20 Wonderful James O’Shea Quotes

James O’Shea is the co-founder of The Chicago News Cooperative and and former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Times. With his decades of experience, here is a look at some of the best James O’Shea quotes to get you motivated.

“But you want to put in all the information you have.”

“By relying on the statistical information rather than a gut feeling, you allow the data to lead you to be in the right place at the right time.”

“Fear, greed and hope have destroyed more portfolio value than any recession or depression we have ever been through.”

“If you are an investor who’s retired and hopes to live off the income that your portfolio is generating, then we would focus just on the dividend yield.”

“If you look back to the most spectacular blow ups in history, you can always tie them to a couple things: They were extraordinary complicated strategies that maybe even the practitioners themselves didn’t understand, and they were overleveraged.”

“If you’re an investor who wants a little bit more from the capital-appreciation side of things, but still likes this concept of getting ‘paid by the company,’ then we would tell that investor to pursue shareholder yield.”


“If you’re indexing to the S&P 500, you’re buying the most expensive names in the market.”

“Industries that make goods and services that people have to buy, regardless of economic circumstances, are bound to do well whatever the economic conditions.”

“It seems that the one thing that doesn’t change is people’s reaction to short-term conditions and their axiomatic ability to perpetuate them far into the future.”

“It was a trafic, tragic accident, but it is not criminal.”

“Stocks change. Industries change. But the underlying reasons certain stocks are good investments remain the same. Only the fullness of time reveals which are the most sound.”

“The average investor does significantly worse than a simple index… It’s literally because of the way our brains are wired.”

“The substance that killed Benjamin is still in that bottle. I’d advise him to put gloves on.”

“To remain as emotionally free from the hurly burley of the here and now is one of the only ways to succeed.”

“We believe that people moving their portfolios to an overweight in bonds will be disappointed over the long-term and will significantly underperform an asset allocation that over-weights equities.”

“We can communicate to our readers what this is about without running it.”

“We continue to advise that investors remain committed to a patient, long-term outlook and that the best way to do well in stocks is to use a disciplined, time-tested strategy that has the benefit of empirically tested results over a variety of market environments.”

“You put in all the pertinent facts?”

“You’ll get nowhere buying stocks just because they have a great story.”

“Your honor, this is a tragic accident, and one of the saddest stories that the court will ever hear. But it did not involve criminal intent.”

James O’Shea is the former Chicago Tribune managing editor. He discusses, ‘The Deal From Hell’ during this interview.

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