Ben Graham

Net-Nets: A Riddle Wrapped in Mystery Inside a Cigar Butt

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I received a couple questions/comments from readers lately regarding Buffett and some previous comments I made on strategy before and after the Berkshire annual meeting. I always enjoy interacting with readers. The vast majority of my days are spent researching new investment ideas, so I can’t always respond to everything, but please feel free to email me questions/comments to john@sabercapitalmgt.com. I read all my emails even if I don’t always have time to respond. When possible, I’ll respond individually, or […]

Mohnish Pabrai

Mohnish Pabrai: Think Differently to Achieve Different Results

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I recently came across two videos with Mohnish Pabrai. Readers here know that Mohnish is one of my favorite investors to listen to. He is extremely generous with his time, and he has a genuinely interested attitude toward his audience. You can tell that he truly enjoys teaching others about his investment experiences. Pabrai has given numerous lectures over the past year, and I wrote a summary of one that I thought was particularly interesting here. In that post, I […]

Charlie Munger

Some Thoughts on the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

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I had a great time in Omaha this past weekend. I got to meet with a couple clients, reconnect with some like-minded value investors, and meet some new friends as well. And of course, being in the same building with two of the greatest investment minds in history is something special. I wanted to make just a few comments on a couple things in my notes from the weekend. This is by no means a comprehensive summary—and there are many […]

Superinvestors

Great Investor Glenn Greenberg Discusses His Investment Philosophy

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I recently watched a video lecture at Columbia from 2010 with Glenn Greenberg of Brave Warrior Advisors, and thought I’d share some thoughts. Greenberg is one of the best investors of the past 3 decades. His track record over that period is excellent. From 1984 to 2009, he and his partner Jon Shapiro ran a firm called Chieftain Capital, where they produced annual returns in the mid-20’s until 2008, when Chieftain lost 25%. The next year, Greenberg and his partner […]

General Thoughts

Thoughts on Ted Weschler’s Largest Holding and Excellent Long Term Results

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“I found that the entire fund industry worked a certain way, and that their results reflected the mediocre way in which they operated.” – Mohnish Pabrai, recalling an important discovery he made at the outset of his investment career I’ve mentioned before that I keep a list of investors who I’ve studied that have achieved long term returns (over a decade or preferably longer) of 20-30%+ annual returns. It’s a relatively small list, but it is larger than you might […]

Investment Philosophy

Buffett on How to Think About Stocks

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“Investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike”. – Ben Graham, The Intelligent Investor This is the time of year that I always look forward to for a variety of reasons. Spring is near in my area of the United States, college basketball tournaments will be captivating audiences around the country, the azaleas will soon be in full bloom at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of my favorite golf major), and my personal favorite: the slew of annual […]

Shareholder Letters & Reports

Eddie Lampert 2014 Shareholder Letter

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“Messer Hubbard and Bell want to install one of their “telephone devices” in every city. The idea is idiotic on the face of it. Furthermore, why would any person want to use this ungainly and impractical device when he can send a messenger to the telegraph office and have a clear written message sent to any large city in the United States?”  —Excerpt from a Western Union internal report in response to an offer from Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of […]

Education

1987 Berkshire Letter and Buffett’s Thoughts on High ROE

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I am in the midst of writing a few posts on the importance of Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). I wrote two posts last week discussing Greenblatt’s formula and some thoughts on the topic (Here and Here). I’ll have one or two more posts next week discussing a few brief examples of compounders (companies that exhibit unusually high returns on capital over extended periods of time, allowing them to grow–or “compound”–shareholder value over long periods of time). There always seems […]

Investment Philosophy

Thoughts On Return On Capital And Greenblatt’s Magic Formula Part 2

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In part 1 of this post, I mentioned I caught a video interview with Joel Greenblatt at Morningstar. In the video, Greenblatt talks about indexing, and things that are not necessarily interesting to me and my investment strategy, but he also had some brief comments on Return on Capital. In the last post, I discussed the basic method that Joel Greenblatt uses to define Return on Capital. I also discuss some of the fundamentals and the importance of this key […]

General Thoughts

Thoughts on Return on Capital and Greenblatt’s Magic Formula Part 1

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I recently watched a video of Joel Greenblatt with Morningstar. Most of the video discusses the index approach to investing using a value weight (as opposed to equal weight or market weight, which most indexes use). I’m not that interested in indexing, although for individuals who want completely passive exposure to stocks, value weighting certainly makes much more sense to me than market weighting (because market weighting systematically buys more of a stock as it goes up, thus forcing you […]