What the wise man does in the beginning, the fool does in the end – Shares in the Berkshire Hathaway Textile Company could be had for around $7.50 when Mr. Buffett first started buying the stock for himself and his partners. It closed at $214,400 April 29th 2015. That’s an increase in excess of 2,850,000%. What a man and his vision:
Here are seven interesting things I learned about Warren Buffett from The Snowball, and some ideas on how they can help you’re investing:
- Buffett set goals young. (He really started, really young)
Buffet began obsessing over numbers as a child. He raced marbles with a stopwatch and calculated the lifespan of hymn composers when six-years old. He sold chewing gum at seven and Coca Cola when he was eight: the same year he began wearing a money-changer on his belt.
Continue reading “Warren Buffet and Berkshire’s 50th anniversary #BRK50”
The single greatest mistake investors make is to extrapolate recent history out into the future. They take the financial returns of the past 5 days or 5 years or even 50 years and assume the next few days or years will look just the same without any consideration for the historical context or conditions that provided for those returns.
They forget that, while ‘history may rhyme, it doesn’t repeat itself’ (Twain). Or that, “the only thing that is constant is change” (Heraclitus). These two famous quotes apply to the financial markets as much as anything.
Ignoring these truths and instead simply extrapolating is why investors are suckered into pouring money into the stock market only after a run of great performance. They believe that the recent gains are about to repeat to their great benefit when they should be thinking about what conditions allowed for those gains to take place and analyzing whether they are still relevant or not. Continue reading “History may rhyme it doesn’t repeat itself”
In this world of uncertainty where life do not has guarantee, people aspire for guaranteed returns. The recent posts done on my blog pertains to are market’s overvalued and volatility .That how a financial television especially is built on the idea of using volatility, wherever it may be, to capture eyeballs
The Warren buffet latest (2015) letter to the Berkshire Hathway shareholders is a great – great read especially from the page 24 onwards. Here is the link Berkshire Hathway Letter
Some of the smartest blogger have shared their thoughts on the volatility & risk from the letter .
Josh Brown writes:-
The modus operandi of a lot of Street denizens is to present something as a problem for you so that they can sell you the solution. By putting the fear of volatility in front of you as though it’s a serious long-term risk, the door is then opened for all manner of high-cost, horrifically ineffective products or strategies. My partner Kris likes to say “the easiest way to sell someone a map is by first convincing them that they’re lost.” Continue reading “Guaranteed returns & Guarantee of life”