Read Warren Buffet’s letters

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They are really good. He writes like a grandpa who happens to be really smart and fun. If you’re new to investing, Warren Buffet is America’s greatest investor (I once called him the Snoop Dogg of investing). He still eats at the same restaurant and drives an old truck. He runs a fund call Berkshire Hathaway and writes a great letter detailing his successes and failures every year.

Read them. They’re a great way to learn why he makes his choices and how to evaluate investments.

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  1. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve even heard people say reading Buffett’s letters is like getting a “poor man’s MBA.”

  2. Warren Buffett may be good with money but I understand that his relationship with his wife is nothing anyone would want to emulate.

  3. What does Buffets relationship with his wife have to do with being a great investor?? Anyway, Buffets wife passed away a couple years ago. His annual letter to the shareholders is extremely entertaining and more informative than most other financial publications. I have so much respect for him.

  4. 1. Berkshire Hathaway is a company, not a fund. It’s more of a portfolio holding company, so yes, sort of like a fund, but it’s a company.
    2. His wife passed away a few years ago.
    3. Read “Buffett, the making of an american Capitalist” GREAT book.
    4. Good site, keep it up!

  5. anonymous analyst Link to this comment

    If you are trying to learn anything about investing and aren’t reading Buffett’s Shareholder letters, you’re cheating yourself out of some of the BEST and FREE investment advice on the street. READ THEM! They are straight forward and easy to understand.

  6. Buffett’s advice is priceless – he explains insurance companies better than anyone else out there – and gives you many doses of useful investment philosophy.

    Read the letters, or don’t call yourself a great investor.

  7. Hi,

    Can anyone here who have read Buffett’s letters share with us your own personal investing performance if you do invest on your own equities? The key performance I’m asking for is the annual compounded growth rate of your portfolio and for how long has it been sustained. Thanks.

  8. Warren Buffet is great but comparing him to Snoop Dog? Being someone who likes both Snoop Dog and Warren Buffet that is just not even a ballpark comparison. Otherwise the blog is great. Keep it up.

  9. from Warren Buffett 2005 shareholder letter – “When a problem exists, whether in personnel or in business operations, the time to act is NOW”. – “It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of who is CEO of a company. ” – “Except for token amounts, Berkshire shuns debt. Any other approach is dangerous.”

  10. If you want to be rich, buy a B share of Berkshire Hathaway and buy a plane ticket to Omaha, Nebraska for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, where Warren Buffet, and his partner Charlie Munger answer people’s questions (mostly financial) for about 5 hours.

    Berkshire Hathaway is a corporation, and Warren Buffet is the 2nd richest man in the world entirely due to investing.

    Anyone who creates over $40 billion dollars by investing is worth buying a share of stock and plane ticket to learn from.

  11. yeah i don’t think Warren Buffet should be compared to Snoop Dog, I think he is more of the Tupac in the Investment Biz. hahhahaha

  12. Mimi
    February 6th, 2007

    “Warren Buffett may be good with money but I understand that his relationship with his wife is nothing anyone would want to emulate.”

    He had a wife, and a mistress, wasn’t dishonest about it with either person, and allegedly ( http://feedlot.blogspot.com/2006/09/omaha-billionaire-warren-buffett.html ) they all got along pretty well. Sounds like a relationship LOTS of people would want to emulate. Props to him for being a great investor, and having some game to boot.

  13. Here is a nice excerpts of his 2009 letter to Berkshire shareholders …

    http://investmentscientist.com/2009/03/01/warren-buffets-letter-2009/