Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett's Omaha: A Hedge Fund Manager's Dispatches from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

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Overview

The nation's largest mortgage lender, Countrywide Credit, has collapsed after 38 years of making home loans-a victim of its own aggressive lending practices, soaring loan losses, and a credit squeeze that forced it to sell out at a fire-sale price.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071601979
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Matthews founded Ram Partners, LP, a hedge fund based in Greenwich, CT, in 1994. His distinctive financial blog, Jeff Matthews Is Not Making This Up, is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal’s blog roll and has a loyal following among Wall Street analysts, traders, and portfolio managers, as well as investors around the world.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Pilgrimage to Omaha vii

Part I A Very Rational Place: 2007

Introduction: Wired at Birth 3

1 This is Big 15

2 Why Omaha? 21

3 The Newspaper Generation 35

4 The Oracle of Omaha 43

5 This Motley Group 51

6 The Math Has to Make Sense 59

7 Buffett's Table 63

8 The Time Value of Warren Buffett 67

9 Budding Buffetts: Where to Begin 75

10 The Most Versatile Investor in the World 79

11 An Insider's Information 89

12 "You Don't Want to Let Him Down" 93

13 Intrusion 103

14 Whom Do You Trust? 111

15 Grumpy Old Man? 117

16 Artful Dodging 123

17 One-Half of 1 Percent 127

18 What Now? 133

19 Road Trip 139

20 Buffett's Last Nickel 147

21 "This is a Very Rational Place" 155

Part II Retuin to Omaha: 2008

Introduction: Family Reunion 167

22 Armageddon Avoided 173

23 The 1 Percent 181

24 It's a Beautiful Day 187

25 The Usual Procedure 191

26 In Search of the Oldest Living Manager 197

27 What Would Warren Do? 203

28 A Convulsion That Makes Enron Look Like a Tea Party 209

29 Crying Wolf 217

30 A Particularly Foolish Mess 223

31 Like Breathing 227

32 Secrets in Plain Sight 233

33 Buffett's Radar 239

34 A Family Affair 245

35 The Berkshire Flea Market 251

36 Decline and Fall of The Sainted Seven 257

37 The "Yes" Won't Change 265

38 Yesterday I Died 271

39 His Fondest Hope 277

Coda: Beyond Buffett 283

Notes 287

Index 293

Acknowledgments 297

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  • Posted November 7, 2008

    Mean spirited jerk goes on Pilgrimage to Omaha and returns still a jerk

    How lucky we all are to have Warren Buffett around to provide council and wisdom during these extraordinarily difficult times in the financial markets. Call him Sage, Oracle or whatever but Thank God he is here for us.<BR/><BR/>Jeff Matthews goes to right to the source and comes back with ... a lot of mean spirtied observations of the regular folks that attend the annuual Warren-a-palooza in Omaha. No doubt a lot of wisdom was dispensed while Mr. Matthews was in the audience but it all flew right past him. He was too busy sneering to learn anything. And thus he is not in a position to pass much of anything except disdain. Thanks but life is too short.<BR/><BR/>Snowball is a delight go there instead.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Insightful report on Buffett's annual meeting

    Hedge fund expert Jeff Matthews is one of the "Omaha pilgrims" who can't wait to attend Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting each May. He sees Berkshire Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett as "John, Paul, George and Ringo, all rolled into one." Buffett and his partner, Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, give everyone a good time at the "Warren and Charlie Show." Usually the opener is a cartoon depicting the two men in some goofy escapade. Buffett plays the ukulele (on video). Board member Bill Gates signs autographs. Singer Jimmy Buffett (no relation) often entertains. The stockholders love everything about Berkshire, as well they should. A person who put $10,000 into its stock when Buffett took it over in the mid-1960s saw that investment reach $84 million at its peak, thanks to Buffett's prowess. getAbstract suggests that - if you can't attend the wonderfully kitschy annual shareholders' meeting (first requirement: pay tens of thousands of dollars for a single share of stock) - the next best thing is to read Matthews's book. Just learning how Buffett selects stocks would be worth the book's cost even if it weren't fun to read. And it is.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    This book is a wonderful look into the world of Berkshire Hathaway!

    Jeff Matthews spins an interesting tale using his two trips to Berkshire Hathaway annual meetings as bookends. He is an intelligent and insightful writer, and he uses his long years of experience as both a financial analyst for Merrill Lynch and as a hedge fund manager to help the reader to peer behind the curtain at Warren and Charlie's yearly version of the "Electric Koolaid Acid Test" for capitalists.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    Just a collection of blog posts..and not that interesting

    Why bother killing trees for this? This is just a collection of Mr. Matthews blog posts about attending the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. You can read them for free online. Truth be told--they weren't that great to begin with. It is hard to comprehend why anyone would go to the bother of slapping together these dull blog posts other than to capitalize on interest in Warren Buffett.

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