Warren Buffett’s 10 investing basics (Part 2 of 4)

(THIS is a continuation of Part 1 from last week’s weekend edition of Asian Journal)

Multi-billionaire Warren Buffett lives simply and adheres to basic but savvy investment principles.

6. Buy companies cheap

• Warren Buffett is value investor.

• He calculates an intrinsic value by examining what similar companies sell for.

• He calculates the present value of cash that will be generated in the future.

• He likes companies with good returns, solid operating margins, and low debt.

• He likes companies that generate cash that they invest well and return to shareholders as dividends.

• He looks back five years or more for consistent operating history.

• He gauges how well a company does in good times and bad.

• He pours over long histories, not just the latest quarter.

7. Hold for life

• Buffett’s favorite holding period is quite long as in forever.

• He finds great companies with cheap valuations and holds them forever.

• If you panic as your holdings dip, you should not be in the stock market.

8. Look for companies with economic moats

• Companies with wide economic moat maintain competitive edge.

• A wide moat acts as a barrier to make it hard for potential competitors to enter your market.

• Moat could be brand power, high cost to get into business, or patent protection.

• These companies have strong global brand, efficient distribution system that is hard to duplicate.

• Think Coca-Cola, Home Depot, or Boeing.

9. Buy big, concentrated positions

• When Buffet finds a company he really likes, he buys into it big time.

• You and I can probably buy 50 or 100 shares. He buys big, sometimes to control a company.

• We ordinary souls can’t do this. We don’t have his resources. So let’s skip this one.

10. Believe In America

• Believe in America, whether you are a Democrat or Republican.

• Buffett doesn’t tweak his portfolio to suit whoever is in the White House.

• He invests in the U.S. economic system of good ol’ USA.

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Victor Santos Sy graduated Cum Laude from UE with a BBA and from Indiana State University with an MBA. Vic worked with SyCip, Gorres, Velayo (SGV – Andersen Consulting) and Ernst & Young before establishing Sy Accountancy Corporation in Pasadena, California.

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