“Only buy something that you would be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.” Buffett Phil Knight started out as a retailer under the banner of Blue Ribbon Sports. Knight was selling Tiger brand running shoes. Fairly quickly, due to negotiations over product design, product
Suzuki Violin is a method for teaching violin. There is a set of books that contain numerous songs that the children learn in order. If you go to an early violin recital for Suzuki students, you might hear 5 different children playing a simplified version of Twinkle, Twinkle because it
I wanted to write a few thoughts on Apple’s earnings. This isn’t comprehensive nor exhaustive. If you would like to discuss Apple in more detail, feel free to email me below to schedule a call. A good business produces enough cash to do two things. First, the business will be
Long ago in a place far, far away (well actually just Germany), my roommates and I agreed to speak only German, despite all being native English speakers. The adult figure among us, Page, was a big soccer fan. If someone spoke in English, Page would approach that person and pull
Six months ago I read a transcript of an interesting exchange between a CEO and an analyst. The analyst posed a frank question about the future prospects to an incoming CEO. Her reputation was stellar. Her pointed response made me note the conversation. I wanted to come back later and
Some investors think a business is good, but know that management is bad. These investors justify the investment based on the idea that the great price of the business is worth the bad management. This is akin to marrying a supermodel who is going to yell at you all day. Whatever pleasure your eyes may derive from the marriage, your ears will endure a greater amount of pain in the long run. The pocketbooks of those partnering with bad management are likely to see a similar 50%+ decline in their net worth.
Bird by Bird is, in my opinion, a poor book with an excellent chapter on First Drafts, namely “Terrible First Drafts.”* I quote below: Now, practically even better news than that of short assignments is the idea of ‘terrible’ first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they
There is a huge element of “unknowns” in investing. A business is a highly complex organism that is evolving and changing each day, not to mention that the environment and its competitors are doing the same each day, sometimes at an alarming rate. These unknowns force a passive investor to