Dean Williams: Maybe you’re “Trying Too Hard”

/Dean Williams: Maybe you’re “Trying Too Hard”

Dean Williams: Maybe you’re “Trying Too Hard”

By | 2017-08-18T17:06:59+00:00 February 28th, 2013|Value Investing Research|3 Comments

Matt Zuck, a Turnkey Analyst reader and long-time investment professional, sent a wonderful speech by Dean Williams (with notes and all!).

The speech is 30+ years old, but the best ideas are timeless!

Here is a link to the speech:

Trying Too Hard


Alpha Highlights

Do you overvalue your contribution to the eventual results?

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What’s wrong with not having a forecast? A forecast implies a possession of insight, but if you have no genuine knowledge, how can you have a forecast?


Simple is better?


Just buy cheap stuff? Oh yeah!

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Complication implies FULL OF SH&$, on average.


Ben Graham–The original Quant Value


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