On Warren Buffett’s 90th Birthday, 5 key investment lessons from world’s third richest man
Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors in the world, turns 90 on Sunday. Buffet, the world’s third richest man, has a net worth of $86 billion. The chairman and the chief executive officer of investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, was born in in Omaha, Nebraska in the United States on August 30, 1930. Buffett bought his first stock in 1941 at the age of 11. He filed his first income tax return when he was 13. He had bought a stake in a 40-acre farm in Omaha, Nebraska by the time he finished high school.
At present, Berkshire Hathaway is the fourth largest in the world, with assets worth $819.7 billion, according to Forbes. The octogenarian billionaire investor has succeeded in ways the most only dream of.
His most famous advice for investors is — “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No.1."
Here are five investment lessons from ’Oracle of Omaha’
“Never invest in a business you cannot understand."
The golden rule of Warren Buffett is that one should invest in those businesses that they understand. Buffett has always invested in sectors that he believes in. When economic condition is uncertain, stick to what you know. One should always be rational and stick to homework when researching businesses in which to invest.
“Buy a stock the way you would buy a house. Understand and like it such that you’d be content to own it in the absence of any market," he said.
If you’re not investing, you’re doing it wrong
Holding on to cash is a bad investment. One should not keep too much liquidity. Investors should always look for ways to generate returns from existing assets.
“Today people who hold cash equivalents feel comfortable. They shouldn’t. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value," Buffett said.
Stick to your long term plans
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago," Buffett said. One should always look at the long term plans while investing. Buffett’s mantra is — “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years."
As Buffett says, "Decide a business is worth investing in because it will last, not because it’s doing well right now."
Invest in yourself
The biggest investment lesson one can learn from Warren Buffett is this — “The most important investment you can make is in yourself." He is always learning and always spending time on personal development. Even at the age of 90.
“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business."
Credit cards debt:
Millennials, this is for you. Buffett has has earlier advised people to avoid using credit cards as a piggy bank.
“I don’t know how to make 18%. If I owe money with 18% interest, the first thing I would do with any money I have is to pay it (credit card due). It’s gonna be way better than any investment idea I have got," he said.
“You can’t go through life, borrowing money at those rates and be better off. So, I encourage everybody and it’s contrary to Berkshire’s interest in certain cases and in the world with love in the credit cards... I would suggest to anybody that the first thing they do in life is that they can get something else later on, but don’t be paying even 12% to anybody just pay that off…," said Buffett.