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Buffett's Bites: The Essential Investor's Guide to Warren Buffett's Shareholder Letters Hardcover – March 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071739327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071739320
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L. J. Rittenhouse is president of Rittenhouse Rankings Inc., an investor relations company that advises managements on building programs that promote candor, accelerate execution and strengthen financial valuation.  Her firm publishes the annual Rittenhouse Rankings CEO SurveyTM, the world's only benchmark that measures CEO Candor and correlates these rankings with financial performance, an essential corporate service.

Warren Buffett, Jack Bogle and other executives have recognized Rittenhouse's unique contributions to focus the corporate sector on the strategic value of straight talk, common sense and a fierce dedication to basic economic and accounting principles.

Rittenhouse is the author of Buffett's Bites and Do Business with People You Can Tru$t, both featured selections at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting.  She has an MBA from Columbia University and is a founding member of the non-profit, Families with Children from China.

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L.J. Rittenhouse, is a trust expert, financial strategist and innovation coach to the FORTUNE 20. A former investment banker, Rittenhouse is the author of the new nationally-released book, Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions by Decoding CEO Communications [McGraw-Hill Jan. 2013], Buffett's Bites [2010], and Do Business with People You Can Tru$t [2002], all featured selections at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting bookstore.

Named one of the top 100 U.S. Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Behavior, L.J. is Founder and President of Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc., an executive advisory firm that shows companies how to strengthen leadership and improve valuation by aligning the corporate culture with trust-building communications. Her company measures organizational trustworthiness to reveal investment potential and links candor with market performance.

www.RittenhouseRankings.com

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And you will learn A LOT about money--yours and everyone else's.
Nan E. Elliot
You will learn a great deal about "The Warren Buffett principle" and shareholder letters, and much more.
Donald Erickson
This is a must read for not only the savy investor but for the investor neophyte such as myself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Healy on August 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read Buffett's Bites as a non-professional investor in mutual funds, as someone who wanted to learn something about how Warren Buffett became the second richest man in the US. This little book helped me to understand Mr. Buffett's methods for making money with Berkshire Hathaway, without having to read a long financial biography, and it educated me on the subject of making investments in general.

The author is president of Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc., a company which works with corporate leaders to improve their communication with their shareholders. She finds Warren Buffett's annual letters to his shareholders exemplary for their good explanations and their candor.

She has selected quotes from Mr. Buffett's shareholder letters since 2005 and added her comments, explanations and analogies. There are 25 of these "bites" from Mr. Buffett. Although some of them seem redundant, I learned a lot about Berkshire Hathaway from reading all 25 of the bites. However, a small-potatoes investor might not be able to use many of the tips directly for his/her own investing. How does a harried public school teacher, or a health worker or retail salesperson "find CEO's who treasure cash," or "find CEO's who pick outstanding managers," or "find disciplined CEO's who maintain float"? The small bites of Mr. Buffett's wisdom are really short insights into what he and his expert staff presumably do all day in their Omaha office.

Some of the bites chosen by the author are reassuringly straightforward, such as "buy quality merchandise [shares] when it's [they're] marked down," and "ignore sound bites that rattle markets." She and Mr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred Runkel on June 14, 2010
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This book had me hooked from the first page - I couldn't put it down. With wit and insight, the author practices what she preaches - she tells the truth. I didn't expect a book like this to be exciting, but it is. The freshness and sharpness of the analysis are part of it (this is how I can be a more thoughtful investor). But perhaps even more stimulating to me is the clear recognition of the ideals and values underlying Buffett's practices. This book is inspiring. I'm giving it to friends and family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caren Byrd on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book and couldn't put it down
Insightful and well-written
Provides a helpful way to understand a "master investor" with practical tools to improve your personal investment decisions!
You will definitely enjoy and benefit from reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John W. Taylor on May 14, 2010
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Reading "Buffett's Bites" has been such a breath of fresh air! I I spend my days battling the "conventional wisdom" of Wall Street and trying to get investors to see that the quality of disclosure indicates the quality of leadership. It is so frustrating to see how common sense and decency are completely removed from most financial transactions and reporting. Reading this book has gotten me to realize there are others who see the light.

Mr. Buffett's strategy of working with trust-worthy management teams, paying a reasonable price, and staying committed to your partners will remain valuable, regardless of the next "technology boom" or IT revolution. However, his principles are more than just a sound investment strategy, they are life principles. This should be required reading for all business majors!

John W. Taylor
Tiarta LLC
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nan E. Elliot on April 27, 2010
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I learned more about business from reading Rittenhouse's little book on the legendary "Oracle of Omaha" than in any economics course or investors' seminar. It is wonderfully written--short--with stories within stories. It's funny. And heart-warming. And you will learn A LOT about money--yours and everyone else's.

You will also learn a lot about what our mothers said was "the rarest thing in the whole world"--common sense. And even "obfuscation". (And not just how to spell it.)

With rapier swords (and wit!), one financial genius and one extraordinarily bright and engaging author will help you navigate the murky waters of high finance. It's a joyful sail. (And good reading for a short plane ride.)

Don't miss this little gem.

My only disappointment is that the publishers didn't put the photo of Buffett with the Sees Candy box tucked under his arm on the cover rather than on the title page. But they will surely remedy this in the second edition.

Nan Elliot
Author/Filmmaker
Anchorage, Alaska
April 27, 2010
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Barone Rosanio on August 22, 2010
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Buffett's Bites is a Must Read for anyone who works in Corporate Communications. Laura Rittenhouse has brought us the best of Buffett in manageable portions, and the result is a recipe not only for how to communicate but for how to work and live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mckibben on May 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever felt like a total outsider when it comes to the world of finance, this is the book Buffett's Bites: The Essential Investor's Guide to Warren Buffett's Shareholder Lettersthat will open the door to that exclusive club. Rittenhouse so ably highlights Buffett's wisdom, it's a master class on high finance.

Her other book Do Business with People You Can Trust: Balancing Profits and Principles - Fifth Anniversary Editionis a great read and a great tool as well. You can check out her company [...], her annual ranks released each spring are invaluable.
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