Seth Klarman Protégé – David Abrams – Investors Need To Use A Multi-Path Approach To Business Valuation And Analysis

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We’ve just been listening to a great interview with Seth Klarman’s protégé David Abrams on the Value Investing With Legends podcast in which Abrams discusses why investors need to use a multi-path approach to business valuation and analysis. Here’s an extract from the interview: David Abrams: The first question we always ask in any analysis is – what’s the risk? … Read More

Warren Buffett: Sometimes Buying A Basket Of Stocks In An Industry Is Better Than Picking Individual Stocks

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During the 2002 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Warren Buffett provided some great insights into why buying a basket of stocks in an industry is better than picking individual stocks. Here’s an excerpt from the meeting: AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hi, my name is Jennifer Pearlman from Toronto, Canada. Mr. Buffett, in 1998, you were asked to comment on the pharmaceutical industry, and … Read More

Charlie Munger: Focus Investing – One Way To Beat The Market

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One of our favorite investing books is Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Peter Kaufman, and there’s one passage in the book in which Charlie Munger explains how he and Buffett use ‘focus investing’ to beat the market, saying: “Our investment style has been given a name-focus investing-which implies ten holdings, not one hundred or four hundred. The idea that it is … Read More

Warren Buffett: You Don’t Want To Buy Stock In The Company That Has To Do Everything Right

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Here’s a great recent interview with Warren Buffett speaking to Becky Quick at CNBC. During the interview Buffett, while speaking about Apple, provides some great insights into why investors should not buy stocks in companies that have to do everything right, saying: Apple, I’d love to see them succeed. That’s a company who can afford a mistake or two. You … Read More

Seth Klarman – Unsuccessful Investors Are Dominated By Emotion

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One of the best books ever written on investing is Margin of Safety, by Seth Klarman. There’s one passage in particular in which Klarman discusses behaviors to avoid in order to achieve success in investing, saying: Unsuccessful investors are dominated by emotion. Rather than responding coolly and rationally to market fluctuations, they respond emotionally with greed and fear. We all … Read More

John Rogers: ‘Cheap Orphan’ Stocks Appear During High Volatility Markets

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Here’s a great interview with John Rogers of Ariel Investments speaking with Business Insider. During the interview Rogers shares some great insights into how ‘Cheap Orphan’ stocks appear in high volatility environments, saying: We try to make volatility our friend. And when we see stocks that are gapping down on maybe where there’s no fundamental change in the long-term economic … Read More

Aswath Damodaran: Do Not Invest In Companies That Try To Achieve Growth Through Acquisition

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Here’s a great article by Aswath Damodaran in which he warns investors who are considering investing in companies that use acquisitions as part of their growth strategy, saying: “If you look at the collective evidence across acquisitions, this is the most value destructive action a company can take.” Here’s an excerpt from the article: Aswath Damodaran has a blunt message for … Read More

Joel Greenblatt – If You Do Good Valuation Work The Market Will Agree With You Eventually

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Here’s a great recent interview with Joel Greenblatt at CNBC discussing value investing and the one promise that he makes to his new value investing students at Columbia University, saying: We value businesses like we’re a private equity firm. That’s what stocks are. They’re not pieces of paper that bounce around that you put Sharpe ratios and Sortino’s on, or … Read More

Warren Buffett: Stocks – What Else In The World Don’t You Like To Buy Cheaper Than You’re Paying The Day Before?

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Here’s a great recent interview with Warren Buffett at CNBC discussing a number of topics including his value investing mindset. Here’s an excerpt from the interview: BECKY QUICK: I know you’re like Dr. Spock. You’re completely emotionless, when it comes to dealing with market moves. But is there any part of you that gets a little queasy, when you see … Read More

Charles Munger: Here’s Why Investing Is So Much Tougher Today

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Here’s a great recent interview with CNBC’s Becky Quick and Charles Munger discussing the difficulty of being an investor today, compared to when he and Warren started. Here’s an excerpt from the interview: Becky Quick: Charlie thank you very much for taking the time to sit down with us today. You spent a lot of time today talking about how … Read More

Charles Munger: The Most Important Investing Trick I Learnt From My Grandfather

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We’ve just been watching Charlie Munger at the latest Daily Journal meeting in which he recounts the most important investing trick he learnt from his grandfather, saying: I had a grandfather who was very useful to me. My mother’s grandfather. He was a pioneer. He came out to Iowa with no money but youth and health and took it away … Read More

Seth Klarman: The Proper Wiring for a Long-Term Investor

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In Seth Klarmans’ latest shareholder letter he writes successful investing is like being a successful relief pitcher, saying: Consider the plight of a relief pitcher. Historically undervalued, unappreciated, often used interchangeably with other relievers, and, until recently, low on the major league pay scale. Required to be ready throughout most games at only a moment’s notice. And the role comes … Read More

Warren Buffett: How’s That For A Strategic Plan?

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In the 1984 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Letter, Warren Buffett describes his and Munger’s suprising strategic plan for finding their big investment ideas, saying: “Using my academic voice, I have told you in the past of the drag that a mushrooming capital base exerts upon rates of return. Unfortunately, my academic voice is now giving way to a reportorial voice. Our historical 22% … Read More

Charles Munger: EMT – The Stock Market Ain’t Like Physics, It’s Like A Mob At A Football Game

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Here’s a great short video with Charles Munger talking about The Efficient Market Theory saying: “Well I think we’ve had some effect, but they’re still teaching The Efficient Market Theory. Remember the old ideas die hard. And by the way it’s roughly right. It’s just the very hard form which everybody believed. They believed it was impossible and was rare. … Read More

James Montier: What’s The Key Lesson Investors Can Learn From Templeton, Soros, Berkowitz and Steinhardt

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One of the best books ever written on Behavioral Investing is – The Little Book of Behavioral Investing by James Montier. There’s a great passage in the book in which Montier emphasises the key lesson that investors can learn from the world’s greatest investors saying: Small manageable steps are likely to be the best way towards sustainable weight loss. The same is … Read More

Seth Klarman: How To Increase The Likelihood Of Achieving Sustainable Gains With Limited Downside Risk Over The Long-Run

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In his latest Baupost Sharholder Letter, Seth Klarman provides some great advice for investors on how to increase the likelihood of achieving sustainable gains with limited downside risk over the long-run saying: “We believe another key element in portfolio management is curtailing the duration (the weighted average life) of one’s portfolio through exposure to investments with catalysts for the realization … Read More

Howard Marks: How Can Investors Become Effective Contrarians

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We’ve just been re-reading Howard Mark’s 2009 Memo – Touchstones. In the memo Marks provides some great insights into how investors can become more effective contrarians saying: Resisting – and thereby achieving success as a contrarian – isn’t easy. Things combine to make it difficult, including natural herd tendencies and the pain imposed by being out of step, since momentum … Read More

Warren Buffett: There Is Only Three Ways A Smart Person Can Go Broke

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Over the years Warren Buffett has spoken about the absurdity of borrowing money to buy stocks. Here’s a great short video that encapsulates his thoughts. Our favorite quote from the clip is: (1:47) – “My partner Charlie says there is only three ways a smart person can go broke: liquor, ladies, and leverage. Now the truth is, the first two … Read More