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The Difference Between Investing and Speculating by Warren Buffett

Invest – don’t speculate!

Investing isn’t gambling, there’s a real distinction. Basically, it’s subjective, but in investment attitude you look at the asset itself to produce the return. So if I buy a farm and I expect it to produce $80 an acre for me in terms of it’s revenue from corn, soya beans etc. and it cost me $600. I’m looking at the return from the farm itself. I’m not looking at the price of the farm every day or every week or every year. On the other hand if I buy a stock and I hope it goes up next week, to me that’s pure speculation.

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