Lessons From Warren Buffett

Lessons From Warren Buffett: Don’t Feel Bad That You Can’t Buy The Whole Company

When you see an investor such as Warren Buffett buying whole companies, you might think that as a small investor you can’t get the bargains that huge investors can get. However, Buffett disagrees. Although he prefers to buy whole companies, he recognizes that buying pieces of companies often represents better value, as you don’t have to pay a premium for them.

“We’ve always wanted to acquire entire businesses. People never seem to really believe that, back when we were buying See’s Candy or the Buffalo News or National Indemnity. But that’s been our number one preference right along,” Buffett said at the 1999 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “It’s just that we’ve found that much of the time we could get far for more our money, in terms of wonderful businesses, by buying pieces in the stock market, than we could by negotiated purchase.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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