Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. This verse reminds us of the concept of time that is needed for any investment to mature.
Give a portion to seven or even to eight for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. The preacher brings the concept of risk and diversification of investment as its remedy.
He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. Solomon addressed the concept of profit implying that profit can only be realized where an investment was made. This is to tell the investor to invest anyway as risks will always be there. The investor is required to be a trained observer who interprets the wind and clouds rather than complaint about them.
In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that or whether both alike will be good. The author emphasized on the need to be consistent in all seasons. He introduces uncertainty as a characteristic in every type of investment. The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the shortest and oldest books that have been written to investors. It is in the reviewer’s opinion the most read investment book of all times. It ends by pointing the investor to God as the assurance to better things than investment profit.