Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World's Greatest Investor / Edition 1

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The Warren Buffett Way offers investors their first in-depth look at the innovative investment and business strategies behind the spectacular success of living legend Warren E. Buffett. Tracing Warren Buffett's career from the beginning, Robert G. Hagstrom, Jr., tells us exactly how, starting with an initial investment of only $100, Buffett built a business empire worth $19.4 billion. Offers a close-up look at Buffett's highly successful investment theories and strategies; identifies the types of businesses Buffett now finds most attractive, and which ones he avoids; and based on the author's ten-year monitoring of Buffett's numerous shrewd investments and ventures.

Starting with an investment of only $100, investor Warren Buffett has managed to amass billions by buying pieces of companies and holding on to them. Hagstrom, who has followed Buffett's career since the early '80s, focuses here on his investment strategies and shows how they have evolved over the years. Foreword by Peter Lynch.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
An extraordinarily useful account of the methods of an investor held by many to be the world’s greatest.
Phil Fisher
In simple language this book tells the rules by which the most successful American stock investor of modern time got that way. It could be a godsend to the legion of unhappy investors who keep floundering because they ignore the basics of major investment success.
Martin S. Fridson
Warren Buffett is often characterized simply as a 'value investor' or a 'Ben Graham disciple.' Hagstrom fills in the rest of the story with some immensely practical pointers on prospering in the market.
Charles D. Ellis
Warren Buffett is surely the Greatest Investor of this century—not so much because he built a great fortune within a free market as because he has shared his important thinking with us and has openly demonstrated the sagacity and courage so vital to success. Berkshire Hathaway has been my largest, longest investment. Warren has been my best teacher.
Kenneth L. Fisher
Simply the most important new stock book of the 1990s, to date. Buy it and read it.
Peter S. Lynch
The Warren Buffett Way outlines his career and presents examples of how his investment techniques and methods evolved and the important individuals in that process. It also details the key investment decisions that produced his unmatched record of performance.
Wall Street Journal
. . . an extraordinarily useful account of the methods of an investor held by many to be the world's greatest.
John C. Bogle
Robert Hagstrom presents an in-depth examination of Warren Buffett's strategies, and the 'how and why' behind his selection of each of the major securities that have contributed to his remarkable record of success. His 'homespun' wisdom and philosophy are also part of this comprehensive, interesting, and readable book.
John Rothchild
It's first rate. Buffett gets a lot of attention for what he preaches, but nobody has described what he practices better than Hagstrom. Here is the lowdown on every major stock he ever bought and why he bought it. Fascinating. You could even try this at home.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Starting with $10,000 in 1956 and today worth some $8.5 billion, with significant holdings in Coca-Cola, Capital Cities/ ABC and the Washington Post Company, Omaha, Nebr.-based Buffet is a major player on Wall Street. Financial consultant Hagstrom, who did not interview his subject but obtained permission to quote from his Berkshire Hathaway annual reports, here outlines Buffet's iconoclastic tenets for investing. Unlike many entrepreneurs who take over companies to sell them off in bits, Buffet buys and holds. He rejects the ``efficient market theory''; he doesn't worry about the stock market; and he buys a business, not a stock. He manages with a small staff, no computers and a ``hands off'' strategy. Learning his secrets here, now the rest of us can do a Buffet? Illustrations. Fortune Book Club dual main selection. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Hagstrom, a principal in a Philadelphia investment firm, describes the investment strategies and techniques used by Warren Buffett to realize enormous success as a professional investor. Aiming his analysis at the individual investor, Hagstrom reviews the influence of Buffett's mentors, Ben Graham and Philip Fisher, and illustrates Buffett's synthesis of their investment philosophies. Hagstrom provides case studies of Buffett's major investments, showing the qualities of the companies that had appeal. Buffett's investment philosophy espouses long-term investing, respect for good management, and recognition of the value of a business franchise. This insightful work is a worthwhile complement to Graham's classic writings, considered essential for new investors.-Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad. Lib., West Point, N.Y.
David Rouse
Warren Buffett was identified as the richest person in America by "Forbes" last year. Of the more than 70 individuals or families worth more than $1 billion on "Forbes" list, only Buffett acquired his wealth through investing. Hagstrom, a principal at a Philadelphia investment firm, has tracked the success of Buffett for more than 10 years and argues that the same strategies that Buffett uses in selecting acquisitions can be used by individuals in selecting stocks. Buffett's firm, Berkshire Hathaway, has one of the most widely read annual reports issued, with Buffett himself personally contributing advice, humor, and insight. Hagstrom had Buffett's approval in including extensive quotes from these reports, but Buffett cooperated in no other way with this book. Hagstrom examines the influence of Benjamin Graham and his classic "The Intelligent Investor" on Buffett and details what Buffett looks for in his investments. Recommended for libraries with popular investment collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471177500
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 269,145
  • Product dimensions: 4.23 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT G. HAGSTROM, JR., CFA, is a principal with Lloyd, Leith & Sawin, a Philadelphia firm that is responsible for over $100 million in assets. He is also fund manager of Focus Trust, a no-load mutual fund.
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Table of Contents

Five-Sigma Event.
The Two Wise Men.
Mr.Market and the Lemmings.
Buying a Business.
Permanent Holdings.
Fixed-Income Marketable Securities.
Equity Marketable Securities.
A Few More Good Stocks.
An Unreasonable Man.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    Great book for the average investor

    The 'Warren Buffet Way: Investment Strategies of the World's Greatest Investor,' is a great book to learn about value investing. It helps the average investor understand Benjamin Graham, Philip Fisher as well as Warren Buffet investing philosophy. This book will help open the eyes of the average investor in a way that will help him/her understand how to select reasonable businesses. However, it seems to me as if the author did not really explained in the book what Buffet has in mind when it comes to analyze a business. The author also did not provide case studies about the companies that Warren Buffet selected.

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