Isaac Newton was one of the most intelligent individuals to ever before live.

But there’s a huge distinction in between being a clever physicist and also wise investor.

And, however for him, Newton learned that the difficult way.

In an upgraded and also annotated text of Benjamin Graham’s traditional ‘The Intelligent Capitalist,’ WSJ’s Jason Zweig included a little anecdote regarding Newton’s adventures with spending the South Sea Company:

‘Back in the springtime of 1720, Sir Isaac Newton owned shares in the South Sea Firm, the hottest stock in England. Sensing that the market was leaving hand, the great physicist muttered that he ‘could calculate the motions of the divine bodies, but not the chaos of the people.’ Newton disposed his South Sea shares, stealing a 100 % revenue amounting to £7,000. Simply months later, swept up in the wild interest of the market, Newton hopped back in at a much greater rate – and shed £20,000 (or even more than $3 million in [ 2002-2003’s] money. For the remainder of his life, he prohibited anyone to speak the words ‘South Sea’ in his existence.’

Here’s an appearance at exactly how South Seas returned then.


Newton certainly wasn’t a dumb person. He invented calculus and conceived his three laws of motion.

But this little episode shows that he wasn’t a wise investor considering that he let his feelings get the most effective of him, and obtained guided by the unreason of the crowd.

Or as Graham explained it: ‘For without a doubt, the investor’s principal trouble – as well as his worst enemy – is most likely to be himself.’

Check out ‘The Intelligent Capitalist’ here.