In fact, when he bought his first stock in 1942, the headlines didn't look good, he notes: "We were losing the war in the Pacific."
Markets go up and down every day, but that doesn't necessarily mean there's significance to every move. As an investor, it helps to be patient, and to accept a certain level of uncertainty.
Since buying his first stock, 76 years have gone by, and in all those years, "I've never known what the market is going to do the next day," Buffett says. "That's not my game. My game is to decide whether I'm in the right economy, which America has definitely been ever since that time."
Rather than trying to time your investments, buy and hold for the long term, Buffett tells CNBC. It's what he's been doing since the 1940s and what he still does today, regardless of the headlines.
"I've owned stocks consistently since 1942," Buffett tells PBS. "I was buying stocks the day before the  election. I was buying stocks the same day after the election. Had Hillary been elected, it would've been the same thing."
This is an updated version of a story that was previously published in June 2017.
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