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 […]

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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 […]

Investment Philosophy

Saber Capital Investor Letter – 2017 Mid-year Update

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I recently wrote my mid-year investor letter to my clients at Saber Capital Management. I thought I’d share that letter with readers, since I posted it to my firm’s website. If you’re interested, you can view the letter here (it is also embedded below): Saber Capital Investor Letter – 2017 Mid-year Update If you’re interested in receiving future Saber Capital investor letters, you can get on Saber’s email distribution list using the form on the sidebar of our website: Saber […]

Investment Ideas & Company Research

One of the World’s Widest Moats

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A year ago today, I wrote a short post on a company called Tencent Holdings (TCEHY), a dominant internet company in China and its ubiquitous crown jewel of an app platform called WeChat. I began studying that company for a few months, and last fall I bought some shares for the first time, adding some more shares in December. The stock has risen this year, but still offers significant value in my opinion, and I plan to hold my shares […]

Investment Ideas & Company Research

Returns on Capital and an Investment Idea

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A couple years back, I wrote a series on the topic of returns on capital (ROIC) and how significant its impact is on the long-term value of a business. As a long-term shareholder of a business, your ultimate investment result will be determined by the quality of that business over time. One way to measure quality is to figure out the rate of return that the company achieves on its own internal investments (as well as what that company does […]

General Thoughts

The Most Important Moat

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I recently wrote an investor note on some thoughts I have on customer value, and why I think it’s important when analyzing businesses. I thought I’d share that letter here: Saber Capital Investor Note: “Most Important Moat” (6/13/2017) In the note, I outline why I think that when you’re evaluating the durability of a company’s moat, it’s critically important to consider the value of a company’s product from the customer’s perspective. It’s a concept I’ve been thinking about for the last […]

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Berkshire Meeting Notes – Daily Improvement, Business Evolution, and Investment Strategy

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Last week I headed to Omaha to attend Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting. Nowadays, there is less of a reason to attend the meeting in person because it is available to watch online, but I love attending the event for all of the peripheral meetings that occur. It was a great weekend, and I got to connect with a few Saber Capital clients, as well as some good friends that I don’t see very often. No matter how long you’ve been […]

Books

The Behavior of Stock Market Manias

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I’ve heard more and more commentary/concern about the level of the overall market lately. With the market relentlessly marching to new all-time highs just about every day, I’ve even begun to hear the word “bubble” being used. While I certainly don’t think the market overall is cheap, and while I certainly believe it’s very possible that a bear market could occur at any time, we are definitely not in a bubble. Anyone who thinks that the current market is reaching […]