I started rereading The Intelligent Investor this week and wanted to share a quote. The discussion revolved around the view at the time – this was about 1970 – that investors should consider an all-stock allocation due to the worry of higher inflation.
Of course, there’s always something to worry about and Graham’s answer fits a broader allocation question that gets asked all the time – should I own more or less of something else because of the worry of the day?
We must deal here with two different time elements in investment results. The first covers what is likely to occur over the long-term future – say, the next 25 years. The second applies to what is likely to happen to the investor – both financially and psychologically – over short or intermediate periods, say five years or less. His frame of mind, his hopes and apprehensions, his satisfaction or discontent with what he has done, above all his decisions what to do next, are all determined not in the retrospect of a lifetime of investment but rather by his experience from year to year. – Ben Graham
We’re armed with the latest and greatest data telling us the best course of action for every situation. There’s just one minor, yet very important drawback.
The best course of action is generally long term in nature and works best over decades. Yet, investors are blind to its impact from one year to the next.
Simply, you can’t expect long-term averages to occur over very short periods of time.
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