Benjamin Graham spent time throughout the 1940s and 50s lecturing about things he knew nothing about. The speeches came in the disguise of a “Market Outlook.” People wanted to know what would happen next. Graham’s response was typical:
The subject assigned to me for this afternoon is one about which, precisely speaking, I know nothing.
Those were the first words out of his mouth at a lecture given in November of 1952. Then he gave them a history lesson of sorts.
He repeated that in similar fashion in other speeches too. In 1942, inflation worries were the topic du jour heading into WWII. In 1950, people wanted to know how the second half of the century would turn out. In each case, Graham offered some lessons instead.
What follows are a few of those lessons from those three speeches mentioned, mostly without comment. Continue Reading…