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I will continue to use the word investment from time to time. Investment is a word folks have been taught to trust. But what makes sense is to learn how to speculate instead of Investing

"A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs." - Bernard M. Baruch

Here is a definition of speculation:

spec·u·late Pronunciation (spiky)
v. spec·u·lat·ed, spec·u·lat·Ming, spec·u·late's r.

1. To meditate on a subject; reflect.
2. To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence.
3. To engage in the buying or selling of a commodity with an element of risk on the chance of profit.


With all investments there is never conclusive evidence and there is always risk.

Life is risk!

Learn to speculate, not to invest. Speculation requires that you do some research and recognize the risks.

Don't let someone talk you into something "guaranteed" so as to avoid risk. The risk will still be there, only well hidden.

It is better to enter a speculation where the risks are mostly well known and then manage your risk and money well.

Since life is risk, don't hide from risk, manage risk.

These speculation rules are about embracing risk.

There is an old proverb that states you should "keep your friends close - and your enemies closer."

Risk is both a friend and an enemy. Gain and avoidance of loss can come from an intimate study of risk, avoid this knowledge at your own financial peril.

If I use the word investment it is not to comfort with long term daydreams of deferred self management decisions.

The point is -- all investment is speculation.

Salesmen and professors at college are playing word games that effect your money to say otherwise. Investment is a subset of speculation - and a supposed investment's risk is greater for the comfort the word gives.

Your desire to create or protect your wealth is undermined by the concept of safe long term investments. Your wealth faces many risks - one of the greatest being complacency.

Learn to guard your own property - it represents your history.

To the right is a growing list of guidelines gleaned from decades of personal experience -- and from centuries of stories told by successful speculators.

Keep growing as a speculator: start by embracing risk and understanding speculation.


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The Speculation Rules

I) It Is Your Money

II) Embrace Risk

III) Success Is Dangerous

IV) Life Is Not Linear

V) Buy The Book First

VI) Diversify Off-shore

VII) Gut Feeling investments

VIII) Building Wealth



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