Topic: How To Invest

What is Pat’s commentary for the week of September 12, 2023

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With our recent Spotlight Report on Canadian Tire, I opened with a quote from one of the first highly successful investors I ever had the privilege of meeting. While talking about the stock market, he casually mentioned, “I’m a rich man today because I was smart enough to buy Canadian Tire stock at $0.50, and too stupid to sell when it hit $2.00.” The quote deserves to be repeated more often, since it simplifies a key rule for successful investing: Don’t be too quick to sell a winner. Unfortunately, this rule gets broken all the time. Many investors buy a particular stock, often a junior stock, because they like a number of things about it: the business plan, the experience and achievements of the management, the outlook for the industry the company is targeting, the general economic environment, and so on. Before too long, however, other investors are likely to discover the same stock. They may like it so much that they bid…