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The Nature of ValueHow to Invest in the Adaptive Economy$
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Nick Gogerty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162449

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162449.001.0001

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The Problem with Price? It’s Not Value

The Problem with Price? It’s Not Value

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(p.3) Chapter One The Problem with Price? It’s Not Value
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The Nature of Value
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Nick Gogerty

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162449.003.0001

This chapter answers a question that is fundamental to the nature of value theory, that is, why is value important? It shows how value differs from price and explains the dangers this confusion presents to both an investor's portfolio and the health of the economic system as a whole. Price is an overrated metric. In the short term, it is neither predictable nor absolutely linked to value. Price simply reflects opinions of an asset's ability to deliver value in the future. That price is easy to measure and model does not necessarily make it helpful or explanatory in regard to understanding the nature of economic value. Value is complicated, idiosyncratic, and difficult to model, but it is fundamentally important because it is closer to economic truth than is price. Good investing means ignoring opinions and forming one's own understanding of value. Price reflects value over longer periods of time, but in short periods, price reflects many people trying to predict price.

Keywords:   price, value, investment portfolios, investors

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