In January 2015, Druckenmiller revealed the secret to his success during a speech at the "Lost Tree Club," a country club in Palm Beach, Florida. He said one of his early mentors who worked at Pittsburgh National Bank helped shape his fundamental views on investing.
"He taught me that you have to visualize the situation 18 months from now, and whatever that is, that's where the price will be, not where it is today," Druckenmiller said.
"Never, ever invest in the present. It doesn’t matter what a company's earning, what they have earned."
"Earnings don’t move the overall market; it's the Federal Reserve Board"
During the speech at the "Lost Tree Club" in 2015, Druckenmiller added the second thing he learned from his early mentor is "earnings don't move the overall market; it’s the Federal Reserve Board."
Druckenmiller continued: "Whatever I do, focus on the central banks and focus on the movement of liquidity, that most people in the market are looking for earnings and conventional measures. It's liquidity that moves markets."
"The only way to make long-term returns in our business that are superior is by being a pig"
"The first thing I heard when I got in the business, not from my mentor, was bulls make money, bears make money, and pigs get slaughtered," he said during his "Lost Tree Club" speech.
"I'm here to tell you I was a pig. And strongly believe the only way to make long-term returns in our business that are superior is by being a pig. I think diversification and all the stuff they’re teaching at business school today is probably the most misguided concept everywhere."
"The way you create deflation is you create an asset bubble"
“The way you create deflation is you create an asset bubble," he said in an interview with CNBC in 2017. Druckenmiller believes the Federal Reserve should raise interest rates and stop easy monetary policies as soon as possible.
"If I was 'Darth Vader' of the financial world and decided I’m going to do this nasty thing and create deflation, I would do exactly what the central banks are doing now," he said.
"Good investors are successful not because of their IQ, but because they have an investing discipline"
"I believe that good investors are successful not because of their IQ, but because they have an investing discipline," Druckenmiller said in an interview with Goldman Sachs' Hugo Scott-Gall in 2013.
"But, what is more disciplined than a machine? A well-researched machine can make many average investors redundant, leaving behind only the really good human investors with exceptional intuition and skill."
"Old people like Hillary Clinton and I shouldn’t try and be cool with social networks"
"I think old people like Hillary Clinton and I shouldn’t try and be cool with social networks, you know, maybe she should leave that stuff up to Chelsea,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV in 2015.
"You can be far more aggressive when you’re making good profits"
Druckenmiller once told author Jack Schwager that he learned a lot from George Soros.
"George Soros has a philosophy that I have also adopted: The way to build long-term returns is through preservation of capital and home runs," Druckenmiller said. "You can be far more aggressive when you’re making good profits."
This was featured in Schwager's book The New Market Wizards.
"If you’re extremely confident, taking a loss doesn’t bother you"
"If you're extremely confident, taking a loss doesn't bother you," Druckenmiller told author Jack Schwager about what he learned from Soros.
"Soros is also the best loss taker I’ve ever seen. He doesn't care whether he wins or loses on a trade. If a trade doesn't work, he's confident enough about his ability to win on other trades that he can easily walk away from the position. There are a lot of shoes on the shelf; wear only the ones that fit."
"It's not whether you're right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you're right and how much you lose when you're wrong"
"It's not whether you’re right or wrong that's important, but how much money you make when you're right and how much you lose when you're wrong," Druckenmiller told author Jack Schwager about what he learned from Soros.
"The few times that Soros has ever criticized me was when I was really right on a market and didn’t maximize the opportunity."