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  1. What is the purpose of the Safety button in Conscious Investor and the Conscious Investor Wizard?What is the purpose of the Safety button in Conscious Investor and the Conscious... [Article]
    In 1949 Benjamin Graham, the mentor of Warren Buffett, wrote a famous book called The Intelligent Investor. In it Graham wrote that the three most important words in investing are “
  2. What books do you recommend?What books do you recommend? [Article]
    At an investing seminar in Los Angeles given by John Price he was asked to list the books on investing that he recommended. Before he could answer, Jim Butler, one of the seminar participants stated
  3. Can I evaluate every stock using Conscious Investor? Can I evaluate every stock using Conscious Investor? [Article]
    Warren Buffett says that he can only evaluate a “handful” of stocks and even then only when he uses ranges of values for the input variables. It is the same with Conscious Investor. Putt
  4. What is a circle of competence? What is a circle of competence? [Article]
    A circle of competence is a collection of industries or sectors that you understand the most. Or perhaps that you have the most interest in. Warren Buffett makes it very clear that it is important t
  5. Why does Warren Buffett consider that knowing your circle of competence is important?Why does Warren Buffett consider that knowing your circle of competence is impor... [Article]
    It is an essential part of investing like Warren Buffett to understand the company that you are investing in. Buffett explains, ?Draw a circle around the businesses you understand and then eliminate
  6. Is Warren Buffett a conscious investor? Is Warren Buffett a conscious investor? [Article]
    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
  7. Does Warren Buffett visit companies or talk to management?Does Warren Buffett visit companies or talk to management? [Article]
    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 tak
  8. What sources of information does Warren Buffett use? What sources of information does Warren Buffett use? [Article]
    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
  9. What is the difference between a franchise company and a commodity company?What is the difference between a franchise company and a commodity company? [Article]
    Sometimes Warren Buffett divides companies into franchise companies and commodity companies. A franchise company is another name for a company with a strong economic moat. In the 1991 Annual report
  10. What if the price has not dropped to my target price? What if the price has not dropped to my target price? [Article]
    Our rational mind tells us that if the price is above the target price, then you should not buy. But sometimes there is more to this than first appears. After all, we have put all this effort into a
  11. With so much terrorism in the world, perhaps this is not the time to invest in the stock market? With so much terrorism in the world, perhaps this is not the time to invest in t... [Article]
    In the well-known book Beating the Street, Peter Lynch describes annual meetings organized by Barron’s of eminent investors and money managers. He said that they would spend a great d
  12. What does Warren Buffett think of forecasts by analysts and market commentators? What does Warren Buffett think of forecasts by analysts and market commentators?... [Article]
    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
  13. Do you need a high IQ to be a successful investor?Do you need a high IQ to be a successful investor? [Article]
    Over and over Warren Buffett has emphasized that investing is not an area where a person with a high IQ beats a person with a lower IQ. For example, in an interview in Newsweek he said, "You donR
  14. What is a fat pitch in investing? What is a fat pitch in investing? [Article]
    Warren Buffett often uses analogies from different sports to make a point about the type of opportunities he looks for. A fat pitch is a pitch in baseball where everything is just right to hit it fo
  15. What is a conscious investor?What is a conscious investor? [Article]
    On one level any one uses the software Conscious Investor could be called a conscious investor. On another level the idea of a conscious investor is based on the concept of investors becoming aware
  16. What does an economic moat do? What does an economic moat do? [Article]
    A strong economic moat means that the company can price its products and services at highly profitable levels while at the same time the moat protects against changes in such things as: . the
  17. What does Warren Buffett say about economic moats? What does Warren Buffett say about economic moats? [Article]
    After teaming up with Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett has often talked about the importance of an economic moat for companies that he would consider investing in. Just as a moat around a medieval cas
  18. What are TARG and TARGD? What are TARG and TARGD? [Article]
    TARG and TARGD work in partnership with STRET and STRETD. The outputs of STRET and STRETD are an estimate of the annualized percentage profit return or rate of return from owning the stock. For exam
  19. What are discount cash flow DCF methods?What are discount cash flow DCF methods? [Article]
    The idea of discount cash flow or DCF methods is to try to calculate the intrinsic value of a stock. As Benjamin Graham wrote back in 1934, "Intrinsic value is an elusive concept. In general terms i
  20. What would you say is the key secret of Buffett?s methods?What would you say is the key secret of Buffett?s methods? [Article]
    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
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