The Investment Greats in America and What They Can Teach Us

The Investment Greats in America and What They Can Teach Us

Not surprisingly, some of the most notable investors in America founded well-known investment companies. For example, John Templeton, whom in 1999 “Money” magazine called “arguably the greatest global stock picker of the century” founded Templeton Funds, best known for its international fund lineup. Thomas Rowe Price Jr., also referred to as “the father of growth investing,” established T. Rowe Price investment management firm in 1937.1

What to Take Away from the Investment Greats

Jack Bogle, who founded The Vanguard Group in 1975, originated the idea of index mutual funds to track broad stock market performance through a lower cost option for individual investors. Warren Buffett, who is still widely regarded as the world’s most successful investor, preaches a very simple investment philosophy: Buy what you know. Buffett has stuck to a strict discipline of buying companies for a low price, implementing long-term improvements and then profiting from those improvements via higher stock prices.2

Warren Buffet’s Financial Principles

Known for sharing his investment insights, Warren Buffet is a big proponent of these principles:3

  • Investing in what you know
  • Never compromising on business quality
  • Buying and holding forever
  • Not getting distracted by day-to-day financial news
  • Recognizing the difference between price and value (“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”)

While investment legend Roy R. Neuberger—who co-founded the brokerage and investment firm Neuberger Berman—encouraged people to study the great investors, he cautioned against trying to emulate their success. According to Neuberger, it is better to adopt only tactics that suit your temperament and circumstances because your needs and resources will be different from others.4 We’d like to add to that wisdom the importance of working with a financial professional who understands your needs and goals. Feel free to tap our experience for help matching your situation to proven investment vehicles and strategies.

Another investment great is Peter Lynch, the Fidelity fund manager who ran the Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990. Lynch believed in investing throughout the long term, taking only as much risk as your stomach can handle and always spending at least as much time researching stock picks as you would to buy a house, car or major appliance.5

Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.

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Robert Farrington. The College Investor. Oct. 23, 2021. “The Top 10 Investors of All Time.” Accessed Nov. 5, 2021.

Simply Safe Dividends. 2021. “Top 10 Pieces of Investment Advice from Warren Buffett.” Accessed Nov. 5, 2021.

Anupam Nagar. Economic Times. July 17, 2021. “10 principles of successful investing from the legendary Roy R. Neuberger.” Accessed Nov. 5, 2021.

Fidelity. Aug. 11, 2021. “Lessons from an investing legend.” Accessed Nov. 5, 2021.

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