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...

Google, Apple, and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, if it were a business, would be considered a cash cow. In fact, Saudi Aramco, the country’s oil company that was once a joint venture with one of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil descendants but was nationalized decades ago, is the most profitable business in...

Talk at Markel and Some Quick Thoughts

A few weeks ago, my good friend Saurabh Madaan (a former Googler who now works at Markel with Tom Gayner) invited me to come to Richmond to chat about a few investing ideas with Mr. Gayner and a few other “Markelers” (if there are Googlers, why can’t...

Google: Another Bargain in Plain Sight

It goes without saying that Google is one of the world's greatest companies. It provides a tool that has revolutionized the way that a large swath of the world's population conducts its work and it nearly instantly satisfies our insatiable thirst for knowledge and...

Buffett’s Blind Spot

I started re-reading Snowball over the holidays.  If you haven't read it, you should and if you haven't read it in a few years, 2018 might be a good time to pick it up again.  I joke with John that reading Snowball annually is similar to a Christian re-reading the...