Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Some interesting things from Warren Buffet's letters to the shareholders

I am at present going through some of the letters to the shareholders given by possibly the best investor of all time, Mr. Warren Buffet (He is also the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway). I'll be posting some interesting things as and when I read them. Here is the first one :

Ben Graham told a story 40 years ago that illustrates why investment professionals behave as they do: An oil prospector,moving to his heavenly reward, was met by St. Peter with bad news. “You’re qualified for residence”, said St. Peter, “but, as you can see, the compound reserved for oil men is packed.There’s no way to squeeze you in.” After thinking a moment, the prospector asked if he might say just four words to the present occupants. That seemed harmless to St. Peter, so the prospector cupped his hands and yelled, “Oil discovered in hell.” Immediately the gate to the compound opened and all of the oil men marched out to head for the nether regions. Impressed, St.Peter invited the prospector to move in and make himself comfortable. The prospector paused. “No,” he said, “I think I’ll go along with the rest of the boys. There might be some truth to that rumor after all.”

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