Buffett’s Investing Advice

Billionaire investing phenom Warren Buffett shares a synopsis of his career path history in a recent article for Forbes, recalling his early passion for reading about investing and the heavy influence his father had on his career choice. “If he’d been a shoe salesman, I might be a shoe salesman now,” quips Buffett. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO reminisces how he had read every book on investing in the Omaha Public Library by the time he was 11, “some of them more than once,” and how Benjamin Graham’s tome The Intelligent Investor “became the largest influence on my investing life by […]

Would You Fire this Guy?

By John Reese — If there’s one thing that’s hard to persuade investors to be, it’s patient. The urge to chase the hot idea or the manager with the dazzling recent track record is incredibly powerful. The resolve to resist crowd mentality can falter when it seems as if everyone else is winning and you’ve been left behind. Imagine hiring a manager in 1997 and for the three year period to 2000, he clocks a gain of 65 per cent. That sounds pretty good, but remember: It was the roaring 1990s, and the technology-fuelled boom was all anyone could talk […]

Buffett Wins his 10-Year, Million-Dollar Wager

Warren Buffett is the winner in the bet he made with finance professionals back in 2007 that, over the ten years between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2017, the S&P 500 would outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds (when performance is measured on a basis net of fees, costs, and all expenses). This according to an article in this week’s AEI. Ted Seides, co-manager of Protégé Partners, was the only fund manager to accept Buffett’s challenge. The following results are outlined in Berkshire’s 2016 letter to shareholders: “Buffett’s index investment bet is so far ahead,” the article states, […]

Buffett Converts BofA Warrants

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett secured an $11.5 billion gain by exercising warrants to purchase 700 million shares of Bank of America Corp., according to an article in Bloomberg. The share purchase will result in a $16.5 billion stake in the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank. In 2011, Buffett invested $5 billion in BofA in exchange for the warrants and preferred stock, assuaging doubts that the bank had insufficient capital reserves. Since that time, the shares have more than tripled. In a June statement, Berkshire telegraphed that it would convert its preferred shares to common once the bank increased its dividend. […]

Investors: Become “Unshakeable” With These Five Investing Commandments

By John P. Reese — Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for World War II. The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public as they faced the threat of mass air attacks. Today, the motto can be found on a seemingly endless array of merchandise ranging from coffee mugs to car seat covers. If only the notion was as widely embraced by investors as it is by slogan-loving shoppers. During these days when watching the news can be a disconcerting experience (on a good day), it’s especially paramount to keep calm and […]