108-year-old investor: ‘I doubled my money in 1929 crash and I’m still winning’ | Telegraph

Irving Kahn, of investment firm Kahn Brothers, is 108 years old and began his Wall Street career before the crash of 1929. He still works in the investment firm he founded, although nowadays his son manages the firm. Richard Evans asks what advice he would give to investors who go it alone:

Mr Kahn said: “I would recommend that private investors tune out the prevailing views they hear on the radio, television and the internet. They are not helpful. People say ‘buy low, sell high’, but you cannot do this if you are following the herd.

“You must have the discipline and temperament to resist your impulses. Human beings have precisely the wrong instincts when it comes to the markets. If you recognise this, you can resist the urge to buy into a rally and sell into a decline. It’s also helpful to remember the power of compounding. You don’t need to stretch for returns to grow your capital over the course of your life.”

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