Charlie Munger

Two Berkshire Takeaways and Thoughts on Competitive Markets

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On a morning run a few weeks ago, I was listening to a talk by Alice Schroeder, author of the outstanding Buffett biography Snowball. She was discussing some things she learned from Buffett in front of an audience of Microsoft employees. Schroeder is always someone I like listening to. She’s an excellent storyteller, she has a thorough understanding of both business and investing, and she has had more access to Buffett’s files than any other outsider. The combination of these attributes […]

Case Studies

Discussion at Markel

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I sent this to Saber Capital clients last week, and I wanted to post it here on the site as well. Last month, I had the great privilege to visit Markel and speak with Tom Gayner and a few of his colleagues at Markel in Richmond, Virginia. Markel has always been a company that I’ve greatly respected, in large part thanks to the leadership of Tom Gayner, who has done an outstanding job stewarding the culture that the Markel family established […]

General Thoughts

Connor Leonard’s 2017 IMC Letter

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Long-time readers are likely familiar with Connor Leonard, but for those who don’t know him, Connor is a good friend of mine who runs the public securities portfolio at Investors Management Corporation. IMC is a holding company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The firm focuses on long-term ownership of outstanding companies in both the public and private markets. Connor has shared some thoughts with BHI readers in the past, including a post on Reinvestment Moats, Capital Light Compounders, as well as […]

Saber Capital Management

Saber Capital Annual Investor Letter

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Here is Saber Capital’s annual letter that I sent to my investors last week: Saber Capital 2017 Review If you’d like to get on Saber’s email distribution list, you can do so here. Some of the letters and write-ups I send to clients get posted here as well. This email list will receive some of the writing that I send out to my investors, usually one or two pieces of commentary every few months. Thanks for reading! John Huber is the […]

Investment Philosophy

Saber Capital Discussion with Googlers

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In late January, I had the great experience of visiting Google in Mountain View, California, where I had the chance to do meet with some Google employees to discuss investing (here are the slides from the talk). The timing was fortunate, as it was my good friend Saurabh Madaan’s last week as a Googler. In addition to his post as a senior data scientist at Google, the value investing community knows him for his side gig: hosting the Investing Talks […]

Books

Human Behavior and The Panic of 1907

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I recently wrote a post about a book I really liked called America’s Bank, by Roger Lowenstein. The book talks about the formation of the Federal Reserve, and the events that led to it. One of the major catalysts that started the process of banking reform was the Panic of 1907. What Caused the Panic of 1907? Basically, the Panic of 1907 was caused by a classic run on the bank, leading to the failure of the Knickerbocker Trust company […]

Books

The Interesting Story of the Founding of the Fed

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Roger Lowenstein wrote the first in-depth biography of Buffett in 1995 called The Making of an American Capitalist, an outstanding account that spans from Buffett’s early days in his partnership to the prime years of Berkshire’s growth. Lowenstein also wrote a book I like even better – one of my all-time favorite business books: When Genius Failed, which was the story of the LTCM collapse. There are lots of great lessons for investors to take away from that story, and […]

General Thoughts

Some Comments on Saber Capital’s Investment Approach

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I did an interview that was published on Forbes’ website last week. For readers who have some spare time this week in between your Thanksgiving prep-work and travel plans, feel free to give it a read. In the interview, we talk about my general approach to investing, some thoughts on a few companies including one of my investments (Tencent Holdings), as well as some opinions on active vs. passive investing. I mention in the interview that my approach could be […]

Charlie Munger

Buffett 1972 Letter to See’s Candies

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I recently came across a letter that Buffett sent to Chuck Huggins, the CEO of See’s Candies in 1972 (thanks to Marcelo Lima at Heller House for posting it). See’s is a case study that has been dissected from every angle, but this was a letter I hadn’t seen before, so I thought some notes I wrote while reading it. In the letter, Buffett attempts to give some general advice on the distribution, merchandising, and marketing of the chocolates. The […]

Charlie Munger

Thoughts on Cost of Capital and Buffett’s $1 Test – Part 1

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“I’ve never heard an intelligent discussion about ‘cost of capital’.” – Charlie Munger I read something a few weeks back that referenced some comments that Charlie Munger once made on the topic of cost of capital. Maybe these comments will be yet another unintelligent discussion of cost of capital, but I thought I’d share some notes I wrote down this past week as I gave this concept some more thought. This post will touch on Buffett’s $1 test, which is […]