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“Nothing endures but change” Heraclitus

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” John K Galbraith

“One has to be a student of change.  Everything changes.  I just don’t believe you can have confidence in any industry for an infinite length of time”  Roy Neuberger

“Facts change, we changeBruce Berkowitz

“A wise man changes his mind: a fool never” William D Gann

“You have to kind of listen to the market and be willing to have you stories challenged and be willing to change them.   There’s a distinction between sticking to your beliefs that you know to be true and sticking to an opinion or theory you have that may or may not be true.” Dan Loeb

“Conviction.  Conviction.  Conviction.  New facts.  Change”  Marc Andreessen

Change, the investors only certainty”  T. Rowe Price

“The only thing you can count on is change.  Even if the fundamental environment were to remain unchanged – which it won’t – risk/return prospects would change because (a) investors will move the prices of assets, certainly in relative terms, and (b) investor psychology will change.  That is why no strategy, tactic or opinion will work forever” Howard Marks

“Markets change radically, every five years that I’ve seen.  Markets aren’t nearly as good at discounting the future as people think”  John Burbank

“A significant number of companies disappeared almost overnight over the last decade (the corporate cemetery is full of companies formerly believed to be indestructible). Nevertheless, others were born or reborn and became titans of industry within a few years (Google, Apple, Amazon, Intuitive Surgical, PetroChina, Tata Group, etc.) If there is one constant in the business world, it is change!” Francois Rochon

“Obviously all business change to some extent” Warren Buffett

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"One cannot make an investment and take for granted that its worth will remain unchanged. New sources of supply coming from hitherto untapped areas of the world may transform the competitive position of a company, as will changes in people's habits or technological innovations. Often something will shrink in value because of one discovery, as coal did in relation to oil and electricity, only to be given new economic life by another development such as the new chemical uses being made of coal.  Actually one can point to only a few things whose value has resisted the change of time down through the centuries - and even then not without fluctuations. Among these I would list some minerals like gold, silver, and copper precious stones, works of art; and crop bearing lands.   Even with these things one must add the qualification "at least so far."   Bernard Baruch 1957

"Fortunes change; there's no assurance that major companies won't become minor, and there's no such thing as a can't miss blue-chip" Peter Lynch

"Most businesses are subject to change if you stay with them long enough.  There's not a single business that I know of that will never change"  Li Lu

"In studying the investments we have made in both subsidiary companies and common stocks, you will see that we favor businesses and industries unlikely to experience major change. The reason for that is simple: Making either type of purchase, we are searching for operations that we believe are virtually certain to possess enormous competitive strength ten or twenty years from now.  A fast changing industry environment may offer the chance for huge wins, but it precludes the certainty we seek." Warren Buffett

“Those who will not face improvements because they are changes, will face changes that are not improvements” Charlie Munger

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"Probably one of my greatest assets over the last 30 years is that I’m open-minded and I can change my mind very quickly."  Stanley Druckenmiller

"Really good traders are also capable of changing their minds in an instant.  They can be dogmatic in their opinion and then immediately change it" Steve Clark

"The key is to constantly adapt and find the strategy that works" Bruce Kovner

"Traders who are successful over the long run adapt.  If they do use rules, and you meet them 10 years later, they will have broken those rules.  Why? Because the world has changed"  Colm O'Shea

“In Wall Street, the man who does not change his mind will soon have no change to mind” W.D Gann

"If you know that the stock doesn't know you own it, you are ahead of the game. You are ahead because you can change your mind and your actions without regard to what you did or thought yesterday"  Adam Smith, The Money Game

“My perculiarity is that I don’t have a particular style of investing, or, more exactly, I try to change my style to fit conditions” George Soros

“There is a place and time for every style.” Larry Robbins

“When you're betting the ranch and the circumstances change, you have to change, and that's how I've always managed money” Stanley Druckenmiller

"In the stock market, in investing, there is nothing permanent except change.  The investment manager should try to cultivate a mix of healthy scepticism, open-mindedness, and willingness to listen. It is not easy"  Barton Biggs

“One of the things I most want to emphasize is how essential it is that one's investment approach be intuitive and adaptive rather than fixed and mechanistic" Howard Marks

“Never adopt permanently any type of asset or any selection method. Try to stay flexible, open-minded, and sceptical. Long term top results are achieved only by changing from popular to unpopular the type of securities you favour and your methods of selection” Sir John Templeton

“Above all, we were flexible, opportunistic, and unconstrained in where we would and could invest” Michael Steinhardt

"This is an opportunistic business. You need to be very flexible" Mohnish Pabrai

"To achieve balance one must be flexible.  I know an investor who bought his first bond after 50 years of doing very well without bonds.  He was flexible enough to realise that after half a century, the time had come"Roy Neuberger

“Sir John Templeton said something to me and it stuck in my mind and I didn’t do anything about it at the time. We were on a roll of fifteen years of wonderful results, no down years, a high compound rate of return and some money coming in. He said something which I thgink is correct, and that Graham also talks about; ‘always change a winning game’. I didn’t do it because I was on a roll then and I wasn’t flexible enough.” Peter Cundill

“Expect and react to change. No bull market is permanent. No bear market is permanent. And there are no stocks that you can buy and forget. The pace of change is too great. Being relaxed, as Hooper advised, doesn’t mean being complacent” Sir John Templeton

"If the world were constant, without change, analytical skills would be all that was necessary for successful investing.  Economic models would work perfectly, as correlations would be static and thus predictable.  Unfortunately, a'la Allen Toffler's Future Shock, not only is there change in the world, but its pace is accelerating." Bennett Goodspeed 1978

“The biggest risk we worry about is not adapting to the times and participating in change. That’s what keeps us on our toes.” Chris Davis

"The ability to learn new ways to look

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