In the grip of speculative fervor, as even money-losing enterprises witness their stocks soar skyward, it becomes all too easy to disregard the fundamental truth that enduring triumph in the realm of investments hinges on a company’s profits, not the capricious dance of its price.
“The only money investors are going to make, in the long run, are what the businesses make,” Buffett said at the 1999 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “I mean, there is nothing added. The government doesn’t throw in anything. You know, nobody’s adding to the pot. People are taking out from the pot, in terms of frictional cost, investment management fees, brokerage commissions and all of that.”
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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.