How Warren Buffett’s Cities Service Preferred Investment Can Change Your Life

From Alice Schroeder’s biography “Snowball” about Warren Buffett:

By the age of twelve, Warren had saved $120. In the spring of 1942, he enlisted his sister Doris as a partner and purchased three shares of Cities Service Preferred. The stock plunged from $38.25 to $27. When the stock recovered to $40, Warren sold, netting a $5 profit for the two siblings. He was, however, shocked to see the stock then continue to rise until it hit $202 per share a short period of time later. Warren realized that if he had held off selling a little bit longer, he and his sister would have netted a profit of almost $500.

Alice Schroeder’s note: Warren learned three lessons and would call this episode one of the most important of his life. One lesson was not to overly fixate on what he had paid for a stock. The second was not

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Dividend Growth Investing Right Now In 2014

In August 2011, I wrote my first financial piece online. Even though I’ve been at it for three years, that has not been enough time to cover a full business cycle. Really, since 2009, the stock market and the economy has been moving in the same direction: up.

That leads to all sorts of distorted impressions, complicated by the fact that the constant updates about stocks (which we can sell at a click of a button!) that make it easy for us to rent company ownership positions on a yearly, monthly, or even weekly/daily basis without actually applying anything resembling a long-term framework.

For instance, I recently wrote something about The Craft Brew Alliance, which was trading at $11.06 last week when I wrote an article about it on Seeking Alpha. I pointed out some things I liked about the company: it was charging high premiums for its craft beer … Read the rest of this article!