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Even Buffett Isn't Perfect: What You Can--and Can't--Learn from the World's Greatest Investor Paperback – Bargain Price, April 28, 2009
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In his introduction, Janjigian notes that to become a successful investor you must be an educated investor, and the best place to start is by examining Buffett's strategies. The author—vice president and executive director of the Forbes Investors Advisory Institute—doggedly follows Buffett's investment trail, scrutinizing the successes and failures of the world's pre-eminent investment celebrity. Janjigian's readable, engaging style carries the reader painlessly through the fundamentals and finer points of investing, assaying Buffett's buying strategies and research methods, while clarifying investment terms and summarizing key points. Although frankly admiring, Janjigian is never fawning and takes pains to make his material clear and compelling; his book is a rounded evaluation of the investment guru's strategies and a useful primer for business neophytes. (May)
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It’s refreshing to encounter a title about world-famous investment wizard Warren Buffett that doesn’t paint him as a superhero. Despite his many successes, Buffett has made mistakes and not always taken the right steps, as recounted in this measured, objective account that scrutinizes Buffett’s techniques and presents investment fundamentals and strategies. Unfortunately, Casella’s reading is somewhat lackluster. His careful, almost phonetic enunciation of some phrases and sentences makes it seem as if he is seeing the text for the first time. Although monotonous might be too strong a word, his performance could use a little more spark. Casual listeners may tune out, but those who stick with this “penetrating look at Buffett” will gain insight into the respected businessman and learn more about investment strategies. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The subtitle of the book, What You Can - and Can't - Learn from the World's Greatest Investor, perfectly describes the contents of the book.
This is what I liked:
- The mistakes are explained in great detail.
- The successes are also explained in greater detail, so you know that this book, despite the title, is not all about trashing Buffett.
- The author shows the discrepancies in what Buffett says versus what he does (taxes, for example: he is for the estate tax but is turning much of his estate over to foundations).
- The book was very readable.
The only thing I didn't like was that the author said that the Fama/French study showed spectacular monthly returns based on buying companies using price-to-book ratios. However, he doesn't explain the strategy that the study used. An explanation would have been very helpful. There is a note in the back of the book referencing the study, but I couldn't find anything more about it.
There's one big problem. You can't invest like Warren Buffett without having access to large amounts of capital (so you can guy up entire companies such as See's Candies and Geico Insurance). Also, you can't call up the company president and give him advice.
That aside, this book says, let's invest even better than Buffett by avoiding his mistakes.
The biggest problem is predicting or determining what Buffett is doing, deciding it's a mistake and then avoiding it.
Mistakes are only easy to spot in retrospect, not while you're making them. Guess what? What you think is a mistake may turn out to be a brilliant move.
The author goes after Buffett's political opinions, such as Buffett's stand on the estate tax. I agree Buffett is a hypocrite on this issue. However, analyzing political stances is useless for making money as an investor.
- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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