Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements : The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
With an insider's view of the mind of the master, Mary Buffett and David Clark have written a simple guide for reading financial statements from Warren Buffett's succccessful perspective.
Buffett and Clark clearly outline Warren Buffett's strategies in a way that will appeal to newcomers and seasoned Buffettologists alike. Inspired by the seminal work of Buffett's mentor, Benjamin Graham (The Interpretation of Financial Statements, 1937), this book presents Buffett's interpretation of financial statements with anecdotes and quotes from the master investor himself.
Potential investors will discover:
� Buffett's time-tested dos and don'ts for interpreting an income statement and balance sheet
� Why high research and development costs can kill a great business
� How much debt Buffett thinks a company can carry before it becomes too dangerous to touch
� The financial ratios and calculations that Buffett uses to identify the company with a durable competitive advantage -- which he believes makes for the winning long-term investment
� How Buffett uses financial statements to value a company
� What kinds of companies Warren stays away from no matter how cheap their selling price
Once readers complete and master Buffett's simple financial calculations and methods for interpreting a company's financial statement, they'll be well on their way to identifying which companies are going to be tomorrow's winners -- and which will be the losers they should avoid at all costs.
Destined to become a classic in the world of investment books, Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements is the perfect companion volume to The New Buffettology and The Tao of Warren Buffett.
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October 13, 2008
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Excerpt from Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements by Mary Buffett
Two Great Revelations That Made Warren the Richest Person in the World
In the mid-sixties Warren began to reexamine Benjamin Graham's investment strategies. In doing so he had two stunning revelations about what kinds of companies would make the best investments and the most money over the long run. As a direct result of these revelations he altered the Graham-based value investment strategy he had used up until that time and in the process created the greatest wealth-investment strategy the world has ever seen.
It is the purpose of this book to explore Warren's two revelations --
1. How do you identify an exceptional company with a durable competitive advantage?
2. How do you value a company with a durable competitive advantage?
-- to explain how his unique strategy works, and how he uses financial statements to put his strategy into practice. A practice that has made him the richest man in the world.