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Asked by Kenneth Lou

Asked on 16 Sep 2019

What would you say set the best investors apart from other average or poor investors?

Is it their mentality? And what about their mentality or knowledge?


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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh, Director at Seniorcare.com.sg
Level 8. Wizard
Updated on 18 Sep 2019

Patience and Timing are what good investors really need.

It's not about timing the marketing, it's about time in the market.

And the best investors?



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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh

18 Sep 2019

Thank You!
Charmaine Lim Xiaomei
Charmaine Lim Xiaomei

26 Sep 2019

I totally agree!

The best investors learn and adapt as investing conditions change.

They also seek to understand the element of luck in their successes.

Let me end with this quote from Benjamin graham

One] is that one lucky break or one supremely shrewd decision — can we tell them apart? — may count for more than a lifetime of journeyman efforts.


Albert Tan
Albert Tan, Fin Lit Trainer at MoneyOwl
Level 4. Prodigy
Updated on 04 Dec 2019

Agreed with Cedric on time in the market rather than timing the market

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Kenneth Lou
Kenneth Lou

26 Sep 2019

I totally agree :)
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Takingstock @
Level 6. Master
Updated on 26 Sep 2019

Imho... It's probably mostly to do with mentality/attitude, as with most things... Including their own business/career track.

Knowledge can be learnt/acquired.

Time in the market, learning to control emotions and greed, that is all learnt too. So that accounts for some part of the success, but it isn't something that others can't pick up.

The real grut is being accountable to yourself, facing up to your own mistakes, learning from the mistakes and figuring out what works and what doesn't. Over time, the "system" gets refined, and the returns just get better...

Eg we learn that fees eat into returns, so we learn to be more conscious at looking at them. We learn how to read financials and just avoid investments that have "low value".

On the flip side, the not so good investors / REITs managers would tend more often to

  • buy/sell on hearsay without doing homework.

  • blame everything other than themselves when they lose money. It's never their fault.

  • not willing to face up to the outcome and then taking actions. Surely everyone gets an investment wrong once in a while or lost to the irrational side, but the better ones do self-reflection, admit the loss, cut loss, take action and move on to "regain lost ground".

The good REITs managers look at their own KPIs, know when to step in take action to manage rentals, and improve the business results. The better results are an outcome of their business management.

Using math as an example, if you wanted to get A1, but your past results have been a C... You could blame your teacher, your mother, the question setter... But what's concrete to improving your results is an understanding, revision, doing ten-year series. If you realize your talents aren't in math, maybe you take that as learning to look at other fields where you actually excel. It's making progress from your actions that matter the most.


Jerry Tay
Jerry Tay
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 25 Sep 2019

The best investors are not swayed by the market movements or the news, whereas an average investor would panic when the market drops. Good investors know the best opportunity lie when the markets are bad because good companies will be undervalued. Their analysis and decisions are not determined by emotions if they have a proper system to stick to. A new investor would be too fearful to invest anything when the markets are bad. That is what differentiates a good and bad one.