Buffett

Gustavo Ballvé on August 3rd, 2016

It is impossible not to be criticized when you are in the spotlight. Case in point: Warren Buffett. In the space of two weeks he has been criticized for supporting Hillary Clinton in the US presidential race, for a Corporate Governance “manifesto” co-signed by several CEOs (I’ll adress that in a separate post), and now for being increasingly “relentless” in his search for efficiency.

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Gustavo Ballvé on July 6th, 2016

Bill Gates wrote a very touching note on the 25th anniversary of his friendship with Warren Buffett. As he points out, he had no idea they would become such friends given their different backgrounds. The lesson here, if there is any, is to be truly humble – intellectually and personally.

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Gustavo Ballvé on May 1st, 2016

The meeting has been over for a few hours now. I wonder whether coming here was worth it, even though I have just reassumed coverage of Berkshire Hathaway for my company. It is still good fun and this year the Brazilian team here was pretty sizable. However, since the webcast appears to have worked well, the expense and […]

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Gustavo Ballvé on April 30th, 2016

The Berkshire Hathaway 2016 annual meeting starts in 15 minutes. You can watch it LIVE, for the first time, through Yahoo Finance. Let us hope for good questions!

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Gustavo Ballvé on April 29th, 2016

I am in Omaha, NE, for my fourth Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. Stay tuned for more.

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Quoting Buffett, Munger and Klarman – and others of different areas – is sure to get our attention. When that letter is written by an NBA head coach as a send-off from his job, that is simply impressive.

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Gustavo Ballvé on February 27th, 2016

I have just finished reading Berkshire Hathaway’s 2015 10-K. The letter to shareholders by Warren Buffett (edited by Carol Loomis) is brilliant, as usual. I have written here about how these two “walk their talk” (Buffett and Munger), and this 51st letter to Berkshire shareholders is another fine example. The section on Productivity is mandatory reading, especially so for Brazilians.

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Stanford GSB professors surveyed 80 managers of Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries, giving us an up-to-date look into what these executives think about their parent company – and the way their “oversight” works. The consistency in their answers is astounding.

Read more about A survey of Buffett’s managers – or “Walking the Talk, part 2”

Gustavo Ballvé on July 29th, 2015

How NOT to understand Buffett after so many years: just read this Financial Times LEX piece on how GM is an “opportunity” for Buffett right now. Yes, GM.

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By now anyone on Earth minimally interested in business and finance has heard about the Heinz + Kraft deal. Buffett went on CNBC to speak briefly about the deal and said especifically about Berkshire and 3G (actual quote): “We look at everything. There is no finish line in either Berkshire’s investments or 3G’s investments.”

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