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Bill Ackman, hedge fund manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, gave a free course 101 on everything an investor needs to know about finance. The video, entitled
William Ackman: Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing in Under an Hour may be viewed below:
1. Invest in public companies 2. Understand how the company makes money 3. Invest at a reasonable price 4. Invest in a company that could last forever 5. Find a company with limited debt
Ackman’s advice is sound. He cites advantages younger investors have: by starting early with say, $10,000, with money that will not be needed for 5 to 10 years, that money can grow to six-figures. As an extreme example, Ackman reminds investors about the power of compounding. Millions may be made from the initial $10,000 over several decades, if an investor is able to avoid big losses and generated consistent returns like Buffett. Buffett generated around 20% return a year.
Coke (KO) as an example of a public company whose business is understandable. Other characteristics he looks for are businesses that:
Can grow over time
Sells products that people need
Has brand loyalty
Has a record of success
Besides financial statements and business characteristics, Ackman says that investors need the right psychology of not following the herd. Investors need to resist selling when markets fall, and buying when markets rise.
Ultimately, being financially secure to begin with is the key to successful investing. This gives investors a greater cushion, making it easier to ignore the short-term fluctuations of markets.
Business Section: Investing Ideas
Ackman’s hedge fund has a long position in the following companies: