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  1. questionIs Warren Buffett a conscious investor?
    Warren Buffett is very much a conscious investor. For example, he remarked to the shareholders in 1997 that he was once offered the chance to buy a company that manufactures chewing tobacco. He and Charlie Munger, his vice chairman, knew that it was going to do very well and subsequently it has ...
  2. questionDoes Warren Buffett visit companies or talk to management?
    When asked this question during the Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in 2003, he replied, “About 40 or 50 years ago, I did a lot of talking to managements. I used to go out and take a trip every now and then and drop in on maybe 15 or 20 companies. I haven’t done that for a long ...
  3. questionWhat sources of information does Warren Buffett use?
    Here’s what he answered to this question when he was asked it at the Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in 2003 as reported in OID (Vol XVIII, Numbers 3 & 4). “We read a lot—we read daily publications, we read weekly or monthly publications, we read annual reports, we read 1 ...
  4. questionWhat does Warren Buffett think of forecasts by analysts and market commentators?
    On many occasions Warren Buffett says that he never looks at forecasts by analysts and market professionals. For example, at the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in 1992 he said, "If we find a company we like, the level of the market will not really impact our decisions. We will decide comp ...
  5. questionWhat would you say is the key secret of Buffett?s methods?
    There is no single secret. But one important key is to focus on the fundamental question of what return you can expect, and not on whether the company is undervalued or overvalued according to some theoretical model. This, in the end, determines whether an investment is going to be successful o ...
  6. questionIf Buffett is such a great investor, why have there been periods when the share price of Berkshire Hathaway has done so poorly?
    The main thing here is that Buffett has no control over the share price of Berkshire Hathaway. In his interviews and reports he never mentions the price, except to say that he would like it always to be roughly equal to the intrinsic value of the stock itself. For example, each year in the Annu ...
  7. questionTo benefit from Warren Buffett?s investing genius, why don?t I just buy shares in Berkshire Hathaway?
    Berkshire Hathaway is a great company. But as Warren Buffett has said, you can still pay too much for the greatest of companies. This is the difficulty in deciding whether or not to invest in Berkshire Hathaway, how to determine the price you should pay for its stock. To do this, at the very le ...
  8. questionFrom time to time it is reported that Buffett has said he can't find any companies that he likes. If he can't, how can we?
    Warren Buffett regularly says that he can't find stocks that he likes. Then a few months later you find that he has been doing quite a lot of buying in the stock market. More specific points are: 1) The market changes on a day to day basis. So even though Buffett may have said this, it may not ...
  9. questionHow many stocks are there in the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio?
    Warren Buffett is very secretive about the actual holdings of public companies in the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio. In the Annual Report of Berkshire he only publishes what he has to under the SEC regulations. In a recent annual report he listed the following companies as his main holdings: Ame ...
  10. questionDoes Warren Buffett use a computer?
    Not only does Warren Buffett not use a computer for his investing, he does not even use a calculator. In the mid 1980s when he was asked about calculators, he replied, "I never owned one and wouldn't know how to use one if I did." (See Chapter 86 of the book by Andrew Kilpatrick, Of Permanent V ...