A Great Piece of Advice From Seth Klarman’s Margin Of Safety

In Seth Klarman’s book Margin of Safety, which has become a cult classic due to its excellent wisdom and the fact that Klarman ran a limited edition 5,000 copy print of the book (which regularly sells on Ebay, Amazon, and other sites for north of $1,000), the legendary value investor says:

“The single most crucial factor in trading is developing the appropriate reaction to price fluctuations. Investors must learn to resist fear, the tendency to panic when prices are falling, and greed, the tendency to become overly enthusiastic when prices are rising. One half of trading involves learning how to buy. In my view, investors should usually refrain from purchasing a ‘full position’ (the maximum dollar commitment they intend to make) in a given security all at once. Those who fail to heed this advice may be compelled to watch a subsequent price decline helplessly, with no buying power

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