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

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 […]

Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger’s Most Important Concept (Takeaways from the DJCO Meeting)

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A couple weeks ago, I flew to Los Angeles to listen to Charlie Munger at the Daily Journal annual meeting. These days, you can read the transcript of these events or even watch it on YouTube, so there is less of a practical reason to attend the actual event. But the main reason I enjoy these events is to meet with people. I have as much fun at the peripheral gatherings as I do at the main event. It’s nice […]

Investment Philosophy

Saber Capital 2016 Investor Letter

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I recently wrote my annual 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: Saber Capital Investor Letter – 2016 Review I am also in the process of updating my firm’s website. This page will occasionally be updated with investor letters and other write-ups, notes, and commentary: Saber Capital Letters and Commentary If you’re interested in […]

Case Studies

Importance of Knowing Your Investment Boundaries (Sears Mini-Case Study)

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A few months ago we had an interesting post/discussion on the site where Matt Brice and I share some of our research and investment ideas. The topic was Munger’s ability to quickly discard an investment opportunity if it was something he didn’t understand or a business he didn’t like. The comment that Munger made regarding the business of cattle ranching was one of the key takeaways that stayed with me from the 2016 Berkshire Annual Meeting—in short, the discipline that […]

Industry-Banks

What is Your Edge?

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A couple months ago I read an investment write-up on a large-cap stock that is one of the most widely followed and largest companies in the S&P 500. There was a comment that basically asked the following question: “What is your edge with this stock?” The implication of this question is that there isn’t any edge to be had with large, well-followed stocks, but there is an edge to be gained with small, underfollowed stocks. This is a commonly held […]

Investment Philosophy

Two Important Investment Principles

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I was recently reading through some old investor interviews from the excellent Graham and Doddsville newsletter from Columbia Business School, and I came across an interview from Glenn Greenberg of Brave Warrior (formerly Chieftain Capital). A couple years ago I commented on a talk that Glenn Greenberg did at Columbia, where he discussed his investment approach. My own investment approach tends to fall in line with Greenberg’s investment philosophy as well as his portfolio management approach. Despite a few misses […]

Case Studies

The Competitive Advantage of an Owner-Operator

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I gave a talk at an investing conference in Philadelphia last week where I discussed my overall approach to investment along with three broad categories where I think investors could focus to gain an edge (I’ll share the slides in a later post). I don’t attend many of these industry events, but it is fun to attend them occasionally, as I got to meet with a few Saber Capital clients who live in the NYC/NJ/Philly area as well as other […]

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Buffett’s Three Categories of Returns on Capital

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“A truly great business must have an enduring “moat” that protects excellent returns on invested capital.” –Warren Buffett, 2007 Shareholder Letter A reader recently sent me the following clips from the 2007 Shareholder Letter that pertains to a topic that we’ve discussed quite a bit here: the concept of return on capital, why it’s important, and how to think about it. For those interested, you could review all the previous posts on the concept of ROIC here. Basically, I just […]

Investment Philosophy

Practicing a “Punch Card” Approach to Investing

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John Hempton, who runs a hedge fund and writes the blog called Bronte Capital, wrote a really interesting post over the weekend on investment philosophy. He basically calls out the majority of the professional money management community for cloning Buffett in word, but not in deed. His main point: many Buffett followers talk about the “punch card” approach to investing, but very few people actually implement this approach. Here is Buffett explaining the Punch Card philosophy: “I always tell students […]