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Ron Chernow Quotes

A crash really occurs when you suddenly have a violent downturn in the market that then heralds a long bull market.

A lot of the money in the stock market is really our national retirement plan, for better or worse.

After 1929, so many people had been traumatized by the stock market crash that there was a lost generation.

After being Washington's aide for four years and becoming the hero of Yorktown, Hamilton was viewed with a great deal of suspicion because of his association with Tories.

Any bull market covers a multitude of sins, so there may be all sorts of problems with the current system that we won't see until the bear market comes.

As a bull market continues, almost anything you buy goes up. It makes you feel that investing in stocks is a very easy and safe and that you're a financial genius.

As the bull market goes on, people who take great risks achieve great rewards, seemingly without punishment. It's like crime without punishment or sex without sin.

Because of the love affair between the American public and the stock market, it is possible for entrepreneurs, technological visionaries and inventors of every sort to get financing.

By the late 1980s people realized that houses did not always appreciate and that they could fluctuate like any other market commodity.

Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity.

Hamilton had one of those extraordinary 18th-century minds that touched on virtually every major topic of the day.

I don't think that a mutual fund that invests exclusively in biotech start-ups or invests exclusively in companies in Thailand offers any great safety or diversification.

I have developed a very strong partiality for the dead: they don't talk back, they don't sue, and they don't have angry relatives.

I think one of the important things that's happened in the course of the century is that life expectancy has doubled.

I think there's a tide that tends to carry historians back to the past.

I think those who invest in mutual funds want someone else to do the thinking for them. But the fact that they can move the money around the family of mutual funds just through a phone call lets them feel that they can play tycoons.

I'm a biographer; I can live with a little hyperbole.

I'm dubious about having Social Security put into the stock market. I think that we have gotten very far away from the idea that there's something sacrosanct about retirement investments.

If you go back to the time of J.P. Morgan, the world of high finance was completely wholesale. The prestigious investment banks on Wall Street appealed exclusively to large corporations, governments, and to extremely wealthy individuals.

In the 1920s you could buy stocks on margin. You could put 10 percent down and borrow the rest against your stocks.