Buffett’s Affinity for Insurance Stocks

Warren Buffett’s first investment foray into the insurance industry occurred with his purchase of National Indemnity Company in 1967, and his relationship with the sector has grown in spades over the years. In a recent article for Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese offers a brief history of the Oracle of Omaha’s trajectory and perspective on […]

Rekenthaler Report: It’s Hard to Be Like Buffett

While every fund manager yearns for Buffett results, “most don’t mimic his investment approach” writes Morningstar’s John Rekenthaler in his September report. Concentrated, low-turnover portfolios are “not for everybody,” he says, and even when managers try to follow in the Oracle’s footsteps the results are often “dismal”. Rekenthaler says there are two dozen U.S. stock […]

A Little-Known Buffett Home Run

Long before Berkshire Hathaway became the acquisition behemoth it is today, Warren Buffett was primarily involved in the insurance business. That hasn’t changed, and these operations have been some of his biggest and most successful ventures. In an article for CNBC, Validea CEO John Reese describes how the Oracle’s foresight back in the 1970s led […]

Some Shiny Apple Suppliers

The list of companies making up Apple’s supplier list number an impressive 200. The company seems to be well organized when it comes to sourcing parts, hedging itself against hiccups by having several suppliers for a single component and containing costs by instilling some healthy competition in the pack. In this week’s Forbes, Validea CEO […]

Stocks with a Durable Competitive Advantage

A mainstay of Warren Buffett’s investment philosophy is his belief that the strongest companies possess a keen competitive edge against their peers. He looks for businesses that perform consistently, regardless of outside forces, boast brand recognition, and/or provide goods and services people use on a daily basis. In an article for The Globe and Mail, […]

Are the Markets Really Efficient?

Warren Buffett has always been open about his approach to investing, singing the praises of focusing on business fundamentals to find strong stocks at good prices. However, in a recent BloombergView article, columnist Noah Smith outlines some reasons why the Buffett philosophy actually contradicts the efficient market hypothesis (EMH), an investment theory that says it’s […]

Buffett Revisited

The Oracle of Omaha is an investment legend whose tireless work ethic and down-to-earth philosophy has helped him grow Berkshire Hathaway into one of the largest companies in the world. In a recent article for Nasdaq, Validea CEO John Reese digs into Buffett’s stock selection method and offers five stocks picks that make the grade […]

Fundamentally Solid Value Picks in the Spirit of Graham and Doddsville

  In his revered 1984 speech at Columbia Business School, Warren Buffett referred to the strong track records of a group of prominent value investors as follows: “A concentration of winners that simply cannot be explained by chance can be traced to this particular intellectual village.” In other words, writes Validea CEO John Reese in […]

Debating with the Oracle of Omaha

It’s tough to argue with one of the most legendary investors of all time, but Paul Merriman (founder of Seattle-based Merriman Wealth Management) apparently takes exception with some of Warren Buffett’s principles, particularly as they relate to investors in retirement. In a recent MarketWatch article, Merriman outlines his interpretations and gripes with seven Buffett principles: […]

Can Active Investing Still Generate Alpha?

Back in 1984, Warren Buffett wrote an article entitled “The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville” (referring to the book Security Analysis co-authored by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd) in which he argues that passively managed funds can generate alpha for investors (beat the market) more so than actively managed funds. In the July issue of Advisor Perspectives, Larry Swedroe […]

Landing a Hole-In-One with Buffett

It’s not unreasonable to assume that many a golfer discusses the stock market while rolling over the back nine. But for fund manager Jamie Wilhelm, golf and investing represent his life’s passions. In a recent Barron’s article, he discusses how investment guru Warren Buffett has influenced his market approach. Years of competitive golf taught Wilhelm […]

7 Investing Tips From Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett “doesn’t . . . encourage the average individual investor to try to mimic his success,” but rather . . . to do exactly the opposite,” according to a recent Yahoo Finance post. The piece compiles 7 investment tips drawn from Buffet’s “more popular insights on investing,” which are reflected in the quotes from […]