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July 17, 2019

Warren Buffett’s thoughts

Mind-blowing compounding

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett shared in a Yahoo Finance interview (“Warren Buffett explains how you could’ve turned $114 into $400,000 with a simple long-term investment” dated April 25, 2018) how a sum of $114 invested in the S&P 500 in 1942, with dividends reinvested, could have turned into $400,000 today. “Let me give you

Share repurchases: What is smart at one price is stupid at another

Discussions about share repurchases often become heated in the investment world. But, in the words of Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett,  assessing the desirability of repurchases isn’t that complicated. “From the standpoint of exiting shareholders, repurchases are always a plus. Though the day-to-day impact of these purchases is usually minuscule, it’s always better for a

Warren Buffett on intrinsic value

“Intrinsic value is an all-important concept that offers the only logical approach to evaluating the relative attractiveness of investments and businesses,” Warren Buffett said in the 2016 Annual Report of Berkshire Hathaway. “Intrinsic value can be defined simply: It is the discounted value of the cash that can be taken out of a business during

Choose simplicity over complexity

Is investing in the stock market something that is complex, mysterious and risky and therefore best left to the professional? “Warren Buffett has shown this to be a myth,” says James Pardoe in his book “How Buffett Does It”. James Pardoe says in the book, which shares 24 simple investment strategies from the world’s greatest

A climate of fear is your friend

“A climate of fear is your friend when investing; a euphoric world is your enemy.” – Warren Buffett (2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders)

Margin of safety

“You don’t try and buy businesses worth $83 million for $80 million. You leave yourself an enormous margin (of safety). When you build a bridge, you insist it can carry 30,000 pounds, but you only drive 10,000-pound trucks across it. And that same principle works in investing. ” – Warren Buffett on what Benjamin Graham,

A bull market is like sex

“A bull market is like sex. It feels best just before it ends.” – Barton Biggs. (Note: Warren Buffett, in his 2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, was quoting the late Barton Biggs.) P/S Barton Biggs (November 26, 1932 – July 14, 2012) was a money manager said to be best known for accurately predicting

Warren Buffett on investment success

“In my opinion, investment success will not be produced by arcane formulae, computer programs or signals flashed by the price behavior of stocks and markets. Rather an investor will succeed by coupling good business judgment with an ability to insulate his thoughts and behavior from the super-contagious emotions that swirl about the marketplace.” – Warren

Two things to remember amid panic over possible US-China trade war

Global markets are in a turmoil as the USA and China poise themselves for a possible trade war. This brings to mind what legendary investor Warren Buffett said in his FY2016 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. “The years ahead will occasionally deliver major market declines – even panics – that will affect virtually all stocks,”

Warren Buffett wins bet and charity gets US$2.2m instead of US$1m

Back in December 2007, Warren Buffett made a ten-year US$1  million prize bet (background reading: Warren Buffett is set to win this US$500,000 wager) with asset manager Protégé Partners. Essentially, Warren Buffett wanted to prove a point:  that his pick – a virtually cost-free investment in an unmanaged S&P 500 index fund – would, over

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