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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (Oct. 4 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471743674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471743675
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As one of the world's most successful investors, the modest Mr Buffett and his strategies are a recipe for success.' (The National Personal Finance, October, 2010). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A decade has passed since the book that introduced Warren Buffett to the world–The Warren Buffett Way by Robert Hagstrom–first appeared. Since then, Buffett has solidified his reputation as the greatest investor of all time–quietly amassing a multibillion-dollar fortune, despite the wild fluctuation of the markets.

Although Buffett has claimed time and again that what he does is not beyond anybody else’s competence, some people still do not understand how this value investing legend can consistently perform so well. That’s where Robert Hagstrom and the Second Edition of The Warren Buffett Way come in. This completely revised and updated look at the Oracle of Omaha encompasses Buffett’s numerous investments and accomplishments over the past ten years, as well as the timeless and highly successful investment strategies and techniques he has always used to come out a market winner.

Rather than presenting Buffett’s strategies by stock purchases–as he did in the first edition–Hagstrom makes "Buffett’s Way" more accessible to you, the individual investor, by presenting Buffett’s basic tenets of investing and illuminating these principles with relevant and up-to-date examples from Buffett’s investments, including common stocks, private companies, and high-yield bonds.

Standing far above the market madness, this timely guide distills the wisdom and insight of the world’s greatest investor. It skillfully . . .

  • Presents a brief history of Buffett from boyhood to Berkshire Hathaway, and reveals the individuals and events that shaped his investing philosophy
  • Outlines the business, management, finance, and value tenets that make up the core of Buffett’s investing approach
  • Examines Buffett’s ongoing process of managing a portfolio from knowing which stocks to hold, and for how long, to deciding if, when, and how to cash out some investments and move into others
  • Discusses the psychology of money and how Buffett uses this concept to avoid common investment mistakes and recognize other people’s mistakes in time to profit from them

Change is constant, but the investment principles outlined in this book have remained the same. In an environment that seems to favor the speculator over the investor, Buffett’s investment advice has proven, time and again, to be a safe harbor for millions of lost investors. No one understands Warren Buffett like Robert Hagstrom, and in the Second Edition of The Warren Buffett Way, Hagstrom will help you–whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started–understand and employ the investment strategies that have made Buffett so successful for over five decades.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am continually amazed by the good reviews this book receives; so I finally felt compelled to write. There is nothing in this book that Warren Buffett hasn't already said in his annual letters. Robert Hagstrom revealed his true reason for writing this book when the first paperback edition came out and in it, in fine print, was a notice stating that Hagstrom had started an investment fund designed to invest using Warren Buffett's principles (read: way). That is, he wrote the book so you would learn his name, become confident in his ability to analyze investments like Buffett does, and invest in his fund (which has a hefty expense ratio and has performed quite poorly I understand). So he writes this page book, in which he recommends that if you ever have the chance to read Buffett's annual letters, you should, since they "read like a book on his investment philosophy". I took his suggestion, ordered the back annual letters (sold by Berkshire Hathaway for $15) and found they repeated everything in this book - sometimes word for word (now how could Buffett have known what Hagstrom was going to write?). I get the feeling that Hagstrom has never met Buffett and never discussed investing with him (unlike Lowenstein, Lowe, Train, etc.) and his only research for this book was Buffett's annual letters. I learned more about Buffett's style from Roger Lowenstein's biography. Take Robert Hagstrom's advice and purchase the annual letters; they say the same thing - except Buffett's sense of humor is better.
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Hagstrom points out who Buffett is, how he operates, and why he is successful. I enjoyed the book because I also study the stock market. Even though I did very well for myself and my customers during a thirty-five year career as a stock broker, I believe I could have done even better had I had this book in 1960.
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I was hoping to have some insight into Warren Buffet method with this book, but it just contain the history of his accomplishment. A lot of this book give me a deja-vu feeling like I've read it somewhere else.

The book doesn't feel very organize and it looks like it was put together by cut-and-paste from a number of different articles.
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I am not Warren Edward Buffett. Unlike Mr. Buffett, who has the delightful headache of trying to figure out where to put his steadily growing billions, I am a non-investor, sitting on the sidelines, wondering what all the fuss is about. Like most readers of this book, I have been told incessantly to invest for retirement, and not knowing exactly how I should do so, I figured it might be a good idea to glean a few secrets from a proven successful investor. Hence, I read The Warren Buffett Way from cover to cover, hoping to learn a few things.
And what did I learn? I learned that I am not Warren Edward Buffett. Unlike Mr. Buffett, whose circle of associates includes all of the Beautiful People of Corporate America, I am surrounded by ordinary people, more than a few of whom are looking for a way to get rich quick. Whereas Mr. Buffett is patient and thoughtful with his investments, most of the people I encounter are thoughtless and reckless with their gambles. These two things, which I increasingly began to ponder as I read this book, distinguish me from the Oracle of Omaha, and quite possibly from most readers of this book.
The book consists of nine chapters, and is mostly historical in nature. It details many of Buffett's past exploits in the stock market, mostly the good moves but also some bad ones, and offers some of the principles guiding Mr. Buffett's stock investing strategy, grouped into three classes called Management, Financial and Market Tenets. The first four chapters of the book delve into the early history of Berkshire Hathaway, the key influences on Mr. Buffett which helped to shape his investment philosophy, Mr. Buffett's perspective on the financial markets, and the principles by which he goes about purchasing a business.
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The author of this book, Robert Hagstrom, has never spoken to Mr. Buffett about investing. Yet for some strange reason Hagstrom feels qualified to write about Buffett's investment methods. After the book came out Hagstrom started a mutual fund to exploit his readers' trust, Hagstom claimed that he was going to use Buffett's methods as outlined in this book. But Hagstrom's mutual fund turned in such poor results he had to close it down. If you use the investment methodology found in this book you too will get the same poor results that Hagstrom did. If you want to know how Buffett did it, you should look elsewhere.
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If you are reading this book just to be better informed, I think you will get your money's worth. I feel I got a five-star education. But if you are going to read it to make a decision to buy or not to buy Berkshire Hathaway, you should keep these two points in mind: First, almost everyone considers Warren Buffet to be the world's greatest investor. This special attribute of Mr. Buffet might be reflected in the price of Berkshire Hathaway stock. If Warren Buffet were no longer around, what would that do to Berkshire Hathaway? Hasn't Mr. Buffet's greatness built in a premium in Berkshire Hathaway stock?
Second, this book proves that Mr. Buffet beat Mr. Market most of the time under normal circumstances. In abnormal circumstances, Mr. Market could beat Mr. Buffet. Abnormal circumstances would exist if Mr. Market went into a long, deep depression (like he did in the 1930's and dropped in value by 90%). And could a second terrorist attack similar to 9/11 cause Mr. Market to panic and create abnormal circumstances in the economy?
No matter how good the company, Mr. Market can and will hurt the value of its stock. If there is another terrorist attack like 9/11, Mr. Market will panic and Coca Cola, Washington Post, GEICO, etc., would all suffer terribly.
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