Warren Buffett: The Oracle of Omaha | Infographic
Everyone knows the name Warren Buffett. Everyone knows he consistently makes the list of the top 5 richest people in the world every year. Some know he has pledged most of his wealth in 2006, along with other like-minded wealthy philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
What about his outlook on gold? Did you know that Warren Buffett plays Bridge and the Ukulele? Our infographic provides a nice first look at Warren Buffett, the man and investor.
Warren Buffet is a smart guy, a lot of people believe his investment strategy is timeless. Most people also don’t put very much work into learning to invest like Buffet, they are happier to invest based on news and tips from friends.
Do you think it is worth learning from Buffet?
Anonymous said: What would you say is a good starting plan for a newbie investor like me?
I’d recommend research and practice. Read up on a variety of investing strategies and try them out with real money before you decide which one works best for you. Your financial education is your most important asset when it comes to investing.
I started out reading Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, and it helped shape the way I think about money. I then read lots of books like Rule #1, took a free trading class put on through my broker, and practiced the strategies I learned with $1000.
My bachelor’s degree in accounting gave me a good start in understanding financials, but understanding money is something everyone can learn.
"The philosophy of the rich and the poor is this: the rich invest their money and spend what is left. The poor spend their money and invest what is left."
Robert Kiyosaki (Author of Rich Dad Poor Dad)
With over 700 locations, Dollarama is Canada’s largest dollar store chain. Recently, Dollarama’s choice to offer price points up to $2 has helped it greatly increase same-store revenue. Dollarama is a company to buy as a hedge against a rebounding economy.
Meaning: Dollarama provides affordable goods to price-sensitive Canadians
Moat: Unlike most dollar/discount stores, Dollarama sources products directly from manufacturers, rather than local distributors, giving it a greater margin on its products.
Management: Larry Rossy has been named one of the Top 10 Canadian CEOs of the Decade by MSN Money.
Margin of Safety: a 20% MOS isn’t great, but the big 5 numbers are excellent.
Tim Hortons is the largest publicly traded quick-service restaurant chain in Canada, fourth in the continent. With plans to deepen penetration accross the country and strengthen the brand in the US, Tim Horton’s still has plenty of opportunity. Currently searching for a new CEO, Tim Horton’s is a company to watch.
Meaning: Tim Hortons is a donor to the Childrens Wish Foundation and they create local programs everywhere they are.
Moat: The Tim Hortons brand is a part of the Canadian national identity. Their strategy of growing with consumers tastes means they will stay relevant.
Management: CEO left in May, still looking. Interim CEO Paul D House is the chairman, and doesn’t appear remarkable.
MOS: There is currently a 22% margin of safety.
Huge reserves of inventory, with growing demand and shrinking supply. Recent aquisition of Petro Can with great results, strong environmental policies and a Top 100 Employer. For a 15% return, there is a 9.03% Margin of Safety. Suncor is a good pick.
Meaning: Suncor’s vision is to be Canada’s premier integrated energy company focused on operational excellence and high growth, with the assets, people, and financial strength to compete globally
Moat: They have 7.2 bil barrels of proven oil reserves, the most in Canada
Management: Rick George, “Outstanding CEO of the Year” in 1999 and Canadian Business Leader Award in 2000. Retiring Spring 2012
MOS: There is currently a 9.5% Margin of Safety
We will follow Phil Town’s Rule #1 investing methodology:
Make sure the company has meaning (does good things), a moat (sustainable competitive advantage), great management, and a big margin of safety.
Calculate the future stock price based on the equity growth rate and predicted PE ratio, then discount it back using a required rate of return of 15%. This is the sticker price of the stock - what the stock should be priced at today to achieve the required rate of return for ten years.
Confirm that the Big 5 numbers are all consistant and above 10%.
The investment center is up and running! This is an excel document that calculates:
- Sticker price for a stock (How much one should pay for a share, based on a particular expected rate of return)
- the Big Five numbers (ROIC, Equity Growth, EPS Growth, Sales Growth, Cash Growth)
- The Ticker turns green if the current price is below 50% of the sticker price (50% margin of safety)