George Soros

Trader, Speculator and Hedge Fund Manager of the Quantum Fund.

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Some basic Soros' trading principles:

  • Some people spend all day talking to their brokers. Soros “prefers to talk to a select few people who can be really helpful ….” Then you need to think and read and reflect.
  • To be successful, you need leisure. You need time hanging heavily on your hands [to talk to people, read, and think].
  • If you have an investment thesis you like, run it by people who support the other side of the argument. See if you still like the thesis afterward.
  • Basically, the way Soros operates is to have a thesis and then he tests it in the market. If the market goes against his position and he feels uneasy (e.g. gets a backache), he cuts his losses.
  • What he took was basic information from various sources and kind of mulched it in his mind. Then he would come up with a thesis that most of the time was valid.
  • When Soros believed he was right … no investment position was too large. Holding back was for wimps. The worst error in Soros’ book was not being too bold.
  • The key to investing is knowing how to survive. That means at times playing conservatively, cutting losses when necessary and keeping a large portion of one’s portfolio out of play.
  • If you are doing poorly, retrench. Don’t try to recoup. And when you start again, start small.
  • To be in the game, you have to be willing to endure the pain.
  • Perhaps Soros’ most distinctive feature, the trait that explained his investment talents the best, was his ability to gain membership in a very ‘exclusive ‘ club that included the leadership of the international community…. Such encounters clearly gave Soros an advantage over other investors.
  • Invest first and then investigate … form a hypothesis, take a toehold position to test the hypothesis, and wait for the market to prove you are right or wrong.

Source: Financial World

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