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August 24, 2019

Investment criteria

Warren Buffett’s investment tales

In his letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on February 28, 2014 for FY2013, Warren Buffett, among other things, shared “Some Thoughts About Investing”. To illustrate certain fundamentals of investing, Warren Buffett told two tales in the letter. The two tales are about two small non-stock investments that Warren Buffett made long ago. “Though neither changed

“Investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.”

“Investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.” – The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham Warren Buffett kicked off with this quote when he shared “Some Thoughts About Investing” in a section of his  letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on February 28, 2014 for FY2013. Under a sub-section, he shared more about Benjamin Graham, his teacher

Warren Buffett’s Rip Van Winkle approach

In his letter (dated February 28, 1992 for FY1991) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett gave an insight into his Rip Van Winkle approach to investing. Referring to a list of Berkshire Hathaway’s common stock holdings – comprising Capital Cities/ABC Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp, GEICO Corp, The Gillette Company, Guinness PLC,  The Washington

Warren Buffett on intelligent investing

One of the best gems on investment success from Warren Buffett came in his letter (dated Feb 28, 1997 for FY1996) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. Warren Buffett said: “Most investors, both institutional and individual, will find that the best way to own common stocks is through an index fund that charges minimal fees. Those following

Berkshire Hathaway’s acquisition criteria

In Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Report 1996, Warren Buffett said in a section under the heading of Acquisition Criteria: “Charlie and I frequently get approached about acquisitions that don’t come close to meeting our tests: We’ve found that if you advertise an interest in buying collies, a lot of people will call hoping to sell you their cocker spaniels.

Berkshire Hathaway equity-investing strategy

In his letter to Berkshire Hathaway dated March 1, 1993, for FY1992, Warren Buffett said: “Our equity-investing strategy remains little changed from what it was fifteen years ago, when we said in the 1977 annual report: “We select our marketable equity securities in much the way we would evaluate a business for acquisition in its entirety.

Warren Buffett’s investment choice: productive assets

In his Feb 25, 2012, letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders for FY2011, Warren Buffett listed three categories of investments under the headline of “The Basic Choices for Investors and the One We Strongly Prefer”: (i) Investments that are denominated in a given currency, including money-market funds, bonds, mortgages, bank deposits, and other instruments. (ii) Investments

Warren Buffett invests in IBM

In 2011, in what appeared to be another sign of Warren Buffett triggering his elephant gun, reports said the Berkshire Hathaway chairman had invested over US$10 billion in IBM. A Reuters report (Nov 24, 2011) headlined “Buffett sheds tech aversion with big IBM investment” said: “Warren Buffett has always made his distaste for technology investments

Warren Buffett goes for the long haul

Warren Buffett goes for the long haul when it comes to marketable equity securities. As far back as March 14, 1978, he said in his FY1977 letter to stockholders of Berkshire Hathaway: “When prices are appropriate, we are willing to take very large positions in selected companies, not with any intention of taking control and

Warren Buffett looks for enduring moat

Warren Buffett: “A truly great business must have an enduring ‘moat’ that protects excellent returns on invested capital.” Mr Buffett said this in his letter to Berkshire shareholders (February 2008) for Year 2007. Illustrating on this ‘moat’ concept, Mr Buffett said: “The dynamics of capitalism guarantee that competitors will repeatedly assault any business ‘castle’ that is

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