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Top Secret: For serious investors only

Welcome, serious investors. I know you are all wondering why I've gathered you here today, so I'll get straight to it. Today I'm going to present some simple, powerful, time-tested investing strategies, every one of which will likely do more to improve your eventual lifelong market returns than all the stock suggestions you will ever hear.

And with that, I suspect that any frivolous investors have moved on, hunting those hot stock tips. That's a shame, though, because these are the very sort of strategies that turn frivolous investors into serious ones. Those of you who spend a lot of time researching the financial markets (and I can't think of a better definition of a “serious” investor) will almost certainly see things here that you have encountered before – in fact, not a single one of them is original or in any way secret – but you probably aren't familiar with all of them, and even if you are, it will help to see them again; they are endlessly nourishing.

I said these strategies were in no way secret, but in one way, perhaps they are. These strategies belong to everyone, so no one gains by promoting them. For that reason, they are easily forgotten, abandoned, overlooked, or simply taken for granted. No one is spending millions of dollars to try to convince you that these strategies work – they are spending that money to promote their own proprietary systems, which probably aren't nearly as useful. To be more blunt, there's a lot of garbage being actively promoted, and no one is immune to its effects. Sadly, we often forget to remember the truths we've known.

Let's start with a few gems from the Oracle of Omaha that ought to ring in the ears of every investor, during every minute of every trading day. Then, well, let's see where that takes us…

Julian Close

Julian Close became a stockbroker in 1995. In his 20 years of market experience, he has seen all market conditions and written about every aspect of investing. Julian has also written extensively on corporate best practices and even written reports for the United Nations. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.