Warren Buffett, one of the world's most successful investors, turns 90 on Sunday. Buffett, the third richest man in the world, has a net worth of $ 86 billion. The chairman and CEO of investment firm Berkshire Hathaway were born in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, on August 30, 1930. Buffett bought his first shares in 1941 at the age of 11. When he was thirteen, he bought a stake in a 40-acre farm in Omaha, Nebraska when he finished high school.
Berkshire Hathaway is currently the fourth largest in the world, with assets valued at $ 819.7 billion, according to Forbes. The billionaire investor of the 1980s has succeeded in ways the most only dream of.
His best-known advice to 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 that you cannot understand."
Warren Buffett's golden rule is that you should invest in those businesses you understand. Buffett has always invested in industries he believes in. When the financial situation is uncertain, stick to what you know. You should always be rational and do your homework when looking for a business to invest in.
"Buy stocks the same way you buy a house. Understand and love them so that you are satisfied with owning in the absence of any market."
If you’re not investing, you’re doing it wrong
Holding on to cash is a bad investment. One should not have a large amount of liquidity. Investors should always look for ways to generate returns from existing assets.
"Today people who have cash equivalents feel comfortable. They shouldn't. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, which is an asset that pays next to nothing and is certain to depreciate in value," Buffett said.
Stick to your long term plans
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago," Buffett said. One should always look at long term plans when investing. Buffett's mantra is: "Just buy something that you will be completely happy to carry if the market shut down for 10 years."
As Buffett says, "Decide a business is worth investing in because it was going to last, not because it is doing well right now."
Invest in yourself
The biggest investment lesson one can learn from Warren Buffett is: "The most important investment you can make is in yourself." He is always learning and always dedicates time to personal development even in his 90s.
"I insist on spending a lot of time, almost every day, just sitting and thinking. This is not uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulsive decisions than most people in the business."
Credit card debt:
Millennials, this is for you. Buffett previously advised people to avoid using credit cards like a piggy bank.
"I do not know how to earn 18%. If I owe money at 18% interest, the first thing I will do with the money I have is to pay it (you must pay the credit card). It’s gonna be way better than any investment idea I have got," he said.
"You can't live your life, borrow money at these rates, and be in a better position. So I encourage everyone and this is contrary to Berkshire's concern in certain situations and in the world for love on credit cards. ... I would suggest to anyone that the first thing they do in life is ... that they could get something else later, but not even pay 12% to anyone who pays that ... ”Buffett said.
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