Jose de la Vega’s Investing Rules

In this week’s CWS Market Review, I used a quote from Jose de la Vega. Though he’s not well-known today, in 1688 he wrote the first important book on investing, Confusion of Confusions. In it, he outlined four basic rules on investing.

The first rule in speculation is: Never advise anyone to buy or sell shares. Where guessing correctly is a form of witchcraft, counsel cannot be put on airs.

The second rule: Accept both your profits and regrets. It is best to seize what comes to hand when it comes, and not expect that your good fortune and the favorable circumstances will last.

The third rule: Profit in the share market is goblin treasure: at one moment, it is carbuncles, the next it is coal; one moment diamonds, and the next pebbles. Sometimes, they are the tears that Aurora leaves on the sweet morning’s grass, at other times, they are just tears.

The fourth rule: He who wishes to become rich from this game must have both money and patience.

Posted by on June 7th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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