John Neff Quotes

John Neff Quotes

Most investors are great at extending straight lines… that culminate in disappointment when enthusiasm wanes.

Buy on the cannons and sell on the trumpets.

The baskets start at $25 and] the sky’s the limit, I’ve done baskets worth hundreds of dollars. At that price, they are putting in luxury items.

Long-term investment strategies need not rest on a few very risky glamour stocks.

It’s not always easy to do what’s not popular, but that’s where you make your money. Buy stocks that look bad to less careful investors and hang on until their real value is recognized.

Successful stocks don’t tell you when to sell. When you feel like bragging, it’s probably time to sell.

I don’t read, much less follow the valuations or predictions. I study the numbers.

Investment success does not require glamour stocks or bull markets.

An awful lot of people keep a stock too long because it gives them warm fuzzies – particularly when a contrarian stance has been vindicated. If they sell it, they lose bragging rights.

Obsession with broad diversification is the sure road to mediocrity


Fundamental analysis consists largely of appraising corporate performance against industry or market benchmarks.


I don’t want a lot of good investments; I want a few outstanding ones.

When better to write a book about out-of-favor investing than when it’s out of favor?

I’ve never bought a stock unless, in my view, it was on sale.

Brand-name growth stocks ordinarily command the highest p/e ratios. Rising prices beget attention, and vice versa – but only to a point. Eventually, their growth rate can diminish as results revert towards normal. Maybe not in all cases, but often enough to make a long-term bet. Bottom line: I wouldn’t want to get caught in a rush for the exit, much less get left behind. Only when big growth stocks fall into the dumper from time to time am I inclined to pick them up – and even then, only in moderation.

Never say ‘never’ in the wonderful world of stock market fluctuations.

I wouldn’t want to get caught in a rush for the exit, much less get left behind.

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