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Amazon Exclusive: Louann Lofton on Writing Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl

“Get out of the car. Just get out of the car.”

That would be me, talking to myself, trying to calm my nerves, one brisk morning in late April, as I sat outside a brunch in Omaha, waiting to go in. Not just any brunch, mind you. But a brunch hosted by Warren Buffett, the greatest investor the world’s ever known, and the third richest (at last count) guy on the planet.

Thinking back to my childhood in Mississippi, growing up in a tiny three-stop-light town (literally – three!), I’d have never imagined I’d one day be face-to-face with the Oracle of Omaha. But, then, I’d have never imagined, either, that my father would die when I was just shy of 15, and that that traumatic experience would be the thing that would lead me, indirectly, to Buffett himself.

But life is funny that way, and the threads that connect events often aren’t visible to us until well after the fact.

Because my father died, it meant that I would inherit some money upon my 21st birthday. And because of that, I decided, about a year out of high school, to learn about investing, so I didn’t squander the opportunity presented to me by that money. It wasn’t an overwhelming amount of money—nothing that was going to set me up for the high life anytime soon—but it was enough that I knew I didn’t want to blow it. I also knew no one would do it for me, and had I not armed myself with knowledge, I was liable to spend it instead of saving it and investing it. That would have been a disappointing outcome. And I hated the thought of disappointing my father even after his death.

In my quest to learn how to invest, I stumbled across a book about this guy: Warren Buffett. I’d never heard of him, but the story of his life, and his success, looked interesting to me. It also resonated – small-town smarty-pants makes good in the great big world out there. It was what I hoped to one day do myself, in my own way.

So I read that Buffett biography (it was Andrew Kilpatrick’s book Of Permanent Value, many editions ago). And I loved everything about it. I loved how Buffett just did his own thing out in Omaha. I loved how his style of investing seemed to be focused on buying and holding quality companies for the long-term, versus following charts and trading patterns and all these other confusing things I was learning about.

It dawned on me that I could do what Buffett did, that I could invest that money in solid, well-run companies; companies I understood, companies I would be proud to own a part of. I didn’t have to chase the latest investment fad or load fancy trading software onto my computer. Buffett didn’t even have a computer!

Several short years after learning about Buffett and his incredible investing success, I discovered The Motley Fool, and was immediately drawn to its mission of empowering and educating individual investors. It was there—after working my way up to Editor-In-Chief—that I began to notice the groundswell of research on women and investing. Thanks to my familiarity with Buffett and, of course, my own gender, the connection emerged for me—and the idea for Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl was born.

Buffett inspired me as a young woman and would remain an inspiration for me, through investing mistakes and successes, through market rallies and market panics, through it all. I would have never imagined, looking back on that day when I first picked up that book on him, that one day years later I would write my own book on Buffett, and that that would be the thing that would allow me to meet him and to thank him for his influence on my life.

But that’s exactly what happened.

I did eventually manage to get out of the car that morning at brunch. And when I met Buffett face-to-face it was so comfortable, like seeing an old friend again. Because in a way that’s what he is to me, and to so many other investors who’ve learned from him over the years.

So I say it again here, for my father, for myself, and for anyone else who has been inspired by him: thank you, Mr. Buffett.


“You’ll have to read her book to see the criteria she used, but I’d say I probably plead guilty.” (Warren Buffett)

“At last, The Motley Fool hits on the real “secret to success” that dozens of other books on Warren Buffett have overlooked - temperament. A witty, well-researched roadmap.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future)

“A well-written, sound investment book....[A] fine, readable book which is of real practical help to investors.” (Andrew Kilpatrick, author of Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett)

“Lofton’s BFF-style advice is fun to read and well-worth taking, whether your chromosomes are XX or XY.” (Nell Minow, corporate governance expert)

“Through this refreshingly new approach to understanding Buffett, Lofton convincingly argues that both men and women can improve their stock returns by studying how women (and Buffett) have been more successful in investing.” (Prem Jain, author of Buffett Beyond Value: Why Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing)

“The essential ingredients of Buffett’s investing philosophy have been overlooked until now, argues author Louann Lofton in her new, must-read book. ...Go forth, buy the book, and love your inner Buffett.” (

“Before reading Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl, I thought that I had studied Warren Buffett from nearly every angle. LouAnn Lofton offers a new perspective on Buffett’s investment success.” (Lauren Templeton, co-author of Investing the Templeton Way: The Market-Beating Strategies of Value Investing's Legendary Bargain Hunter, and founder of Lauren Templeton Capital Management)

“Lofton lays out sound feminine and Motley Fool-worthy rules for investment that men would be wise to heed.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Thoroughly researched… [Lofton] has drawn up a blue-print for sensible stock picking that is relevant irrespective of whether you are male or female. (Daily Mail (London))

“Entertaining….The idea of using Mr. Buffett as the symbol for her investing approach is effective.” (New York Times)

“Lofton (and the Fools) do an admirable job of parsing out the tried and true tenets of smart, sound investing and hitting on how you can improve your investment returns.” (USA Today)

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Product Details

  • Series: Motley Fool Books
  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBus; First Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061567558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061567551
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LouAnn Lofton has been proudly investing "like a girl" since she was a girl. After losing her father at age 14, she resolved to take control of her own financial future and became obsessed with learning how to invest. Her quest led her to Warren Buffett in 1994 and The Motley Fool in 2000, where she rose to the position of managing editor of award-winning financial education website visited by more than five million visitors each month. "Warren Buffett Invests Like A Girl" is her first book--and the one that allowed her to finally meet her investment idol.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Investing Bookworm on June 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Easy to read and understand. The author stresses the importance of an investor's temperament, in addition to research skills, circle of competence, etc. This book is less technical / cerebral and more about personality / behavioral traits that result in more successful investing.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cams on July 10, 2011
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Based on a fun premise, this book is helpful to all investors, because it reminds them of the basic philosophy behind buy-and-hold investing.

It could also be a tremendous resource for high school, or introductory level, economics classes. Especially at all-girls schools. If I was a teacher, I'd definitely have my students read both the first and last chapter.

A great bonus is the appendices, containing 3 captivating interviews with fund managers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By on July 22, 2011
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There has been so much written about Mr. Buffett that "yet another" book about him and his investing philosophy has to really stand out from the crowd to get my dollars. Although I do not totally agree with the author's premise, this book is worth every cent.

One of the difficulties that I have is trying to explain why I like Berkshire's corporate attitude so much to my wife, my kids, and my friends. This book gives me words to help with that, and of course makes a great Christmas or birthday gift. That it makes the Motley Fool cut doesn't hurt either, although I would not buy it based on that alone.

Ms. Lofton has a story to tell, and comes across as credible. It is a quick read and a good one!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Ronald Hartman on July 14, 2011
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I bought this book for my son, age 42, who is a Motley-Buffett devotee. I read chapters of it when we go to babysit our 16 month old granddaughter once a week. I like it much better than the Motley's RuleBreaker/RuleMaker book I am simultaneously reading at home. I have been a momentum swing trader and not a value investor, using Vector Vest and a cadre' of other would-be "experts" (free and by subscription) - There is no one right answer in tumultuous times. Learning when to get greedy and when to get fearful and not be talked out of it takes some a lifetime - especially later bloomers - who lacked time or capital before retirement. This book is light and pleasant reading with large enough type for older eyes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thee~Classy~Gal VINE VOICE on January 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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This is my personal notes and highlights after reading "Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl and Why You Should Too," by Louann Lofton. You can see more reviews & videos on my channel [...] dot com/TheeClassyGal

Overall, an informative book that will be reread in the future. There are a couple chapters dedicated to temperament and how women in general are better investors because they produce results that are more consistent & persistent. I did not care for those chapters as much as I sought after real applicable knowledge to apply as an investor and create a profitable portfolio.

From an e-mail interview Author Lofton asked Prem Jain about Buffet's unique quality which he believes is his focus on the long term. Most people seek short-term returns. Buffett's level-headed temperament allows him to weather these fluctuations. His patience is another important characteristic that defines his investing style.

- Remember you're buying a piece of an actual business.
- Take the long view.
- Be patient.

Buffett's most famous and defining characteristics is his insistence on staying within his circle of competence or knowing what he knows ans knowing what he doesn't. It's critical that you know what it is you're investing in. He avoids technology companies. But the lesson for investors in Lofton's book is not to avoid technology just because Buffett does but rather we should understand and abide by our own circles of competence.

- Insist on an appropriate margin of safety.
- Avoid debt as much as possible.
- Stay within your circle of competence.
- Do your homework before investing overseas.

I respect Warren's optimism about America, our ability to overcome hardships and our future. He wrote, "Buy American. I Am.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Peterson on July 23, 2011
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LouAnn Lofton has done an excellent job of combining
a brief biography of Warren Buffett with an analysis
of his investment approach. If you are a "Buy and Hold"
investor it should be required reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank on August 9, 2011
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This is a fantastic book. Any investor or potential investor should read it. The book addresses one of the key mistakes investors make, that is trading far more than they should.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pleckglulb on July 30, 2011
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This book encourages the exercise of good sense. It is well written and edited. This isn't what people refer to as a "barn burner" but when has good sense ever had popular appeal?
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