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Berkshire’s Incremental Returns on Capital

I've written a lot about returns on capital, especially the importance of the returns a company gets on incremental retained earnings. The "returns on incremental capital" are critical in determining the ability of a business to compound its value. I recently did a...

Thoughts on Buffett’s Annual Meeting and Other Topics

I did a podcast with Tobias Carlisle recently, and one of the things we mentioned was the Buffett meeting and Berkshire Hathaway in general. I had a few thoughts I wrote after the meeting last month. Since I've had a few people asking my views on the meeting, I...

Phil Fisher’s Insight

I’m re-reading Phil Fisher's book Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits this weekend. I haven't read the book since 2006 and I noticed it on my shelf and decided to revisit it. I've always liked his common sense approach to investing for the long-term. He talks about how...

Advertising Dominance

I reviewed a number of "small tech" companies over the past week (Big Tech: FB, AMZN, GOOG, AAPL all reported earnings last week). I wrote some notes that touched on a couple of these small tech firms, but I as I read earnings report after earnings report from...

Why Traditional Value Metrics Haven’t Worked

Over the last five years I've heard a lot of value investors discussing how traditional "value stocks" haven't performed well for a long time. By value stocks, I mean the way they are traditionally defined (low price to book; low price to earnings, low EV/EBIT,...

History Rhyming or Is This Time Different?

The COVID-19 panic continues to wreak havoc on both the stock market and the economy, and the news continues to seemingly worsen with each passing day. In the midst of a crisis, it's imperative to maintain clarity of thought and a calm demeanor. This is difficult for...

Value Amidst the Blood in the Streets

Here is a passage from a note I wrote to Saber investors last week: "Be greedy when others are fearful" is the quote that is probably most often cited but yet rarely practiced in the stock market.  I rarely send out interim quarterly notes like this, and this is the...

Some Loose Leaf Notes on Earnings

"Earnings season" is very rarely any different for me than most other times of the year. One of the great things about owning quality companies is that they tend to be more predictable, and require far less maintenance. Not a lot changes from quarter to quarter. That...

Scale Isn’t Always Good and WeWork’s Problem

I am writing my quarterly letter to Saber investors, and one of the sections references WeWork's IPO debacle. I wanted to share some rough notes I have in my investment journal from some ideas I've been forming lately about scale, and how it's not always a good thing....

Facebook’s Adaptability to Change

I wanted to share some quick thoughts on Facebook. Someone leaked the audio of a meeting at the company where Mark Zuckerberg took questions from various employees on a variety of matters. The Verge published the transcript of the Q&A, and the entire article is...