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March 20, 2023

Michael Batnick

Michael Batnick
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Michael Batnick, author of The Irrelevant Investor blog (https://theirrelevantinvestor.com/) and Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments (https://www.amazon.com/Big-Mistakes-Investors-Investments-Bloomberg/dp/1119366550) and Co Host of The Compound and Friends (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-compound-and-friends/id1456467014 for Apple and https://open.spotify.com/show/5VKsKPZUtwVylxslLie36k on Spotify) stops by The Business Brew for a quick chat.

In this episode Bill and Michael discuss Michael's book, his early days breaking into finance, his early investing style, and how he looks at the world now. They also touch on some personal chit chat at the end. Please note this episode was recorded before Bill's episode with Tom Gayner. Bill talks about Tom searching for ideas on the 52 Week High list. That part of the conversation is somewhat inaccurate and you should listen to Tom's episode for clarification.

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4:50 - Mark Twain as an investor

7:00 Mike's background and building an online presence

13:00 - How Mike got through a bad first job

18:00 - Dealing with emotions while investing

19:00 - How Future Proof started

21:00 - How Mike approaches The Compound and Friends

24:30 - Helping Clients

28:00 - Why people should consider buying stocks that have gone up

35:00 - Stock chit chat

37:00 - Writing Big Mistakes