By the age of twelve, Warren had saved $120. In the spring of 1942, he enlisted his sister Doris as a partner and purchased three shares of Cities Service Preferred. The stock plunged from $38.25 to $27. When the stock recovered to $40, Warren sold, netting a $5 profit for the two siblings. He was, however, shocked to see the stock then continue to rise until it hit $202 per share a short period of time later. Warren realized that if he had held off selling a little bit longer, he and his sister would have netted a profit of almost $500.
In August 2011, I wrote my first financial piece online. Even though I’ve been at it for three years, that has not been enough time to cover a full business cycle. Really, since 2009, the stock market and the economy has been moving in the same direction: up.
That leads to all sorts of distorted impressions, complicated by the fact that the constant updates about stocks (which we can sell at a click of a button!) that make it easy for us to rent company ownership positions on a yearly, monthly, or even weekly/daily basis without actually applying anything resembling a long-term framework.