Inside the Investments of Warren Buffett: Twenty Cases

Hardcover | August 9, 2016

byYefei Lu

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Since the 1950s, Warren Buffett and his partners have backed some of the twentieth century's most profitable, trendsetting companies. But how did they know they were making the right investments? What did Buffet and his partners look for in an up-and-coming company, and how can others replicate their approach?

A gift to Buffett followers who have long sought a pattern to the investor's success, Inside the Investments of Warren Buffett presents the most detailed analysis to date of Buffet's long-term investment portfolio. Yefei Lu, an experienced investor, starts with Buffett's interest in the Sanborn Map Company in 1958 and tracks nineteen more of his major investments in companies like See's Candies, the Washington Post, GEICO, Coca-Cola, US Air, Wells Fargo, and IBM. Accessing partnership letters, company documents, annual reports, third-party references, and other original sources, Lu pinpoints what is unique about Buffett's timing, instinct, use of outside knowledge, and postinvestment actions, and he identifies what could work well for all investors in companies big and small, domestic and global. His substantial chronology accounts for broader world events and fluctuations in the U.S. stock market, suggesting Buffett's most important trait may be the breadth of his expertise.

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Since the 1950s, Warren Buffett and his partners have backed some of the twentieth century's most profitable, trendsetting companies. But how did they know they were making the right investments? What did Buffet and his partners look for in an up-and-coming company, and how can others replicate their approach?A gift to Buffett followe...

Yefei Lu is a portfolio manager at Shareholder Value Management AG, a value-investment company based in Frankfurt, Germany. Previously, he worked for a single-family investment office in Munich and for McKinsey & Company in Berlin. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Stanford Uni...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780231164627

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: The Partnership Years (1957-1968)1. 1958: Sanborn Map Company2. 1961: Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company3. 1964: Texas National Petroleum Company4. 1964: American Express5. 1965: Berkshire HathawayPart II: The Middle Years (1968-1990)6. 1967: National Indemnity7. 1972: See's Candies8. 1973: The Washington Post9. 1976: GEICO10. 1977: The Buffalo Evening News11. 1983: Nebraska Furniture Mart12. 1985: Capital Cities/ABC13. 1987: Salomon Inc.-Preferred Stock Investments14. 1988: Coca-ColaPart III: The Late Years (1990-2011)15. 1989: US Air Group16. 1990: Wells Fargo17. 1998: General Re18. 1999: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company19. 2007-2009: Burlington Northern20. 2011: IBMPart IV: Lessons Learned21. Evolution of Buffett's Investment Strategy22. What We Can Learn from BuffettAppendix AAppendix BNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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uniquely valuable, information-packed volume.... By digging up long forgotten annual reports and sharing his own thoughtful insights, Yefei Lu does an excellent job filling in the missing pieces of the puzzle in understanding how Buffest invests.