Charles Munger: Why Did Ben Graham’s Net Nets Disappear

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Just been re-reading Charles Mungers’ classic speech – A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business. In it Munger provides some great insights into what happened to the net net stocks popularized by Ben Graham. Here’s an excerpt from that speech: The second basic approach is the one that Ben Graham used—much admired by … Read More

Charles Munger: A Parody About The Great Recession

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One of the best articles ever written about the ‘Great Recession’ is Charles Munger’s – Parody Describing The Contributions of Wantmore, Tweakmore, Totalscum, Countwrong, and Obvilious To The Tragic ‘Great Recession’ in Boneheadia and The Thoughts of Some People Relating To The Disaster. While the entire article is six pages long it’s a must read for all investors. Here’s an … Read More

Charles Munger: The Trouble With Economists & Economics

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Some years ago Shane Parrish at Farnam Street did a podcast in which he read the full text of Charlie Munger’s presentation – Academic Economics: Strengths and Weaknesses, after Considering Interdisciplinary Needs. It’s a must listen to for all investors. Here’s an excerpt from Munger’s presentation: 3) Physics Envy The third weakness that I find in economics is what I call … Read More

Charles Munger: “If You Won’t Attack A Problem While It’s Solvable And Wait Until It’s Unfixable, You Can Argue That You’re So Damn Foolish That You Deserve The Problem”

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While not specifically an investing book, The Art of the Good Life: Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life, by Rolf Dobelli provides some great lessons for investors. There’s one passage in particular titled – Reality Doesn’t Care About Your Feelings; or, Why Every False Step Improves Your Life – which basically says – we all make investing mistakes, what’s important however is … Read More

Charles Munger: The Secret Ingredients That Make Berkshire, And The Daily Journal, So Successful

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We’ve just been watching the 2017 Daily Journal Annual Meeting in which Charlie Munger, at 12:18 on the video below, discloses some of the secret ingredients that have made Berkshire and The Daily Journal successful. Here’s an excerpt from the meeting where Munger is speaking about DJCO’s software business: When I was a lawyer, there was a saying that I’ve … Read More

Charlie Munger: The Parable Of Basicland

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Several years ago, Charles Munger wrote a great piece called – Basically, It’s Over – A parable about how one nation came to financial ruin. Munger provides a cautionary warning through the story of a fictional place called ‘Basicland’. A large, unpopulated island in the Pacific Ocean that is rich in all nature’s bounty except coal, oil and natural gas. It’s … Read More

Charlie Munger Can Be Merciless If He Believes He Has Caught Someone In An Act Of Silly Self-Deception

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One of the most commonly used terms in the world of investing is – Cost of Capital. According to the Harvard Business Review website: – “The cost of capital is simply the return expected by those who provide capital for the business”. Warren Buffett provides his own explanation for the cost of capital in his Berkshire Hathaway owners manual as: “We … Read More

14 Of Charlie Munger’s Funniest Quotes

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Charlie Munger is known for his quick wit and sense of humor, and one of the best sources of Munger’s humorous quotes is Poor Charlie’s Almanack. Here are fourteen of Munger’s funniest quotes from the book: 1. I’d rather throw a viper down my shirt front than hire a compensation consultant. 2. When asked at a cocktail party whether he … Read More

Charles Munger: How Do You Learn To Be A Great Investor

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One of our favorite investing books here at The Acquirer’s Multiple is – Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger. One of the best passages in the book covers Charlie Munger’s response to, “How Do You Learn To Be A Great Investor?”. Here’s an excerpt from the book: Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco investors listen carefully to maxims … Read More

How To Invest Like… Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s Right-Hand Man

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Here’s a great article at The Telegraph discussing one of our favorite value investors here at The Acquirer’s Multiple, Charlie Munger. The article provides some great insights into Munger’s relationship with Buffett, his investing strategy, and his ten point investing checklist. Here’s an excerpt from that article: The world’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett, is renowned for pithy yet wise one-liners. … Read More

Charles Munger – “I Didn’t Mean To Get Rich I Just Overshot” + “Bitcoin is Total Insanity!!”

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We just watched an awesome interview with Charles Munger at The University of Michigan 2017. The interview is a fantastic insight into Munger’s journey though life and his career. Two of our favorite parts are when Munger talks about the role of luck in investing, and his thoughts on Bitcoin. Both responses are so Mungeresque! Here’s some excerpts from the … Read More

Buffett & Munger – The ‘Eureka Moment’ For Two Of The World’s Greatest Investors

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It seems that all of the great investors have a ‘eureka moment’ during their investing careers. A ‘eureka moment’ refers to the common human experience of suddenly understanding a previously incomprehensible problem or concept. Sometimes referred to as an ‘Aha’ moment. And so it was two of the world’s greatest investors, Charles Munger and Warren Buffett. Their eureka moment is … Read More

Lynch & Munger – Becoming A Better Investor Requires Thinking Outside Of Investing

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A lot of investors believe that the more you can learn about investing and investing techniques the better you will be as an investor. A typical value investor might spend time studying the fundamental assumptions and approaches to value investing, techniques for assessing fundamental value – balance sheet and earnings power approaches, or structuring value-based portfolios to control risk and … Read More

Charles Munger – 5 Ultrasimple Notions For Successful Investing

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One of my favorite investing books is – Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger, by Janet Lowe. The book is a great insight into Munger’s life, philosophy, and investing journey. One passage in the book which is of particular interest to investors is Munger’s five ultrasimple general notions that he finds helpful in solving problems. These … Read More

Charles Munger – Big Gains Invariably Mean Long Periods Of Underperformance

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Let’s face it, most investors are not prepared to go through long periods or short periods of underperformance in order to achieve outperformance. The only problem with that is that those investors will invariably miss out of the big gains achieved by the most successful investors. The good news is that if you are prepared to suffer through the heartburn … Read More

Is It Better To Buy The Stock And Watch The Price Drop Or Not Act And Watch The Price Soar? – Daniel Kahneman

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One of the most common predicaments facing investors is that they’ve analysed a stock, it meets with the investors criteria, and now it’s time to pull the trigger and buy the stock. But something happens, the investor ums and ahs and delays the decision to buy. Next thing you know three months later the value of the stock has risen by … Read More

Great Investors Create Their Own Version Of Omaha – Buffett, Munger, Klarman, Pabrai

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One of the biggest problems facing investors is the amount of ‘noise’ that we get from the financial media and commentators. Financial news sections, the internet, and podcasts are continually bombarding us with the latest ‘hot stock’ or miracle investing strategy. Meanwhile investors get caught up in the noise checking their stocks daily to see what’s performing well and what’s … Read More

25 Timeless Investing Lessons From Charles Munger

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One of our favorite investors here at The Acquirer’s Multiple is Charles Munger. Over the years Munger has provided us with a number of investing gems and one of the best sources of Munger’s quotes can be found in the book – Poor Charlie’s Almanack. While there are hundreds of Mungerisms in the book I picked out twenty five timeless investing lessons. … Read More

Here’s How Successful Investors Put The Odds Squarely In Their Favor – Charles Munger

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One of the best investing speeches ever given was – A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business, by Charles Munger. In particular are Munger’s insights into investing in the stock market being a lot like betting at the race-track, which uses a system called pari-mutuel betting. Pari-mutuel betting is a betting system in which … Read More