Who on Earth is Peter Lynch?

American investor and philanthropist known for his books on investing, especially One Up on Wall Street and Beating the Street.

Books by Peter Lynch

Quotes by Peter Lynch

“A lot of investors sit around and debate whether a stock is going up, as if the financial muse will give them the answer, instead of checking the company.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“A stock market decline is as routine as a January blizzard in Colorado. If you're prepared, it can't hurt you. A decline is a great opportunity to pick up the bargains left behind by investors who are fleeing the storm in panic.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Absent a lot of surprises, stocks are relatively predictable over twenty years. As to whether they're going to be higher or lower in two to three years, you might as well flip a coin to decide.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“All the math you need in the stock market you get in the fourth grade.”

Peter Lynch

“As I look back on it now, it's obvious that studying history and philosophy was much better preparation for the stock market than, say, studying statistics.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“Avoid hot stocks in hot industries.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Bargains are the holy grail of the true stock picker. The fact that 10 to 30 percent of our net worth is lost in a market sell-off is of little consequence. We see the latest correction not as a disaster but as an opportunity to acquire more shares at low prices. This is how great fortunes are made over time.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Behind every stock is a company. Find out what it's doing.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Charts are great for predicting the past.”

Peter Lynch

“During the Gold Rush, most would-be miners lost money, but people who sold them picks, shovels, tents and blue-jeans made a nice profit.”

Peter Lynch

“Everyone has the brain power to make money in stocks. Not everyone has the stomach.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections, or trying to anticipate corrections, than has been lost in corrections themselves.”

Peter Lynch

“Gentlemen who prefer bonds don't know what they're missing.”

Peter Lynch

“Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, an idiot probably is going to run it.”

Peter Lynch

“Hold no more stocks than you can remain informed on.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“I can't recall ever once having seen the name of a market timer on Forbes' annual list of the richest people in the world. If it were truly possible to predict corrections, you'd think somebody would have made billions by doing it.”

Peter Lynch

“I deal in facts, not forecasting the future. That's crystal ball stuff. That doesn't work.”

Peter Lynch

“I don't know anyone who said on their deathbed: 'Gee, I wish I'd spent more time at the office.'”

Peter Lynch

“I'm always fully invested. It's a great feeling to be caught with your pants up.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“If you can find a company that can get away with raising prices year after year without losing customers (an addictive product such as cigarettes fills the bill), you've got a terrific investment.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“If you can't find any companies that you think are attractive, put your money in the bank until you discover some.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“If you go to Minnesota in January, you should know that it's gonna be cold. You don't panic when the thermometer falls below zero.”

Peter Lynch

“If you spend more than 13 minutes analyzing economic and market forecasts, you've wasted 10 minutes.”

Peter Lynch

“In business, competition is never as healthy as total domination.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“In stocks as in romance, ease of divorce is not a sound basis for commitment.”

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“In the long run, a portfolio of well chosen stocks and/or equity mutual funds will always outperform a portfolio of bonds or a money-market account. In the long run, a portfolio of poorly chosen stocks won't outperform the money left under the mattress.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“In the long run, it's not just how much money you make that will determine your future prosperity. It's how much of that money you put to work by saving it and investing it.”

Peter Lynch

“In this business if you're good, you're right six times out of ten. You're never going to be right nine times out of ten.”

Peter Lynch

“Investing in stocks is an art, not a science, and people who've been trained to rigidly quantify everything have a big disadvantage.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“It only takes a handful of big winners to make a lifetime of investing worthwhile.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“It's human nature to keep doing something as long as it's pleasurable and you can succeed at it, which is why the world population continues to double every 40 years.”

Peter Lynch

“Just because you buy a stock and it goes up does not mean you are right. Just because you buy a stock and it goes down does not mean you are wrong.”

Peter Lynch

“Know what you own, and know why you own it.”

Peter Lynch

“Most investors would be better off in an index fund.”

Peter Lynch

“My method for picking stocks has never changed. When businesses go from crappy to semi crappy, there's money to be made.”

Peter Lynch

“Never invest in a company without understanding its finances. The biggest losses in stocks come from companies with poor balance sheets.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Often, there is no correlation between the success of a company's operations and the success of its stock over a few months or even a few years. In the long term, there is a 100 percent correlation between the success of the company and the success of its stock. This disparity is the key to making money; it pays to be patient, and to own successful companies.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Owning stocks is like having children. Don't get involved with more than you can handle.”

Peter Lynch

“Searching for companies is like looking for grubs under rocks: if you turn over 10 rocks you'll likely find one grub; if you turn over 20 rocks you'll find two.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Sell a stock because the company's fundamentals deteriorate, not because the sky is falling.

Peter Lynch

“Spend at least as much time researching a stock as you would choosing a refrigerator. You shouldn't just pick a stock - you should do your homework.”

Peter Lynch

“Stocks are a safe bet, but only if you stay invested long enough to ride out the corrections.”

Peter Lynch

“Stocks aren't lottery tickets. There's a company attached to every share.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“The best stock to buy is the one you already own.”

Peter Lynch

“The biggest winners are surprises to me. It takes years, not months, to produce big results.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“The extravagance of any corporate office is directly proportional to management's reluctance to reward the shareholders.”

Peter Lynch

“The list of qualities an investor should have include patience, self-reliance, common sense, a tolerance for pain, open-mindedness, detachment, persistence, humility, flexibility, a willingness to do independent research, an equal willingness to admit mistakes, and the ability to ignore general panic.”

Peter Lynch

“The person that turns over the most rocks wins the game. And that's always been my philosophy.”

Peter Lynch

“The Rule of 72 is useful in determining how fast money will grow. Take the annual return from any investment, expressed as a percentage, and divide it into 72. The result is the number of years it will take to double your money.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“The stock market really isn't a gamble, as long as you pick good companies that you think will do well, and not just because of the stock price.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“There's lots of stocks out there and all you need is a few of 'em. That's been my philosophy.”

Peter Lynch

“There's no use diversifying into unknown companies just for the sake of diversity. A foolish diversity is the hobgoblin of small investors. In small portfolios, I'd be comfortable owning between three and ten stocks.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“There's only one real reason why stocks go up. Companies go from doing poorly to doing well or small companies grow to large companies.”

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“Time is on your side when you own shares of superior companies.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Visiting stores and testing products is one of the critical elements of the analyst's job.”

Peter Lynch

“When stocks are attractive, you buy them. Sure, they can go lower. I've bought stocks at $12 that went to $2, but then they later went to $30. You just don't know when you can find the bottom.”

Peter Lynch

“When you sell in desperation, you always sell cheap.”

Peter Lynch One Up on Wall Street

“You can't see the future through a rearview mirror.”

Peter Lynch

“You have to let the big ones make up for your mistakes.”

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“You only need a few good stocks in your lifetime. I mean how many times do you need a stock to go up ten-fold to make a lot of money? Not a lot.”

Peter Lynch

“You should not buy a stock because it's cheap but because you know a lot about it.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street

“Your ultimate success or failure will depend on your ability to ignore the worries of the world long enough to allow your investments to succeed.”

Peter Lynch Beating the Street