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Friday, December 6, 2013

Peter Lynch's Interview With Charlie Rose

Legendary investor Peter Lynch (formerly of Fidelity's Magellan Fund) sat down for a rare interview with Charlie Rose.  In it, he talks about philanthropy, what makes good management, and more.

Lynch notes that he's now working with some young analysts but the only investing he's doing now is for himself and for charity. 

He joked that he was a "bottom down" investor.  He likes to invest in the second or third inning of a story, noting that you could have bought Walmart (WMT) ten years after it went public and still done extremely well on that investment.

He identified the three C's in investing: complacency, concern, and capitulation.  He said complacency is the worst one.

On knowing what you're investing in: "If you don't understand it, you're probably gonna do the wrong thing."

On what's different in investing between then and now:  He said there's a lot of computer driven trading, which he says is a waste of time.  But the other main difference is the freedom of information.  He says, "Investing now is much clearer, they (retail investors) know the same things I do."

On advice he'd give to young investors: Invest in a retirement fund and watch the money compound tax free.  For individual stock investing: run a paper portfolio, check back with it and see how it performed and why.

On today's market: "I think the market's fairly priced in what's happening right now ... The stock market's the best place to be for the next 10, 20 years ... the next two years, who knows."

Embedded below is the video of Charlie Rose's interview with Peter Lynch:

For more wisdom from this great investor, be sure to read Peter Lynch's book: One Up On Wall Street as well as our past post on Lynch's principles and golden rules of investing.

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