Chuck Akre: How To Identify Compounding Machines | Talks at Google

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One of our favorite investors here at The Acquirer’s Multiple – Stock Screener is Chuck Akre.

Akre is the Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at Akre Capital Management. Akre has been in the securities business since 1968. He founded Akre Capital Management in 1989 and relocated the business to Middleburg, Virginia, in 2002, where it still resides.

Akre is famous for his investment approach which he believes is perfectly captured by the visual of a “three-legged stool.” Akre says, “This metaphoric three legged stool describes what we look for in an investment: (1) extraordinary business, (2) talented management and (3) great reinvestment opportunities and histories. I have an old three-legged milking stool in our conference room and it is clear by looking at it that it is sturdy and durable.  We believe our stool is just as sturdy and durable based on our many years of experience!”

One of the best resources for investors is the series of presentations at Google by a number of investing gurus called Google Talks. One of our favorites is Akre’s presentation in which he discusses identifying businesses that are compounding machines, it’s a must watch for all investors:

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