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

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They come to Omaha by the tens of thousands, flocking to an annual meeting that has become legendary for investors, businesspeople, and fans of one of the most savvy capitalists on the planet. They come to eat steak, buy furniture at a discount, and bask in the brilliance of value investor extraordinaire, Warren Buffet.



Hedge fund founder, financial blogger, and professional skeptic Jeff Matthews got his own...

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

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Overview

They come to Omaha by the tens of thousands, flocking to an annual meeting that has become legendary for investors, businesspeople, and fans of one of the most savvy capitalists on the planet. They come to eat steak, buy furniture at a discount, and bask in the brilliance of value investor extraordinaire, Warren Buffet.



Hedge fund founder, financial blogger, and professional skeptic Jeff Matthews got his own highly-coveted ticket to the Berkshire Hathaway meeting held only for shareholders and their guests--and proceeded to post reports on his blog, offering tempting glimpses into the much-discussed meeting. Now Matthews delivers a full-length account of his adventures at this infamous financial hoedown. In addition to offering a thoroughly entertaining first-hand account of Berkshire Hathaway's meeting, he answers questions investor's are asking, including:



  • Does Buffett's famed penny-pinching cripple his companies?


  • Why does Buffet--a bridge partner and best friend of Bill Gates--not own any technology stocks?


  • How does the extremely rational Buffett square his well-known social progressiveness with his lily-white audience of investors?


  • Is Buffet really an "Oracle"?


  • What information, insights, and ideas do the meeting's attendees pick up-and how do they put this information to use in their own investments?


  • Will Berkshire-Hathaway survive his death?




Matthews also applies his financial acumen to harvesting potent lessons from his experiences that you can use as you survey the investment field, from finding how the world’s greatest investor evaluates not only businesses but the people who run them, to the importance of “just reading and thinking” and the value of having a smart, cynical partner. With the dispatches from this exclusive financial carnival, Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett's Omaha puts you at the forefront of an investor's dream come true.



"There are very few secrets to be revealed about a man who really doesn’t have many secrets. But this book does take you inside that secret place – the Mecca of the Midwest. It’s very easy to read and full of classic Buffett-isms – well worth the pilgrimage for those of us who don’t own any Berkshire Hathaway shares or for anyone who wants to learn more about investing from the man who says the first rule of investing it to, 'read everything.'"

--CNBC.COM

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071601986
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 8/24/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • File size: 2 MB

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1: This is Big 2: Why Omaha?

3: The Newspaper Generation

4: The Oracle of Omaha

5: When the Math Doesn’t Work

6: What if Bob Nardelli Had Done This Once in a While?

7: One Word: “Rational”

8: Budding Buffetts and the Best of All Worlds.

9: Artful Dodging

10: What Now?

11: The Most Versatile Investor in the World

12: “You Don’t Want to Let Him Down”.

13: An Uncomfortable Truth: “The Undeserving Poor” and Mail-Order Brides.

14: Who Do You Trust? Body Language and “What They Laugh About”.

15: Avoiding Catastrophe; Some Bad Advice; and One Unanswerable Question

16: On the Cheap

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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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    stunk

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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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