Want more to read about investing? Here are two sites that have supplied me with a lot of good food for thought. I find these intriguing because while both are written by men well known for their financial acumen, they often sway far from those topics and can touch on politics, family life, and the pursuit of happiness in general.
Warren Buffett – Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Letters
Every year, Mr. Buffett writes a letter to shareholders that discusses his company’s successes, mistakes, future moves, and a bit of everything else. Although I don’t view him as a deity like many others do, and have no plans to buy any BRK stock, I do find his writing to be easy to follow and often offers fascinating insights to a successful investor’s thought process.
However, I think one thing that people overlook is that Warren Buffett gets very intimate with many of the companies that he invests in, either with close relationships with the management or even by becoming the management for a while. He knows these companies inside and out, and can affect change within them. That’s something the common investor can’t easily emulate.
William Bernstein – EfficientFrontier.com Articles
In addition to being a practicing neurologist, starting a portfolio management company, and writing one of my favorite books on investing – The Four Pillars of Investing, Mr. Bernstein also writes a quarterly article on his website EfficientFrontier.com. It mainly discusses asset allocation, such as his thoughts on commodities, but has also wandered into areas like the housing market and estate taxes.
Here’s an excerpt from this most recent article:
If you want to pick your own stocks and bonds, be my guest. Just don?t imagine that making your decisions on the basis of publicly available information and analysis will lead you anywhere but to the poor house. You?re going to have to look at the primary data and analyze it entirely by yourself. And you?d better be good at it.