Warren Buffett: The Futility of Following Public Opinion in Stocks

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During the 1994 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Warren Buffett advises against making investment decisions based on others’ opinions, highlighting the irrelevance of public opinion polls in achieving financial success. Instead, he advocates for personal evaluation of businesses. He and Charlie Munger ignore market predictions and analyst opinions, focusing instead on … Read More

Warren Buffett: Invest in Commercial “Cash Cows” for Compounding Returns

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In his 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Letter, Warren Buffett explains why he advocates for investing in productive assets like businesses, farms, and real estate that can retain purchasing power during inflation while requiring minimal new capital investment. He highlights companies like Coca-Cola, IBM, and See’s Candy as meeting this criteria. Buffett … Read More

Warren Buffett: Financial Deception: How Small Deceptions Lead To Habitual Dishonesty

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In his 1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Letter, Warren Buffett critiques corporate manipulation of financial results using a humorous golf metaphor. He describes a golfer who records atrocious scores initially, then claims to “restructure” their swing and counts only good scores in subsequent rounds, thus masking true performance. Another tactic involves … Read More

Warren Buffett: The Key Metrics for Business Evaluation

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In his 1979 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Letter, Warren Buffett discussed Berkshire Hathaway’s 1979 operating performance, which was strong but slightly less impressive than in 1978, with operating earnings at 18.6% of beginning net worth. Despite a 20% increase in earnings per share, Warren Buffett cautions against focusing on this metric. … Read More

Warren Buffett: Sophistication In Global Finance Will Provide Investing Opportunities

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During the recent 2024 Berkshire Annual Meeting, Warren Buffett reflected on past experiences, acknowledging he’d gained wisdom. He anticipates future challenges, expecting crises akin to 2008 but not identical. He emphasizes the need for quick access to substantial funds, foreseeing crises occurring every 5-10 years due to increasing global complexity. … Read More

Warren Buffett: Is AI The Nuclear Genie of Our Time?

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During his latest 2024 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Warren Buffett acknowledges his lack of understanding about AI but doesn’t dismiss its significance. He compares it to the nuclear genie, once out of the bottle, impossible to control. He recalls a disturbing experience where AI convincingly mimicked him, realizing its potential … Read More

Warren Buffett: Moving Beyond Your Entrenched Ideas

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In his 1983 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Letter, Warren Buffett discusses his shift in perspective on the value of economic goodwill in business investments. Originally trained to prioritize tangible assets, Buffett initially shunned businesses with high goodwill values, resulting in missed opportunities. Over time, influenced by direct and vicarious business experiences … Read More