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In the world of investing, the name Warren Buffett is synonymous with success and prosperity. Learn how Warren Buffett did it—and how you can too.
Building from the ground up, Buffett chose wisely and picked his stocks with care, in turn amassing the huge fortune for which he is now famous. Mary Buffett, former daughter-in-law of this legendary financial genius and a successful businesswoman in her own right, has teamed up with noted Buffettologist David Clark to create Buffettology, a one-of-a-kind investment guide that explains the winning strategies of the master.
* Learn how to approach investing the way Buffett does, based on the authors' firsthand knowledge of the secrets that have made Buffett the world's second wealthiest man
* Use Buffett's proven method of investing in stocks that will continue to grow over time
* Master the straightforward mathematical equipments that assist Buffett in making investments
* Examine the kinds of companies that capture Buffett's interest, and learn how you can use this information to make your own investment choices of the future
Complete with profiles of fifty-four "Buffett companies" -- companies in which Buffett has invested and which the authors believe he continues to follow -- Buffettology can show any investor, from beginner to savvy pro, how to create a profitable portfolio.
Stevin Hoover Hoover Capital Management Absolutely the best book ever written on Warren Buffett's investment methods.
Hoover Capital Management
Absolutely the best book ever written on Warren Buffett's investment methods.
About the Author
Mary Buffett is a bestselling author, international speaker, entrepreneur, political and environmental activist. Ms. Buffett appears regularly on television as one of the top finance experts in America. She has been the principal speaker for prestigious organization around the world. Ms. Buffett has worked successfully in a wide range of businesses including extensive work as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies. She lives in California.David Clark holds degrees in both finance and law, and in the late seventies was the founding member of the original Buffettologists - a small group of early Berkshire shareholders who studied the investment methods of Warren Buffett. He is now recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the subject and has written extensively on it. He lives in Warren Buffett's hometown, Omaha, Nebraska, and is the Managing Director of a private investment partnership.
Table of Contents
PART I: THE ART OF BASIC BUFFETTOLOGY
1. Before You Begin This Book
2. How to Use This Book
4. Investing from a Business Perspective
5. What Is Businesslike Investing?
6. Warren's View of Earnings
7. The Price You Pay Determines Your Rate of Return
8. The Corporation, Stocks, Bonds -- a Few Useful Explanations
9. Valuing a Business
10. The Only Two Things You Need to Know About Business Perspective Investing: What to Buy -- and at What Price
11. What We Can Learn from Warren's Secret Weapon: The Magic of Compounding
12. Determining What Kind of Business You Want to Own
13. The Theory of an Expanding Intrinsic Value
14. The Mediocre Business
15. How to Identify the Excellent Business -- the Key to Warren's Good Fortune
16. Nine Questions to Help You Determine If a Business Is Truly an Excellent One
17. Where to Look for Excellent Businesses
18. More Ways to Find a Company You Want to Invest In
19. What You Need to Know About the Management of the Company You May Invest In
20. When a Downturn in a Company Can Be an Investment Opportunity
21. How Market Mechanics Whipsaw Stock Prices to Create Buying Opportunities
23. Inflation and the Consumer Monopoly
24. A Few Words on Taxation
25. The Effects of Inflation and Taxation on the Rate of Return, and the Necessity to Obtain a 15% Return on Your Investment
26. The Myth of Diversifications Versus the Concentrated Portfolio
27. When Should You Sell Your Investments?
28. Warren's Different Kinds of Investments
PART II: ADVANCED BUFFETTOLOGY
29. The Analyst's Role in Ascertaining Earning Power
30. The Mathematical Tools
31. Test #1, to Determine at a Glance the Predictability of Earnings
32. Test #2, to Determine Your Initial Rate of Return
33. Test #3, to Determine the Per Share Growth Rate
34. Determining the Value of a Company Relative to Government Bonds
35. Understanding Warren's Preference for Companies with High Rates of Return on Equity
36. Determining the Projected Annual Compounding Rate of Return, Part I
37. Determining the Projected Annual Compounding Rate of Return, Part II
38. The Equity/Bond with an Expanding Coupon
39. Using the Per Share Earnings Annual Growth Rate to Project a Stock's Future Value
40. How a Company Can Increase Its Shareholders' Fortunes by Buying Back the Company's Stock
41. How to Determine If Per Share Earnings Are Increasing Because of Share Repurchases
42. How to Measure Management's Ability to Utilize Retained Earnings
43. Short-Term Arbitrage Commitments
44. Bringing It All Together: The Case Studies
Gannett Corporation, 1994
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, 1992
McDonald's Corporation, 1996
45. How Warren Got Started: The Investment Vehicle
46. Fifty-four Companies to Look At
47. Waiting for the Perfect Pitch