Quotes by Kenneth Fisher

The stock market is a discounter of all known information.
- Kenneth Fisher
China's stock market is inextricably tied to politics.
- Kenneth Fisher
In a bubble, anyone who argues pessimistically is seen as crazy.
- Kenneth Fisher
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Over rolling long periods, U.S. and non-U.S. stocks tend to equalize.
- Kenneth Fisher
The world is filled with successful small businesses that stay small.
- Kenneth Fisher
Having different types of stocks in your portfolio can enhance returns.
- Kenneth Fisher
Originally, I thought Republican. Now I'm an equal opportunity politician-hater.
- Kenneth Fisher
I've done well over time but made lots of mistakes, too. Learn from your mistakes.
- Kenneth Fisher
Readers regularly ask what can go wrong but almost never what could positively surprise.
- Kenneth Fisher
A constant in my approach to investing: You should think politically but unconventionally.
- Kenneth Fisher
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Despite its many critics, hydraulic fracturing will change the nature of energy production.
- Kenneth Fisher
Both cheap value stocks and more glamorous growth stocks can work well in a portfolio - if done right.
- Kenneth Fisher
Global stocks bottomed in June 1921, but global economies didn't hit bottom for fully two more years.
- Kenneth Fisher
The average mutual fund holding period for equity or fixed income is only about three years. It's too short.
- Kenneth Fisher
Buy into good, well-researched companies and then wait. Let's call it a sit-on-your-hands investment strategy.
- Kenneth Fisher
Many follow a rule of thumb - no more than 5% in one stock. But that's not the entrepreneurial road to riches.
- Kenneth Fisher
When the economies of emerging markets don't just grow but beat expectations, there's scarcely a mention.
- Kenneth Fisher
I can find only one bull market, in 1935, that didn't have some material indigestion within its first 12 months.
- Kenneth Fisher
If you've taken Econ 101, you know that the quantity of money rises only when the banking system makes a net loan.
- Kenneth Fisher
The more you talk about investing problems, the worse you feel. Instead of complaining, it's better to do something.
- Kenneth Fisher
Normally, the market peaks before bad news emerges. That's what happened in 1929, and that's what happened in 2000.
- Kenneth Fisher
You may have seen my firm's ads screaming, 'I Hate Annuities.' Folks ask why we run them. Simple: Because I do.
- Kenneth Fisher
What is the most common investor mistake? Trading - getting in and getting out at all the wrong times, for all the wrong reasons.
- Kenneth Fisher
All equity categories, correctly calculated, create near-identical lifelong returns. They just get there via wildly differing paths.
- Kenneth Fisher
Fundamentally cheap stocks are often held in low regard by market participants. Something may be tainting their perception in investors' minds.
- Kenneth Fisher
When I was a young man in the 1970s, tech firms were scattered across the developed world. Since then, America has come to dominate tech almost totally.
- Kenneth Fisher
Fracking opens up vast tracts of the U.S. to exploitation by gas drillers. There's enough energy under our feet to last us for decades, maybe centuries.
- Kenneth Fisher
If some stock categories get too hot-and-pricey, mass supply is created via stock offerings to tap that cheap money - and, when overdone, drives it all down.
- Kenneth Fisher
The bubble, as investing phenomenon, has been well studied ever since the 17th-century tulip bulb frenzy. Its counterpart in bear markets is not well understood.
- Kenneth Fisher
Most investors give too much credence to the theory that prices are rational; they presume that a market collapse must have been justified by serious economic trouble.
- Kenneth Fisher
Windmills and solar cells are carbon-free sources of electricity. But they are costly. If you've been investing in those, give it up. That game is effectively over.
- Kenneth Fisher
My firm has 25,000 high-net-worth clients. A typical account would be that of a couple aged 65 and 60 who need their money to last the rest of their lives, 25 to 35 years.
- Kenneth Fisher
I never liked quantitative easing. It's misunderstood by almost everybody. Flattening the yield curve is not stimulative; flattening the yield curve is anti-stimulative.
- Kenneth Fisher
If you are prepared for some risk, junk bonds pay about 5%, but they tend to get whacked when interest rates rise. Same with lower-yielding but higher-quality corporate bonds.
- Kenneth Fisher
Investors covet past improvements but also always believe pricing unimaginable future creativity and efficiency gains is Pollyannaish. And they're always wrong. Bet on it.
- Kenneth Fisher
In the early days, I promoted the idea of spending time in libraries to gain facts that other investors didn't have. Not many people did that kind of research, so it worked.
- Kenneth Fisher
In history, the evidence is overwhelming: Stock market bottoms happen, and then stocks jolt upwards while the economy keeps getting worse - sometimes by a lot and for a long time.
- Kenneth Fisher
My father, Philip Fisher, was the toughest guy I ever knew. An example: He had terrible teeth, yet he got his fillings done without ever using a painkiller. Now, that's tough!
- Kenneth Fisher
To me 'The Big Easy' is shorthand for owning big stocks that are easy for wary investors to buy into. These stocks tend to outperform during the back half of bull markets.
- Kenneth Fisher
Indeed, bull markets are fueled by successive waves of prior skeptics finally capitulating as their fears fade. Eventually, fear turns to euphoria, and that's the stuff of bubbles.
- Kenneth Fisher
The latter part of bull markets are typically led by stocks that are seen then as high quality, but the ones that do best are the ones that weren't seen as such high quality before.
- Kenneth Fisher
The upward move at the beginning of a bull market is almost always huge compared with the vacillations late in the bear market. If you try to pick a bottom, you will miss a good part of the action.
- Kenneth Fisher
Plenty of funds have fine long-term returns despite being tax-inefficient and generally costly. But a dirty secret is this: Average, no-load fund investors do much worse than the funds - or the market.
- Kenneth Fisher
Buying only what you know can end in disaster. Just think about Enron's employees and business partners, the 'locals' who bought lots of its stock because they thought they were in the know.
- Kenneth Fisher
One component of the leading economic indicators is the yield curve. Bond investors keep a close eye on this, as it illustrates the spread or difference between long-term interest rates and short-term ones.
- Kenneth Fisher
If you're 35, 45, or even 55 - you have a very long time horizon - 40 years or vastly more. That is you, and/or your spouse, are likely to live about that long, and you'll be investing the whole way.
- Kenneth Fisher
Long before folks fretted the demise of 'quantitative easing,' I fretted its existence. It proved the reverse of its image, an antistimulus, and we've done okay not because of it, but despite it.
- Kenneth Fisher
China frequently confounds stock market prognosticators because it has a penchant for straying markedly from other broad global indexes year-by-year over the decades - even from emerging markets. It's hit or miss.
- Kenneth Fisher
I've long loved emerging markets airlines because they usually sell at bargain prices. The troubled history of developed market airlines unfairly taints these stocks. In the emerging world, they're growth stocks.
- Kenneth Fisher
Generally, variations in earnings aren't nearly as impactful on glamour growth stocks as are changes in image and, well, sexiness. I often think of glamour stocks as though they are attractive women dressing to the nines.
- Kenneth Fisher
In the world I've known most of my life, old stories quickly lose their power over capital markets and get replaced by new surprises. That which everyone fixates on gets priced into the stock market quickly and can't drag on.
- Kenneth Fisher
Normally, if you have a huge category that leads a bear market all the way down to the bottom - like tech after 2000, or energy in the '80-'82 bear market - you get one quick pop, and then years of lag as we fight the old war.
- Kenneth Fisher
People do dollar cost averaging because they have regret of making one big mistake. But the fact of the matter is that, mathematically, the market rises more of the time than it falls. It falls, but it rises more of the time than it falls.
- Kenneth Fisher
Back in the '60s and '70s, data were scarce, and while analysts knew that companies with fat gross margins lagged those with thin gross margins early in bull markets - and overachieved in the later phases - they couldn't do much about it.
- Kenneth Fisher
Anyone can see how if a feared tax hike doesn't happen, that's a positive factor. But even if tax hikes happen as feared, vast history tells me it doesn't have to have the big bad impact folks fear. And fear of a false factor is always bullish.
- Kenneth Fisher
I'm sometimes accused of being hostile to mutual funds. That's not fair, really. There is a place for them. Still, I am hostile to one thing, which is trying to use funds to time your way in and out of the market. That's a recipe for very bad results.
- Kenneth Fisher
Italians have always had a high savings rate. They love putting their money into their own government bonds - even more than in houses, stocks and gold. The higher rates climb, the happier they are to invest. So if austerity plans drive rates up, it's music to Italian ears.
- Kenneth Fisher
Hundreds of investors ask me questions each year about the dilemmas they confront. Their worst problem? Uncertainty. They are traumatized and become emotional or confused to the state of inaction. Even worse, they try to solve a short-term problem in a way that hurts them financially in the long run.
- Kenneth Fisher
Environmentalists should like fracking for its relative cleanliness. But they don't. They have made a bugaboo out of the chemicals in fracking fluids, which supposedly can leach into groundwater sources. I'm convinced they're dead wrong. Ultimately, good technology with a cost advantage will win out over paranoia.
- Kenneth Fisher
If you can predict where the market's going, just do what you can predict. If you can't, which is the presumption of dollar cost averaging or time cost averaging, either one, then you're trying to ease in. But if the market rises more than it falls most of the time, easing in is, by definition, a loser's game.
- Kenneth Fisher

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