Buffett Thoughts on GEICO in 1976

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I’ve been spending the vast majority of my time working on a number of new investment ideas, but I do find time to catch up on reading the paper. Earlier this week I came across a post on one of the Wall Street Journal blogs that posted a copy of an old letter that Warren Buffett sent to George Young at National Indemnity (a Berkshire owned insurance subsidiary) regarding his thoughts on GEICO. I’ve written a few posts on Buffett […]

Buffett’s Early Investments

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“The highest rates of return I’ve ever achieved were in the 1950’s. I killed the Dow. You ought to see the numbers. But I was investing peanuts then. It’s a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money. I think I could make you 50% a year on $1 million. No, I know I could. I guarantee that.” – Warren Buffett, 1999 Most Buffett fans have seen that quote. I recently had a few questions and comments that […]

A Few Key Links From 2013

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It’s the last day of the year, and everywhere you look are various “Top 10 lists”, “2013 Best Posts”, etc… Despite the title, this post is not such a list… I thought I would re-post some links to just a few things that I have read recently that I found interesting. It is more coincidence that I’m posting this on the last day of the year, and this is far from a comprehensive list of valuable things I’ve read this […]

Intelligent Investor: Consistent Base Hits & The Occasional Home Run

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This is one of my favorite passages from The Intelligent Investor. It’s a passage that I immediately gravitated to when I first read it, and it does a nice job of summarizing how I think about my investment approach: methodically making many different investment decisions that as a group end up yielding excellent results over time. To use a baseball metaphor… I like getting on base as often as possible: hitting singles. I’m always prepared for the home run ball, […]

Case Study-The Story of GEICO, Graham, and Buffett

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Geico is a company that is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. It’s an incredibly interesting company to study. I recently read an outstanding presentation on the company by David Rolfe of Wedgewood Partners. This post is my take… a short summary of the story of GEICO from the notes of that presentation. I recommend studying the presentation for more details on the company itself-I learned a lot by doing so. It’s a great case study. Now… for the story, […]