Shares are Real Assets
Shares are REAL ASSETS, participations in Real Estate (buildings, office complexes, commercial real estate), participations in machinery, automobiles, trucks, labor, patents, minerals, etc
Shares or stocks are quoted in nominal fiat money but by acquiring a stock you exchange Fiat Money for Real assets and VALUE which often are spread all over the World . IBM (international business machines is a good example). Nestle, ATT, Unilever, BP, EXXON, CONOCO, Johnson & Johnson, ....
|Buy when blood runs thru the streets, sell when everyone is partying.|
A good share is better than good Real Estate.....the main difference is that a crash/correction as a rule only last for 2 years (worst case scenario) where a crash/correction for Real Estate normally lasts for 26 years. This of course on condition you buy a participation in some decent, GOOD company [and not in worthless financials/banks].
Having said this, with little home work it is not too hard to have a yearly +20% performance. This off course on condition you buy CHEAP and sell HIGH and don't let them scare you out of a position in between....
|Better and a lot safer to hold 10 shares at a loss in your portfolio than holding $500,000 in a bank account.!..|
Contrary to Real Estate, stocks are PRICED DAILY. Short term predictions are extremely hard: the shorter, the harder. Important is to have the trend right and to sit it out until it changes. Most of the time there are clear indications a trend change is about to happen (good examples were Bank/Financials and Real Estate). Those who refuse to accept market conditions have changed and keep on holding to stocks because they fell in love with these (or because stupid and most of the time inexperienced bankers told them to) can loose fortunes in a similar way fortunes are lost by those holding on to Real Estate when the bubble busts...or holding on/buying Treasuries and Bonds at the top of the market. Stocks and Real Estate follow different cycles.
|The Rothschilds made their fortune by exchanging GOLD (a real asset) for TREASURIES at the right time!|
Remember at all times a Bond/Treasury is an option to buy Fiat Money and Bank Deposits/Saving accounts can be extremely hazardous...as well as money kept under your mattress. As a matter of fact, years ago when paper money was introduced in the western world, Money used to be Interest Bearing Treasuries. Governments had again found "the trick" to fool the people.
Stocks can offer an ESCAPE ROUTE when Authorities enforce Capital Controls. When such happens, citizens have lost all faith in Fiat Money and Treasuries issued by the Rulers and as there is no escape route and they are, most of the time, not allowed to buy/trade with foreign fiat money, they flee into STOCKS. Modern examples are South-Africa and Iran. During the sanctions against South-Africa, the locals bought even automobiles as a hedge against the weakening South-African Rand.
Example of certificate of shares registered in the name of Robert M Tanney (click to enlarge)
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