Highlights from Berkshire Hathaway’s 2016 Letter to Shareholders

On Saturday, February 25th, Berkshire Hathaway released its much-anticipated 2016 letter to shareholders in which Warren Buffett presents his company’s results for the year and shares his inimitable insights and wisdom. Here are some highlights (Part I was posted yesterday): “Starting from scratch, America has amassed wealth totaling $90 trillion.” Meg McConnell of the New York Fed: “We spend a lot of time looking for systematic risk; in truth, however, it tends to find us.”… Read More

Highlights from Berkshire Hathaway’s 2016 Letter to Shareholders

On Saturday, February 25th, Berkshire Hathaway released its much-anticipated 2016 letter to shareholders in which Warren Buffett presents his company’s results for the year and shares his inimitable insights and wisdom. Here are some highlights: Berkshire has undergone a “gradual shift from a company obtaining most of its gains from investment activities to one that grows in value by owning businesses.” The company’ present course is to: Continue to build insurance operation; Acquire large and… Read More

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 to a relatively unknown but impressive investment win. Insurance companies rely heavily on data for their risk analysis and pricing.… Read More

Berkshire’s Close-Ended Investment Model – Simple and Successful

Every year, droves of shareholders attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, some lining up before sunrise to get front row seats. The high point of the event is the question-and-answer session with Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, celebrities in the investment world. It makes perfect sense that attendees want to pick the brains of these market moguls. They have enjoyed enormous success with the simple, closed-end fund strategy of establishing close engagements and long-term commitments… Read More

Top Value Investor Chris Davis on the Value in Financials

Chris Davis, chairman of the value investing shop, Davis Advisors, and portfolio manager of multiple Davis funds including the Davis Financial Fund, talks about a wide range of investing topics with WealthTrack’s Consuelo Mack.  One of the key points he makes early in the interview is that financial firms with the right culture and the right business can be “compounding machines” over many years or decades. Many financials are growth stocks disguised as a value… Read More

Fidelity Manager Shares Top Lessons Learned from his Berkshire Pilgrimage

Jamie Harmon, Portfolio Manager of Fidelity Advisor Small Cap, shared some takeaways from his 18 years of attendance at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. In an interview with Andrew Daniels of Morningstar, Harmon said, “I think the thing that I really focused on from this year is the importance of great management and how they [i.e. Buffett and Munger] try to find great management in the companies that they buy, and they try to nourish… Read More

All Things Buffett

In the spirit of Berkshire’s Hathaway’s annual meeting this weekend, we thought it would be good to put together a list of articles and links that may be interesting for Buffett followers. We’ll continue to update this from time to time as we find interesting Buffett-related commentary. Berkshire Hathaway’s annual letters (1977-2015) – Buffett’s shareholder letters are jam-packed with Buffett wisdom. Must-reads. If you don’t have the $219,000 to put up for Berkshire’s A shares,… Read More

Be Like Buffett: Go Low — Low-Beta, That Is

Conventional wisdom has long held that, in investing, greater risk leads to greater reward. But over the past couple years, new research has turned that idea on its head, and in his most recent Seeking Alpha article, Validea CEO John Reese looks at some of the implications for investors. “In Betting Against Beta, Andrea Frazzini and Lasse Pedersen found that [Warren] Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has beaten the market over the long haul by focusing on… Read More

Would Lynch, Buffett, and Graham Like Apple, Facebook, and GE?

How do Apple, Facebook, Berkshire Hathaway, and other market giants stack up against the strategies used by history’s greatest investors? In his latest column for Forbes.com, Validea CEO John P. Reese takes a look at how 10 market titans fare, and the results might surprise you. Reese notes that, historically, small stocks have beaten large stocks by a significant margin. Small stocks have an advantage because they can fly under the radar in a way… Read More