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July 17, 2019

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The Fourth Law of Motion that Sir Isaac Newton failed to discover

“Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius,” Warren Buffett  said in a comment in Berkshire Hathaway’s FY2016 annual report. ” But Sir Isaac’s talents didn’t extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, “I can calculate the movement of the

Warren Buffett is set to win this US$500,000 wager

Background on Warren Buffett’s US$500,000 wager: Warren Buffett said in  Berkshire’s 2005 annual report that  active investment management by professionals – in aggregate – would over a period of years underperform the returns achieved by rank amateurs who simply sat still. Recalling his argument, he said in his FY2016 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders: “I explained

Philip Fisher’s five more don’ts for investors

1. Don’t overstress diversification Investors have been so oversold on diversification that fear of having too many eggs in one basket has caused them to put far too little into companies they thoroughly know and far too much in others about which they know nothing at all. “It never seems to occur to them, and

Five don’ts for investors: Philip Fisher

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher lists five don’ts for investors 1. Don’t buy into promotional companies All too often, young promotional companies are dominated by one or two individuals who have great talent for certain phases of business procedure but are lacking in other equally essential talents. They may be superb salesmen

Philip Fisher’s scuttlebutt method

For a man like Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett who doesn’t personally own an iPhone, one wonders why he more than doubled Berkshire Hathaway’s holdings in Apple to about 2.5 per cent in January 2017. At that point, Mr Buffett owned US$17 billion worth of the tech giant’s stock In a CNBC report on 27

Benjamin Graham on dollar-cost averaging

In Chapter 5 (The Defensive Investor and Common Stocks) of The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham, the father of value investing, touched on various aspects of defensive investment, among which was dollar-cost averaging, an application of a “formula investment”. Elaborating, he said: “The New York Stock Exchange has put considerable effort into popularizing its ‘monthly purchase

Seven stock investing mistakes to avoid: Pat Dorsey

It takes many great stock picks to make up for just a few big errors, says Pat Dorsey, author of The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing. So even before one goes into any analysis process, care should be taken to avoid seven easily avoidable mistakes. Here is Pat Dorsey’s list of seven mistakes to

Benjamin Graham Theory Of Diversification

In investment, having a margin of safety itself is not sufficient.  Why is this so? Benjamin Graham, the founder of value investing, uses the simple basis of the insurance-underwriting business to explain the need for diversification. He said that  diversification is the companion of margin of safety. In other words, margin of safety and diversification

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