From the Presidential Medal
of Freedom presentation

Warren E. Buffett : as a world-known investor and philanthropist, Warren E. Buffett business acumen is matched only by his dedication to improve the lives of others. He is the co/founder of the Giving Pledge, an
organization that encourages wealthy Americans to donate at least 50percent of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

Warren Buffett’s example of Generosity and Compassion has shown us the power of one individual’s determination in inspiring countless women and men to help make our world a brighter place.

Last posts

“Price is what you pay..”

“..Value is what you get”. Just yesterday evening I’ve been asked a question that’s critical: “How do you know when is the moment to buy a stock?” It’s a very good question, let’s try to answer.

When you buy a business you want to assess a Value for this business. If someone shows you a property, a house for example, you naturally do the same thing. And then you look at the price, right? And immediately after that, you try to make a comparison with what you think is the “right price” that it means for you are looking for what we can generally call a “Value”.

If someone makes you a proposal to buy a Company you should do the same. You better ask yourself which is the Value of this business. With stocks this is particularly true because you are buying pieces of a business. You are going to pay a price for every piece of this business and this price can be different from what you really get. From their real value. The price is known. The Value has to be found…

(..to be continued..”)

The American Tailwind

I would like a little bit to talk about America and why I found so useful for me to learn from Warren and so enjoyable to spread his word to others. Without a true natural passion for everything that was coming from the States since ever, I would have never known about Warren Buffett. He is so underestimate in Italy and in Europe in general, where his story and Berkshire’s one is not well-known or known at all. And this is valid even among investors or financial pros. Probably it’s because his story can be fully understood if you are tuned well with a soundtrack that is profoundly American and nothing else. Warren has a vision, very well-thought, of how things in life and in the world work. He built this vision on something more than common sense and something more than business and financial principles. He deeply goes beyond that. He built it on facts nor on opinions, facts that are valuable. Facts supported by reliable datas that he carefully analyses. Constantly, open minded. Ready to change his mind and stay up-dated through continuos education across decades of experience. Experience in more than one field of business, and in more than one field of Life.

That’s his happiness, his passion, the way he wants to spend most of his day. The way he wants to live. Monies? Just his score. The main drive is the passion for business, the faith in America and the faith in the generosity of the people that believed in this country. I think those are the most important things you have to feel to share with him and be a natural part of yourself. Otherwise I don’t think Warren can be for you the same kind of hero he is for me.

In fact, I do believe in what Warren calls “The American Tailwind”. If you had put 1 dollar on the S&P 500 77 years ago, his investing life-time window, you’d have had today more than 5.000 dollars. Just betting on the entire American Business. With no decisions to make, no stocks to pick or anything. That’s a hurricane, more than a tailwind. When they ask me about my first or basic investing strategy my answer is: I do believe in America. I believe in the American Business. I believe in its numbers and even more I believe in the people of every color, origin, religion that with their generosity and willingness to work hard made this country the great promise it still is today. I don’t bet against them. I don’t bet against corporate America.I proudly invest and buy the best and more profitable pieces of the greatest economy in the world.

 

It all begins…with a huge pile of cash

Dal 15 settembre 2008 al 7 / 8 ottobre 2008 in un momento in cui nessuno comprava nulla e tutti vendevano azioni Warren impiegava 13 miliardi di dollari (e altri 3 miliardi erano “committed to the dow” e saranno impiegati) per un totale di 16 miliardi.

Primo insegnamento: era pronto a comprare. Perchè si riserva sempre un significativo ammontare di liquidità pronta in tempi brevissimi, praticamente immediati, ad approfittare di un affare improvviso in cui la tempistica fa la differenza. Probabilmente come ammetterà lui stesso col senno di poi, in quella finestra del 15 settembre – 8 ottobre compra troppo velocemente, anzichè il contrario. Ma poco male, non si puo’ prevedere nei dettagli la precisa lunghezza temporale di un ribasso significativo o di una correzione del mercato. Nemmeno se ti chiami Buffett!

Secondo insegnamento: sapeva cosa comprare. Cioè aveva perfettamente da tempo in mente i conti ed i bilanci di anni di fondamentalmente ottimi “business”. Ed era certo che queste compagnie erano ancora fondamentalmente ottimi business e sulla loro robustezza avrebbero superato brillantemente la crisi, e cosi’ è stato.

Terzo insegnamento: basa le sue decisioni su fatti. Fatti che sono concreti e valutabili, e se ne frega delle opinioni altrui. Come egli stesso dice: “Se ti basi su fatti valutabili, non hai piu’ o meno ragione se 1.000 o 10.000 persone la pensano come te o non la pensano come te”. La realtà non cambia perchè gli altri ci danno ragione o ci danno torto. La realtà è li’, immutata. In un certo senso ci osserva e ci dice : “Mi sai tu osservare approfonditamente?” “Ti prendi il tempo e lo sforzo di analizzarmi a fondo per valutarmi correttamente?” . Saperlo fare fa la differenza tra il fare o meno un sacco di soldi. A quel punto assimilato cio’ anche noi potremmo dire: “And it all begins with a humble penny..”

“The Stock Market non e’ li’ per istruirvi ma per servirvi”

E già solo da questo Buffett-monument-point potremmo far scaturire interessanti considerazioni per l’intera settimana a venire. Dimenticatevi proprio quindi il nome “azioni” e cominciate a pensarle ed analizzarle come pezzetti di un business. Saper poi valutare questo business è il punto cruciale per decidere se diventarne proprietari o starne lontani. Potrà essere facile o difficile dare una valutazione, ma è fondamentale saperlo fare. Ed essere selettivi. Chi è stato un valutatore, o come me un agente immobiliare sa bene che un buon incarico ed il suo successo partono da una corretta valutazione. Diversi “appraisers” arriveranno a diverse valutazioni. Anche se di poco. Le considerazioni e le variabili sono tante. Ma è un gioco fantastico ed affascinante. Ricordatevi : “Price is what you pay, but Value is what you get”. Il prezzo è quello che pagate, ma cio’ che state comprando e’ un pezzettino di una azienda che non cambia il suo valore perchè cambia il prezzo delle sue azioni ogni tre secondi. Se questo concetto non vi entra nelle vene in un microsecondo come fosse un’ iniezione..bè sarebbe meglio per il momento che non decideste autonomamente quali azioni comprare e quali no. Are we good? Esperti, traders incalliti, investitori, pundits, neofiti o anche solo curiosi…Fatemi sapere

“To a man with a hammer…”

And today we start with our Friday morning quote of the week. I hope it will help you to think, learn and remember that we all need good teachers that can change our lives. Warren has many quotes for us, and some are famous some aren’t, but all contain precious indications and are undervalued by most people because they seem too simple.

People are always looking for things to be difficult, otherwise they feel like they’re dealing with concepts not enough important, and not worth the efforts to be applied in their lives. Sometimes they also think that if something is not complex, it is not worth the big money they are spending for the business course they paid for. And so they need formulas, and greek letters to feel they’re in the big leagues and all. Believe me, I’ve been studying a lot too and probably so much to understand that Warren and Charlie Munger are right: “Don’t tell me when I’m going to die, but where. So I will never go there”. And as usual in the world of the investment a great part will be played by the emotional side of things. It’s so easy for me to suggest you: “Get to know what you don’t know and stay away from it”. But it’s that difficult for everyone to stay away from the crowd, to resist to the temptation of “speculate” rather than “investing”. It’s the “man with the hammer complex” that Buffett wrote in 1986: “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail”.  Think about it guys, have a nice week-end and feel free to comment and write me at marco@blikebuffett.com. I will answer.

And always remember : “Sometimes It could seem overwhelming, but if it’s possible, then go for it”

30 TH of AUGUST 2019 : Happy Birthday Mr. Buffett !

Buffett is a man of one kind. I started to study and be interested in the investor, and the teacher many years ago. And the more you discover the more you can tell that even among his “peers” (the same Graham and Doddsville environment) he expanded always his method and improved his own rules like no others.
It helped that this happened through a number of decades, making his life a piece of work we can all study or talk about. That’s what we want to do here. And have fun while doing what we like : improve ourselves everyday and eventually make some money along the way. So, “be like Buffett” means to do what you like first. To pursue your idea of happiness. There’s nothing wrong about liking the money, as he would say. But you must be, prior to that, a fanatic about your life, your job, your Independence. You got to have passion for what you do and enjoy your life everyday. Only in this case money will make you happy. Otherwise you can have a lot of money, but if you hate your life, you hate the way you earn money, that money wouldn’t make you happy anyway. And wouldn’t make you probably a better person anyhow.
So let’s start a journey, let’s go where the adventure is and let’s do everyday what it makes us happy. This website goes on line the 30 th of August 2019, the day in which Warren turns 89, another day in which he would say “I’m delighted to be here”.

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“Price is what you pay..”

“..Value is what you get”. Just yesterday evening I’ve been asked a question that’s critical: “How do you know when is the moment to buy a stock?” It’s a very good question, let’s try to answer.

When you buy a business you want to assess a Value for this business. If someone shows you a property, a house for example, you naturally do the same thing. And then you look at the price, right? And immediately after that, you try to make a comparison with what you think is the “right price” that it means for you are looking for what we can generally call a “Value”.

If someone makes you a proposal to buy a Company you should do the same. You better ask yourself which is the Value of this business. With stocks this is particularly true because you are buying pieces of a business. You are going to pay a price for every piece of this business and this price can be different from what you really get. From their real value. The price is known. The Value has to be found…

(..to be continued..”)

The American Tailwind

I would like a little bit to talk about America and why I found so useful for me to learn from Warren and so enjoyable to spread his word to others. Without a true natural passion for everything that was coming from the States since ever, I would have never known about Warren Buffett. He is so underestimate in Italy and in Europe in general, where his story and Berkshire’s one is not well-known or known at all. And this is valid even among investors or financial pros. Probably it’s because his story can be fully understood if you are tuned well with a soundtrack that is profoundly American and nothing else. Warren has a vision, very well-thought, of how things in life and in the world work. He built this vision on something more than common sense and something more than business and financial principles. He deeply goes beyond that. He built it on facts nor on opinions, facts that are valuable. Facts supported by reliable datas that he carefully analyses. Constantly, open minded. Ready to change his mind and stay up-dated through continuos education across decades of experience. Experience in more than one field of business, and in more than one field of Life.

That’s his happiness, his passion, the way he wants to spend most of his day. The way he wants to live. Monies? Just his score. The main drive is the passion for business, the faith in America and the faith in the generosity of the people that believed in this country. I think those are the most important things you have to feel to share with him and be a natural part of yourself. Otherwise I don’t think Warren can be for you the same kind of hero he is for me.

In fact, I do believe in what Warren calls “The American Tailwind”. If you had put 1 dollar on the S&P 500 77 years ago, his investing life-time window, you’d have had today more than 5.000 dollars. Just betting on the entire American Business. With no decisions to make, no stocks to pick or anything. That’s a hurricane, more than a tailwind. When they ask me about my first or basic investing strategy my answer is: I do believe in America. I believe in the American Business. I believe in its numbers and even more I believe in the people of every color, origin, religion that with their generosity and willingness to work hard made this country the great promise it still is today. I don’t bet against them. I don’t bet against corporate America.I proudly invest and buy the best and more profitable pieces of the greatest economy in the world.

 

It all begins…with a huge pile of cash

Dal 15 settembre 2008 al 7 / 8 ottobre 2008 in un momento in cui nessuno comprava nulla e tutti vendevano azioni Warren impiegava 13 miliardi di dollari (e altri 3 miliardi erano “committed to the dow” e saranno impiegati) per un totale di 16 miliardi.

Primo insegnamento: era pronto a comprare. Perchè si riserva sempre un significativo ammontare di liquidità pronta in tempi brevissimi, praticamente immediati, ad approfittare di un affare improvviso in cui la tempistica fa la differenza. Probabilmente come ammetterà lui stesso col senno di poi, in quella finestra del 15 settembre – 8 ottobre compra troppo velocemente, anzichè il contrario. Ma poco male, non si puo’ prevedere nei dettagli la precisa lunghezza temporale di un ribasso significativo o di una correzione del mercato. Nemmeno se ti chiami Buffett!

Secondo insegnamento: sapeva cosa comprare. Cioè aveva perfettamente da tempo in mente i conti ed i bilanci di anni di fondamentalmente ottimi “business”. Ed era certo che queste compagnie erano ancora fondamentalmente ottimi business e sulla loro robustezza avrebbero superato brillantemente la crisi, e cosi’ è stato.

Terzo insegnamento: basa le sue decisioni su fatti. Fatti che sono concreti e valutabili, e se ne frega delle opinioni altrui. Come egli stesso dice: “Se ti basi su fatti valutabili, non hai piu’ o meno ragione se 1.000 o 10.000 persone la pensano come te o non la pensano come te”. La realtà non cambia perchè gli altri ci danno ragione o ci danno torto. La realtà è li’, immutata. In un certo senso ci osserva e ci dice : “Mi sai tu osservare approfonditamente?” “Ti prendi il tempo e lo sforzo di analizzarmi a fondo per valutarmi correttamente?” . Saperlo fare fa la differenza tra il fare o meno un sacco di soldi. A quel punto assimilato cio’ anche noi potremmo dire: “And it all begins with a humble penny..”

“The Stock Market non e’ li’ per istruirvi ma per servirvi”

E già solo da questo Buffett-monument-point potremmo far scaturire interessanti considerazioni per l’intera settimana a venire. Dimenticatevi proprio quindi il nome “azioni” e cominciate a pensarle ed analizzarle come pezzetti di un business. Saper poi valutare questo business è il punto cruciale per decidere se diventarne proprietari o starne lontani. Potrà essere facile o difficile dare una valutazione, ma è fondamentale saperlo fare. Ed essere selettivi. Chi è stato un valutatore, o come me un agente immobiliare sa bene che un buon incarico ed il suo successo partono da una corretta valutazione. Diversi “appraisers” arriveranno a diverse valutazioni. Anche se di poco. Le considerazioni e le variabili sono tante. Ma è un gioco fantastico ed affascinante. Ricordatevi : “Price is what you pay, but Value is what you get”. Il prezzo è quello che pagate, ma cio’ che state comprando e’ un pezzettino di una azienda che non cambia il suo valore perchè cambia il prezzo delle sue azioni ogni tre secondi. Se questo concetto non vi entra nelle vene in un microsecondo come fosse un’ iniezione..bè sarebbe meglio per il momento che non decideste autonomamente quali azioni comprare e quali no. Are we good? Esperti, traders incalliti, investitori, pundits, neofiti o anche solo curiosi…Fatemi sapere

“To a man with a hammer…”

And today we start with our Friday morning quote of the week. I hope it will help you to think, learn and remember that we all need good teachers that can change our lives. Warren has many quotes for us, and some are famous some aren’t, but all contain precious indications and are undervalued by most people because they seem too simple.

People are always looking for things to be difficult, otherwise they feel like they’re dealing with concepts not enough important, and not worth the efforts to be applied in their lives. Sometimes they also think that if something is not complex, it is not worth the big money they are spending for the business course they paid for. And so they need formulas, and greek letters to feel they’re in the big leagues and all. Believe me, I’ve been studying a lot too and probably so much to understand that Warren and Charlie Munger are right: “Don’t tell me when I’m going to die, but where. So I will never go there”. And as usual in the world of the investment a great part will be played by the emotional side of things. It’s so easy for me to suggest you: “Get to know what you don’t know and stay away from it”. But it’s that difficult for everyone to stay away from the crowd, to resist to the temptation of “speculate” rather than “investing”. It’s the “man with the hammer complex” that Buffett wrote in 1986: “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail”.  Think about it guys, have a nice week-end and feel free to comment and write me at marco@blikebuffett.com. I will answer.

And always remember : “Sometimes It could seem overwhelming, but if it’s possible, then go for it”

30 TH of AUGUST 2019 : Happy Birthday Mr. Buffett !

Buffett is a man of one kind. I started to study and be interested in the investor, and the teacher many years ago. And the more you discover the more you can tell that even among his “peers” (the same Graham and Doddsville environment) he expanded always his method and improved his own rules like no others.
It helped that this happened through a number of decades, making his life a piece of work we can all study or talk about. That’s what we want to do here. And have fun while doing what we like : improve ourselves everyday and eventually make some money along the way. So, “be like Buffett” means to do what you like first. To pursue your idea of happiness. There’s nothing wrong about liking the money, as he would say. But you must be, prior to that, a fanatic about your life, your job, your Independence. You got to have passion for what you do and enjoy your life everyday. Only in this case money will make you happy. Otherwise you can have a lot of money, but if you hate your life, you hate the way you earn money, that money wouldn’t make you happy anyway. And wouldn’t make you probably a better person anyhow.
So let’s start a journey, let’s go where the adventure is and let’s do everyday what it makes us happy. This website goes on line the 30 th of August 2019, the day in which Warren turns 89, another day in which he would say “I’m delighted to be here”.