Lessons From Warren Buffett

Lessons From Warren Buffett: In the Short Run the Market Is a Voting Machine, in the Long Run a Weighing Machine

Stock prices can become disassociated from the underlying value of companies, especially in times when extreme speculation grips the market, but in the long run they more closely align. It is something that Benjamin Graham noted years ago in The Intelligent Investor, and Warren Buffett firmly agrees.

“Ben Graham was right when he said that in the short run it’s a voting machine, and the long run it’s a weighing machine,” Buffett said at the 2000 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “Sooner or later, the amount of cash that a business can disgorge in the future governs the value it has, that the stock commands in the market. But it can take a long time.”

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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.