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Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing Hardcover – March, 2010
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In this engaging new book, author Prem C. Jain extracts Warren Buffett’s investment wisdom from Berkshire Hathaway annual reports, Buffett’s letters to shareholders and partners in his partnership firms, and as many of Buffett’s other writings as he could find—thousands of pages written over the past fifty years. Through this effort, Jain uncovers the key elements of Buffett’s approach and offers an accessible way to apply it to your own investment endeavors.
With Buffett Beyond Value, you’ll quickly learn that, contrary to popular belief, Warren Buffett is not a pure value investor, but a unique thinker who combines the principles of both value and growth investing strategies. You’ll also discover why Buffett emphasizes the importance of high-quality management above many other metrics when evaluating a company he’s interested in.
Written for anyone serious about stock market investing, this unique guide skillfully outlines the proven principles Buffett has followed over the course of his long and successful career and shows you what it takes to make them work for you. Topics include:
How to build a diverse and profitable portfolio the Warren Buffett way
Why you need an appropriate psychological temperament to be a successful investor
Buffett’s thoughts on market efficiency and the ways in which you can incorporate them into your investment decision making
How issues related to profitability and accounting can provide you with a perspective that is uncommon in investing circles
Why Buffett thinks differently from others about portfolio diversification, corporate governance, and much more
If there’s one person worth listening to when it comes to investing—whether you’re an individual investor, a student, an academic, or a professional portfolio manager—it’s Warren Buffett. And with Buffett Beyond Value as your guide, you’ll gain valuable insights that could enhance your understanding of investing and improve your ability to make more profitable decisions in today’s markets.
From the Back Cover
—BURTON MALKIEL, Professor, Economics Department, Princeton University; author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street and The Elements of Investing
“This is required reading for all Buffettologists looking for more than just sound bites and folk wisdom in their quest to peer into the mind of one of the greatest investors of all time. Read this book slowly and savor every page while sipping a Cherry Coke!”
—ANDREW W. LO, Harris & Harris Group Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
“What better way to become a successful investor than to study the teachings of Warren Buffett? And, what better way to study those teachings than to read Buffett’s forty-year writings contained in his annual reports? Prem C. Jain jump-starts those lessons by culling Buffett’s most salient investment secrets and summarizes them in a wonderful and easy-to-read book.”
—HOWARD M. SCHILIT, author of Financial Shenanigans; founder, Financial Shenanigans Detection Group
“Post the 2008-2009 financial crisis, everyone from New York to New Delhi is looking for investment advice. The advice has just arrived! Prem C. Jain’s lucid, accessible encapsulation of Buffett’s investment wisdom is a page-turner—it’s full of investment nuggets and entertaining anecdotes, and yet the write-up is faithful to economic theory. Buffett’s investment thesis is now out in the open, and therefore may a thousand Buffetts bloom!”
—S.P. KOTHARI, Managing Director, Blackrock; Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Top Customer Reviews
The rest of the book is largely a rehash of the annual reports and I think it is better to directly read the primary sources because this book misinterprets some of Buffett's writings. For example the author assumes Buffett pays a premium for a business because of "the potential growth". This is not true because Buffett in his reports makes it abundantly clear that if a business could grow by $1 but consumed $100 of capital in the process, this "growth" would be destructive for shareholder value. It may seem that I'm nitpicking here but anyone who reads Jain's book and runs out and start paying a premium simply for "growth" would risk doing great violence to their wealth. The book contains a number of these partial truths and inconsistencies.
Overall I would recommend skipping the book and directly reading shareholder letters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not an investor and I am not ready to start. I read this book purely to understand the framework that a master uses in one area of life to see if I could apply it elsewhere. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hans Palma
I am glad I read "Buffett Beyond Value" as I very much enjoyed it. It is clearly written and captures the essence of Buffett Investing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rh Sing
Looking at the positive reviews, you can tell they were all written by friends or colleagues of the author, because none of them give any indication of having read the book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mike Finn
Many good insights here for investors, specifically: intrinsic value methods, importance of good management, short term investments most often to be avoided, look long term with... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Richard Boettcher
The author clearly captures Buffet's strategies through intensive research of his annual letters. He is convincing in his analysis of why long term market beating returns are a... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Kusum Narang
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a good primer for the investor looking to understand Warren Buffett and his methodologies.Published on September 1, 2013 by Sterling P. Anders Jr.