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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.

Review

“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.” (DailyWorth.com)

“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 (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This book lacks meat. I originally bought the book to read and then give to my wife as a more fun way to learn about how Buffett invests, but it really doesn't demonstrate much at all. It is a very superficial assessment of Buffett's investing strategies and really does not give you tools to invest well. I won't have my wife waste her time, its just not specific enough about examples. The author presents a bunch of research on how women invests and then very superficially shows that Buffett acts similarly. If you want to really read and learn about how Buffett invests and how you can model yourself read "The Warren Buffet Way" by Robert Hagstrom. That book change my perspective entirely.
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Louann succinctly explains the science and studies showing that females are better investors than their testosterone charged, super confident, male counterparts. And yes, us males, with our at times large, yet fragile, egos may have a hard time accepting this fact. This is a must read for anyone who has or is interested in investing in individual stocks or selecting from a broad range of mutual funds (yes, women are better managers there too). In investing, poor information is worse than no information. Having successfully invested in stocks for the last 17 years, I can tell you the information is spot on. The book is well written and easy to read and digest. Of course the challenging part is implementing the advice. Personally, my biggest challenge is to SLOW down as I’ve developed a bit of a trigger finger. Most of her advice is very simple to implement, but not necessarily easy. The author speaks to the emotional highs and lows of Mr. Market. The challenging part is staying the course when the market has his or her inevitable mood swings. The book is way more than the title and worth way more than the price. Highly recommend.
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I was browsing Barnes and Nobles and saw the paperback version of this book and saw "Motley Fool" at the top and bought it. It is a book that I wish I had had years ago. Very well written and Louann adds a little humor to make it more interesting. I enjoyed it so much, I ordered a copy for my son...I really ordered two copies, one for my son and one for my youngest daughter, but somehow my order was messed up and only got one, so I'll just have my son to give it to her when he finishes.
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Great book and easy to read. This book simply explains Buffet's investing tactics and grounded discipline that was made him the billionaire he is today. Also provides a great list of suggested reading to further your learning and interest.
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