results.”

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24. “My diaries are full of such missed opportunities, but the stock market is merciful—it always gives the nincompoop a second chance.”

25. “If you can’t find any companies that you think are attractive, put your money in the bank until you discover some.”

26. “You can find good reasons to scuttle your equities in every morning paper and on every broadcast of the nightly news.”

27. “That’s not to say there’s no such thing as an overvalued market, but there’s no point worrying about it.”

28. “The natural-born investor is a myth.”

29. “My advice for the next decade: Keep on the lookout for tomorrow’s big baggers. You’re likely to find one.”

30. “ll the math you need in the stock market you get in the fourth grade.”

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31. “Charts are great for predicting the past.”

32. “Remember, things are never clear until it’s too late.”

33. “When looking at the same sky, people in mature industries see clouds where people in immature industries see pie.”

34. “In business, competition is never as healthy as total domination.”

35. “If you can follow only one bit of data, follow the earnings.”

36. “One reason bonds are so popular is that elderly people have most of the money in this country, and elderly people tend to live off interest.”

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37. “Time is on your side when you own shares of superior companies.”

38. “Long-term investing has gotten so popular, it’s easier to admit you’re a crack addict than to admit you’re a short-term investor.”

39. “Investing without research is like playing stud poker and never looking at the cards. For some reason the whole business”

40. “I can’t recall ever once having seen the name of a market timer on Forbes’ annual list of the richest people in the world. If it were truly possible to predict corrections, you’d think somebody would have made billions by doing it.”

41. “Most investors would be better off in an index fund.”

42. “Average investors can become experts in their own field and can pick winning stocks as effectively as Wall Street professionals by doing just a little research.”

43. “The secret of his success is that he never went to business school. Imagina all the lessons he never had to unlearn.”

44. “There’s no shame in losing money on a stock. Everybody does it. What is shameful is to hold on to a stock, or worse, to buy more of it when the fundamentals are deteriorating.”

45. “If you spend more than 13 minutes analyzing economic and market forecasts, you’ve wasted 10 minutes.”

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46. “Behind every stock is a company. Find out what it’s doing.”

47. “While catching up on the news is merely depressing to the citizen who has no stocks, it is a dangerous habit for the investor.”

48. “A person who owns property and has a stake in the enterprise is likely to work harder and feel happier and do a better job than a person who doesn’t.”

49. “Whenever you invest in any company, you’re looking for its market cap to rise. This can’t happen unless buyers are paying higher prices for the shares, making your investment more valuable.”

50. “In this business if you’re good, you’re right six times out of ten. You’re never going to be right nine times out of ten.”

51. “In the long run, it’s not just how much money you make that will determine your future prosperity. It’s how much of that money you put to work by saving it and investing it.”

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