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101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
John Wiley and Sons Ltd, May 2003, Pages: 272
Discover why the model-investment-firm-turned-household-word is the perfect investment--for virtually anyone
Robert Miles is a successful entrepreneur, business owner, and investor who believes that everyone can be a smarter investor regardless of background, education, and income. In fact Miles says that one investment is ideal for virtually everyone to own--Berkshire-Hathaway. Miles has attended the annual shareholders meeting for years, has met Warren Buffett, and is considered a company "insider" and Berkshire-Hathaway expert. In 101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment, Miles offers his insights into what makes Berkshire-Hathaway so profitable and why shareholders get such value for owning the stock. Among his explanations: Berkshire-Hathaway is run sensibly and frugally by Buffett--there are no lavish corporate head-quarters or extravagant spending by company executives. The company invests in companies it determines will produce steady profits for the shareholders rather than those companies with a history of erratic performance. This accessible, well-researched look at the leading company's investment strategy has received an "unofficial" endorsement by Buffett himself.
Robert P. Miles (Tampa, FL) is an entrepreneur and owns a small business. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School, has been an active shareholder of Berkshire-Hathaway for a number of years, and is frequently asked to speak to other investor groups about Buffett.
No Losses for Shareholders.
Low Cost, Almost No Cost.
Proven Public Record.
Unique Annual Meeting.
Acts Like a Mutual Fund.
Unique Charity Program.
Chairman's Letter and Plain Annual Report.
Bridge over Troubled Water or Buffett's Theory of Relativity.
No Tech Exposure.
Reduces Investing Mistakes.
Easy Gift/Estate Transfer.
Small Shareholder Group.
Business Ownership and Time.
No Stock Splits.
Investing with a Higher Purpose.
Book Value per Share.
Equal Opportunity Investment.
Joining a Winner.
Preserves Family Wealth.
Salary and Ownership Disclosure.
Lowers Shareholder Expectations but Delivers Higher Returns.
Berkshire's Relative Results as Compared to the NASDAQ.
Low Institutional Ownership.
Trumpets Investment Errors.
Not Included in S&P 500 Index.
No Tax Return.
Welcomes Small Shareholder.
Buy 1 Stock Get 100 Companies.
Wealth Measurement Index Member.
Indefensible Becomes Defensible.
Largest Acquisition Its Best.
Free Use of Money.
Truth in Advertising.
A New Retirement Perspective.
Unknown, Misunderstood Corporation.
Chairman's Minimalist Life-style.
Rich Balance Sheet.
Lazy Investor Approach.
Berkshire Post Buffett.
Never Broker Recommended.
Add Zero Every Eight and One-half Years.
Bear Market Tank.
Creative Trust Management.
Margin for Life-style.
Acquirer of Choice.
No Earnings Dilution.
Attracts Like Minds.
It's More Than What You Read.
Very Rare Talent.
Inefficient Market Theory.
Turn Off the Noise.
Peaceful Night's Sleep.
World's Largest Foundation.
Always Good Surprises.
For Owners Only.
Creative Tax-free Dividends.
Financial Education (Part 1).
Financial Education (Part 2).
Investment Model (Part 1).
Investment Model (Part 2).
For All Seasons.
State of Mind.
Appendix I: Twenty-five Questions Every Wise Investor Should Ask.
Appendix II: Twenty Investment Punches.
Appendix III: Eight Ways We Become Investment Victims.
Appendix IV: Investment Beliefs and Philosophies.
Appendix V: Recommended Free Web Sites.
Appendix VI: Recommended Berkshire Hathaway-Related Books and Web Sites.
Appendix VII: Copyright Notice.
Appendix VIII: Berkshire Hathaway's Owner's Manual.
Appendix IX: Business Activities.
Appendix X: Common Stock.
Appendix XI: Shareholder-designated Contributions.
Appendix XII: Contributions Program Commonly Asked Questions.
Appendix XIII: Acquisition Criteria.
Appendix XIV: Other Information about Berkshire.
Appendix XV: Answers To ---45, Buy 1 Stock Get 100 Companies.
Appendix XVI: Berkshire (Class A) Year-end Closing Prices.
Appendix XVII: A Very Personal Experience.
About the Author.
ROBERT P. MILES is an entrepreneur, investor, and small business owner based in Tampa, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School and has been an active shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway for many years. Mr. Miles is an acknowledged expert on the Warren Buffett way.