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November 11, 2008


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Looking forward to reading your posts

"You cannot teach anybody anything. You can only help them discover it
within themselves." ~~ Galileo (1564 - 1642)

I consider Dr Zeuss a great philosopher

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.”

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks, Andrew...

I agree with your sentiments on learning and education, which is why philosophical learning works so well.

Asking questions is much more illuminating and revealing for educational purposes than providing answers, which why I lean more toward the Socratic Method than the Rote Method of learning.

I also share your affection for Dr. Seuss!

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." ~ Oscar Wilde

Justin @ FixThePig

There is no doubt that we need to get back to the basics. There has been way to much greed over the past 5 years and now it's time to make sound investments again!

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher


I agree; however greed will manifest itself into a new form once this cycle of greed ends.

Since we cannot control herd behavior, we should focus on our own, which would hopefully prevent any engagement with the extremes of greed in the next cycle.

Once again, the featured quote from Lau Tzu is a reminder that we should always try to stay on the main road and not stray from it. This is true in a life perspective as well as an investment perspective...

Thanks for the comment! I also enjoyed visiting your blog...



Jeremy Day

Hi Kent,

This is another great post. My question is what do you think of buying individual stocks that pay dividends such as coca-cola? They seem like a good solid investment right now.


jesse mendez

Hi how are you? I was looking through your blog and found it very interesting to me. As an artist here in Southern California I appreciate a variety of artistic expression.

Having said all that I would like to invite you to become friendly with me here in my San Diego blog, and comment.

You may also see that many of my labels are unique in artistic expression and always at least a music video and other aspects.

I hope you will stop by,
take care

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher


I'm not a fan of individual stocks, primarily because I believe the proper diversification requires at least 20 holdings. If an investor is committed to doing the "homework" in selecting and monitoring the stocks, then buying individual equities can make sense.

Essentially, if the investor understands them self, they understand the investment and the given investment suits their objective, then it's difficult to argue with that logic...

Thanks for the comment...

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher


Thanks for your kind words. I share your appreciation for artistic expression.

In essence, everything contains an element of art and every person is an "artist" to some degree...

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~ Pablo Picasso



Nice to read your articles. Mostly,
I believe that the stock markets are driven by sentiments and insider trading. In spite of having the best brains in the management Why many banks and institutions landed in bankruptcy crying for governments help?.


Great post and agree with most of your points. From my perspective and recent post on this topic, cash or a broad based ETF is the best place to have your money in now and to make tactical investments throughout 2009.

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