Mutual funds have historically offered safety and diversification. And they spare you the responsibility of picking individual stocks.

— Ron Chernow

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There is no country in the world where it's as easy to find venture capital in the stock market as the United States.

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I'm a biographer; I can live with a little hyperbole.

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There is a kind of fear, approaching a panic, that's spreading through the Baby Boom Generation, which has suddenly discovered that it will have to provide for its own retirement.

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I don't think that a mutual fund that invests exclusively in biotech start-ups or invests exclusively in companies in Thailand offers any great safety or diversification.

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I have developed a very strong partiality for the dead: they don't talk back, they don't sue, and they don't have angry relatives.

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The securities laws of the 1930s were so important because it forced companies to file registration statements and issue prospectuses, and it remedied the imbalance of information.

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Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity.

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Hamilton had one of those extraordinary 18th-century minds that touched on virtually every major topic of the day.

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The best argument for mutual funds is that they offer safety and diversification. But they don't necessarily offer safety and diversification.

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The mutual fund industry and small investors are very relentless and very unforgiving if people don't perform.

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After 1929, so many people had been traumatized by the stock market crash that there was a lost generation.

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When news of the crash came, probably a lot of people in small towns and farms across America felt a sense of grim satisfaction that the sinners had finally been punished for their wicked ways.

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About Ron Chernow

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Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

After being Washington's aide for four years and becoming the hero of Yorktown, Hamilton was viewed with a great deal of suspicion because of his association with Tories.

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Washington once advised his adopted grandson that where there is no occasion for expressing an opinion, it is best to be silent. For there is nothing more certain than that it is at all times more easy to make enemies than friends.

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You don't want too much fear in a market, because people will be blinded to some very good buying opportunities. You don't want too much complacency because people will be blinded to some risk.

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Any bull market covers a multitude of sins, so there may be all sorts of problems with the current system that we won't see until the bear market comes.

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In the 1920s, Wall Street was a world that was really dominated by professional speculators and stock pools. These people had a monopoly over information.

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Mutual funds give people the sense that they're investing with the big boys and that they're really not at a disadvantage entering the stock market.

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As the bull market goes on, people who take great risks achieve great rewards, seemingly without punishment. It's like crime without punishment or sex without sin.

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A crash really occurs when you suddenly have a violent downturn in the market that then heralds a long bull market.

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Writing about dead white males seems to be out of favor among academics.

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Unless you devote an enormous amount of time to anticipating the future, you won't have any future.

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I'm dubious about having Social Security put into the stock market.

I think that we have gotten very far away from the idea that there's something sacrosanct about retirement investments.

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The founding fathers were not only brilliant, they were system builders and systematic thinkers. They came up with comprehensive plans and visions.

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The history of Wall Street is inseparable from New York.

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Because of the love affair between the American public and the stock market, it is possible for entrepreneurs, technological visionaries and inventors of every sort to get financing.

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I think those who invest in mutual funds want someone else to do the thinking for them. But the fact that they can move the money around the family of mutual funds just through a phone call lets them feel that they can play tycoons.

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Mutual fund managers are trapped in this rather deadly vicious circle: the more successful they are, the more money flows into their mutual fund. Then, it is more difficult for them to beat the market averages or even to match their own past performance.

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As a bull market continues, almost anything you buy goes up.

It makes you feel that investing in stocks is a very easy and safe and that you're a financial genius.

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If you go back to the time of J.P. Morgan, the world of high finance was completely wholesale. The prestigious investment banks on Wall Street appealed exclusively to large corporations, governments, and to extremely wealthy individuals.

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A lot of the money in the stock market is really our national retirement plan, for better or worse.

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Stock market corrections, although painful at the time, are actually a very healthy part of the whole mechanism, because there are always speculative excesses that develop, particularly during the long bull market.

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The richly cadenced prose is hypnotic, the research prodigious, the analysis acute, the mood spellbinding, and the cast of characters mythic in scale. I cannot conceive of a better book about Capitol Hill. An unforgettable, epic achievement in the art of biography.

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What I find very interesting about the mutual funds managers is that here are people who are the new masters of the universe. They're managing billions, yet they're subject to this quiet daily tyranny of numbers.

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We really haven't had very much experience with people funding their retirement out of the stock market, and we don't know, frankly, how it would work under every scenario.

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A prudent silence will frequently be taken for wisdom and a sentence or two cautiously thrown in will sometimes gain the palm of knowledge, while a man well informed but indiscreet and unreserved will not uncommonly talk himself out of all consideration and weight. (Alexander Hamilton's 'thesis on discretion' written to his son James shortly before his fatal duel with Burr.)

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That strategy of buy and hold, which is the sound and sensible one for the individual, can have very dangerous and perverse effects for the market as a whole.

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One of the very nice things about investing in the stock market is that you learn about all different aspects of the economy. It's your window into a very large world.

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Once the brokerage house, rather than the bank, became the locus for American savings, that money would find its way into the stock market, because the broker was someone with a much higher tolerance for risk than the banker.

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By the late 1980s people realized that houses did not always appreciate and that they could fluctuate like any other market commodity.

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The American public historically was really not part of the stock market.

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In waiting for the glorious moment of that first book contract, writers must have giant reservoirs of patience. Yet they must persevere because they don't know the destiny that is being worked out for them. They creep humbly along the ground, without the spacious aerial vision of their lives that would show them the destiny in store for them.

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One of the special characteristics of New York is that it is different from a London or a Paris because it's the financial capital, and the cultural capital, but not the political capital.

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In the 1920s you could buy stocks on margin.

You could put 10 percent down and borrow the rest against your stocks.

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Partly because his life ended before the age of 50, Hamilton was defined by the other founding fathers, and he managed, with amazing consistency, to alienate most of them.

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In the 1970s we saw a massive shift of household savings from the banks to the brokerage firms.

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The public has lost faith in the ability of Social Security and Medicare to provide for old age. They've lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance.

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The Great Inflation of the 1970s destroyed faith in paper assets, because if you held a bond, suddenly the bond was worth much less money than it was before.

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When the market is just going up, up, and up, we all tend to be blind to the holes in the market. They're all papered over by the rise.

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