John Templeton – a great investor teaches today’s investors so much

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We can all learn a great deal from the principles and the experiences of people who turned out to be terrific investors. The gems of insight they offer us can make the difference between our investment choices being mediocre or being exceptional.  John Templeton was one of the best, outperforming over a seven-decade career. His ideas are well worth revisiting.


From the foundation of the Templeton Growth Fund in 1954 until he withdrew from active management of that particular fund in 1992 he turned a typical $10,000 placed in it at the start into $2,000,000, an average annual return of 14.5%.  If the same sum of money had been invested in US domestic shares over that period it would have grown to just over $550,000, an annual average of 10.85%.

You can learn a great deal from Templeton, including:

  • The importance of understanding securities markets beyond the confines of one nation. There may be years, even decades when your domestic market is over-valued and it makes sense to find undervalued shares amongst the other 90%-plus companies listed abroad.
  • How to take the long view on your holdings
  • To be smarter than other analysts and to be prepared to go against the crowd
  • The importance of social, economic, and political awareness
  • Guiding principles for work and life

Sir John (he was knighted in 1987) was a man of q………………To read more subscribe to my premium newsletter Deep Value Shares – click here

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