Neither we nor most business managers would dream of feverishly trading highly- profitable subsidiaries because a small move in the Federal Re- serve's discount rate was predicted or because some Wall Street pundit had reversed his views on the market.
After completing 4 books that year, he brought the challenge back for with a new list of books. DividendsReinvestment and stuff: - Shareholders would be far better off if earnings were retained only to expand the high-return business, Thinking Long-term Buffett says to ignore political and economic forecasts, and invest for the long-term.
Focus on Value Investing: - The value of any stock, bond or business today is determined by the cash inflows and outflows-discounted at an appropriate interest rate-that can be expected to occur during the remaining life of the asset.
Notes: 1 reputation is so valuable companies obtain the shareholder constituency that they seek and deserve. Market," an obliging fellow who shows up every day to either buy from you or sell to you, whichever you wish.
They are given a simple set of commands: to run their business as if 1 they are its sole owner, 2 it is the only asset they hold, and 3 they can never sell or merge it for a hundred years Buffett thinks most markets are not purely efficient and that equating volatility with risk is a gross distortion.