Adam Smith would disagree with my first proposition, and Karl Marx would disagree with my second; the middle ground is the only position that leaves me comfortable.
He never talks down to his reader. This might seem commonsense, but Buffett points out that most institutional investors in the s, under the spell of business school professors who contended that markets were totally efficient in establishing stock prices, considered underlying business values to be of little importance.
However, I also feel it inappropriate for even an exceptionally profitable company to fund an operation once it appears to have unending losses in prospect. Berkshire publishes The Buffalo News and owns other businesses that manufacture or distribute products ranging from encyclopedias, home furnishings, and cleaning sys- tems, to chocolate candies, ice cream, footwear, uniforms, and air compressors.
Better than buying a mutual fund with predictable and great returns. But even first-rate man- agers will sometimes have interests that conflict with those of shareholders.
In fact, this book is actually a compilation of excerpts from the Annual Letters Mr. Buffet, however, is a rare breed. The tenure sets a record for chief executive not only in duration but in value creation and philosophizing. The letters distill in plain words all the basic principles of sound business practices.
Preserves all content that makes this book a classic, including such topics as: That quality attracts an interested shareholder constituency to Berkshire, which flocks to its annual meetings in increasing numbers every year. Here I put some of the most sali I started with this book with a sort of apprehension.
Much of that teaching and practice eclipsed what Graham and Dodd had to say; Buffett is their prodi- gal pupil, stalwartly defending their views. Buffett recognizes the risk of popularizing his busi- ness and investment philosophy.
Returns should not be everything: Cunningham has arranged them. The first is not dwelt on in the essays but rather permeates them: They are given a simple set of commands: Cunningham opens this book with an appropriate excerpt from the essays of Michel de Montaigne: Radiating from these main themes are prac- tical and sensible lessons on mergers and acquisitions, accounting, and taxation.
Another area in which Berkshire has diverged from common corporate practices involves dividend policy. Consequently, the ideas have not been given the more widespread attention they deserve.
Whether Buffett would approve of Dunlap-style short-termism is not clear, but his own style of balancing short-term results with long-term prospects based on community trust is certainly differ- ent.
Hearing about his common-sense views of capital allocation and valuation is very useful as is the evaluation of egos in the C Suite mostly the CEO. Buffett has applied the traditional principles as chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, a company with roots in a group of textile operations begun in the early s.
Worth noting, these very letters are available, in their entirety, on the World Wide Web for free. Finally, in the last two sections, devoted to accounting matters, Buffett discusses the proper use of financial information.
Yet until now the letters existed in a format that was neither easily accessible nor organized in any thematic way. Investment decisions, rather than being based on opinions about short-term market prospects, instead should reflect judgments about long-term prospects of specific companies.
This book should continue to be judged on its content and organization, in which a distinctive investment and business philosophy is coherently articulated. Another common problem in corporate America that Buffett has attempted to solve is how stock options benefit executives in a manner detached from their real job performance.
Eventually, Buffett knows, the market will validate their decisions. Take corporate philan- thropy, for example. Their speculation is sometimes right and some- times wrong, but always foolish. Boasting that he was attacking the entire company, Dun- lap declared that his plan was as carefully plotted as the invasion of Normandy.
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