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The Wise Investor

Summer
3 Our economic system
3.1 Basic concepts
Several weeks had passed since John and Kate had last
discussed finance. Each Sunday, they met in the Park as
usual, walked, rested and talked about many things.
John insisted that Kate needed time to think over the
advice he had given her, and he needed time himself to
restore his energy.
„You must keep these things in perspective, you know' he
had said to her. 'Never too much thought, and never too
little'.
Although she had been anxious to learn more, John had
refused to say anything more on the subject.
Over a few weeks, Kate became more relaxed about the
topic, and thought back over the things John had said to her.
She had implemented several of his suggestions, and a few
more of her own that were in the spirit of the whole
exercise.
Kate felt more optimistic and positive about her finances
and her future than she had felt for a long time.
Although she was not any richer, she was certainly less
worried, and that made the whole thing worthwhile already.
She was in control of her situation, instead of floundering
around like a rudderless ship in a storm.
Kate's only worry was that John would never finish the
things he had begun to teach her. Although she had taken a
large step forward, there where still many holes in the
picture.
Her grandfather had talked about the need to save, and
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