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  • The best thing about becoming wealthy is that it frees you to pursue the important things in life.


  • Keep in mind that risk and reward go hand in hand; however, risk tends to walk a lot faster.


  • Short-term, investments are like a beauty pageant where superficiality reigns. Long-term, investments are like marrying where quality reigns.


  • Fear and greed are what is most commonly referred to as what moves markets to extremes; however, it is probable that greed is just another form of fear, the fear that we will not prosper as much as others. In the end, only fear is what produces the extremes in markets.


  • Trying to get the government to stop expanding the money supply, in order to control inflation, would be like trying to pump Venice dry.


  • When it comes to dealing with others, it is best that our hearts be warm; however when it comes to investing, it is best that our hearts be as cold as ice.


  • Wealth has the wonderful ability to provide for our needs but not the ability to provide happiness. To achieve happiness, one must be prepared to turn loose of things in order to soar. Those that attach themselves to things will continue believing that only by having things that one will find happiness.


  • Those that prophesize about World War 3 fail to notice that it has already begun; however it is and will be fought with economic policies instead of armaments.


  • Those that present to others a shortcut to investment profits are most likely presenting a shortcut to their own profits.


  • Money no longer has time to talk because of its haste to flee.


  • For politicians, the beauty of inflation is that it moves the losses from the people who deserve them (those that risked capital) onto the people who donít have a clue as to whatís happening, such as the typical American who saves for the future by using savings accounts, CDs, bonds, and money-market funds.


  • Wise investors, during sharp market declines, should stop watching their own portfolios and start planning to buy what distressed investors are dumping.


  • When we look at any investment usually we see the beauty of it crying out for recognition. However, that which is ugly about an investment is usually far from superficial. When it comes to successful investing, the greatest gains will occur when the ugliness is superficial and the beauty is far from superficial.


  • The value of the US dollar is worth only what it can buy; and what it can buy has been, and will continue to be, less each year.


  • In investing, it is often the desire to take the least risk that produces the most certain failure.


  • Trying to learn oneís tolerance to risk can only be done in the trenches and never learned by just thinking. It is only after suffering losses that one discovers this vital knowledge.


  • All investors know about and focus on loss-risk but few consider opportunity-risk which is incurred by sitting in a money-market fund while the stocks that were wanted soar in price.


  • Governmentís willingness to incur ever larger debts is but a way to plunder the futures of the unborn.


  • Remember that in a declining market, the stock prices in our portfolios are only symbols of wealth and not wealth itself. The wealth is the ownership of companies that have excellent long-term probabilities of increasing in value, and thus eventually increasing those symbols of wealth that we call stock prices.


  • In considering what wealth is, it is most profitable to regard wealth as being tangible property, or its equivalents such as those stocks that have utility, and regard other assets, such as savings accounts, bonds, CDs, as well as many stocks, as being only symbols of wealth. In the long-term, owning symbols of wealth will prove far less profitable.


  • The longer the period of great prosperity, the greater becomes the danger of a long period of economic hardship.


  • Many make the mistake of believing that possessions can ever fill their vacuum within.


  • The U.S. dollar, as a storehouse of value, has instead become a poorhouse of value.


  • Being free without capital is like having shoes without having feet.


  • Debt functions like a feel-good narcotic during economic expansions; however like all narcotics they tend to be used in ever increasing amounts until an overdose occurs during an economic contraction: it then kills its abuser.


  • Those with an unquenchable thirst for wealth will remain impoverished no matter how wealthy.


  • If, as it is said, that responsibility is the price of freedom, then the corollary to that would be that slavery is the reward of dependency.


  • WALT HASKINS


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