The Case For Contrarian Investing

There’s a lot to be said for being a contrarian investor: someone who buys stocks when other investors are scrambling to sell. It’s generally a much better way, long term, to invest, even if there can be moments when you might be racked with self doubt about how far the share market is likely to go down in such circumstances. They say of dropping markets that it’s hard to catch a falling knife, meaning to buy at the bottom of the price graph. For a start you’re going against the flow of investor opinion, but some of history’s most successful investors have done exactly that. Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, is the standard bearer of contrarian investors, having time and again bought into assets and companies that other investors overlooked or avoided. Railway companies, fast food ventures, soft drink manufacturers and other supposedly “last century” enterprises have all attracted investment from his Berkshire Hathaway business, which is named incidentally after the shirts it long ago ceased to manufacture... Article by Andrew Main, Read more: (VIEW LINK)

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