Monday, October 10, 2011

Wall Street was a disaster the years I was there. And I did OK

Jim Rogers: Actually, Wall Street was a disaster the years I was there. And I did OK. I know Roy Neuberger who started Neuberger Berman went to Wall Street in 1929 – it couldn't have been a worse time – and yet he became wildly successful in finance. So of course it can be done. But the numbers of people who do it are going to be very few and far between going forward. You'll need to be very passionate about it, because the wind is going to be in your face. In 1958, America had 5,000 MBAs every year and the rest of the world had none. Now, America has a couple hundred thousand every year and the rest of the world has tens of thousands. So there's huge competition in finance. By the way, an MBA won't teach you about commodities or raw materials. It will teach you mainly about stocks, bonds, and options. But now there's huge competition at a time when there's staggering debt in the financial world, and politicians all over the world are coming down hard against banks, brokers, and financial institutions. Taxes, regulations, requirements. So, finance is going to be a horrible place to be, just as it was in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. I mean, almost no one went to Wall Street in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. The city of London was a wasteland in those days. And then we had the big bull market and that all changed. But now, we're going back to a period where the producers of the real goods are the ones in charge, making the money and the excitement. This has happened repeatedly throughout history. We've had long periods when the financial types were the kingpins, and we've had long periods when the producers of real goods were the kingpins. It's reversing again now, and we're just going back to what's always happened. - in Daoly Crux

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Who is Jim Rogers ?

James "Jim" Rogers was born in Oct. 19, 1942 and grew up in Demopolis, Alabama .Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendry investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age of 37. Rogers and Soros helped steer the fund to a miraculous 4,200% return over the 10 year span of the fund while the S&P 500 returned just 47%. They ran what is considered to be one of the first truly global macro hedge funds. . In 1964 he got his first job on Wall Street at Dominick & Dominick in the summer between high school and Yale University, that's how he got his first experience with stocks and bonds. He immediately fell in love with the job. After Oxford, he returned to the U.S. and joined the army in 1970 he returned to Wall Street, working again with Dominick & Dominick. That same year he joined Arnold S. Bleichroeder, where he met George Soros, and together founded the Quantum Fund. This has opened a new era of global macrotrading and inspired numerous imitations and spin-offs. In the book "Money Masters of Our Time," Jim Rogers writes about that time "the most important thing in my life was work. I did not do anything until I had completed my work." To emphasize this professional ethic , it is good to remember that he did not made any holiday for ten years. In 1980, Jim Rogers has decided to "retire" at 37 years. Since then he has spent much of his time traveling and supporting the causes of philanthropic and taking on many high profile roles in the media. However, he continues to be an active investor and media commentator

Jim Rogers "the 19th century was the century of the UK , the 20th century was the century of the US , the 21 st century is going to be the century of China "