When Coca-Cola initially went public in 1920, it quickly found itself in the position of being a $30 million compared that was generating $9 million in annual profits. The P/E ratio was somewhere around 3. Buying a young Coca-Cola after the IPO was one of the best investments that you could have made in history, with a round lot of 100 shares growing into almost $2 billion at the end of 2012.
The profits generated by the company have doubled thirty-eight times since the IPO, plus you got a dividend that has been raised every year since 1963 alongside stock buybacks in recent years that would amplify the total wealth created by this … Read the rest of this article!
Although he didn’t mention it in this letter, Warren Buffett has repeatedly mentioned that he likes to keep a minimum of $20 billion in cash on hand to be placed in Berkshire’s coffers. The reason why he does this is because he wants Berkshire to be protected in the event of an extraordinarily rare catastrophe loss. Berkshire is susceptible to deep earthquakes in California, hurricanes in the southeast, and those extremely rare earthquakes in the Midwest. For instance, Berkshire provides much insurance coverage along the New Madrid Fault, which last went off in February 1812 and destroyed St. Louis in under thirty seconds. It was so deep that the writings of the time … Read the rest of this article!
Out of all the possible topics in the world that Munger could have chosen to begin his letter to investors of Berkshire Hathaway, Munger began talking about the management system and policies that allowed Berkshire Hathaway to be so successful after giving a brief outline of what was to come. Although Munger didn’t explicitly say this, there is a reason why processes and systems are so important: they provide a template that systematically converts your labor into passive (or generally passive) sources of income.
There is a reason why high-profile football players and basketball players find themselves in long-term financial difficulty. It is because they fail to embark on this journey—either they spend … Read the rest of this article!