Warren Buffett’s shareholder letter came out last weekend. It’s an annual ritual and it makes for great weekend reading. I am a long-time shareholder and I appreciate how he comments on the general state of investing – besides his own company, Berkshire Hathaway’s affairs. As … [Read more...] about A lesson from Buffett
The best thing about long-term oriented stock investing is that it doesn’t require lot of work by us, the investors. Instead, we loan our money to people running actual businesses – and they work for us. We own shares in these public companies – so when they make money, we make … [Read more...] about Let smart people work for you!
Be wary of news briefs from the financial media – they are designed to catch reader’s attention but in reality often mean nothing – or worse could even be misleading. I follow mainstream news but with care. On one hand we investors need to stay abreast with news related to the … [Read more...] about How media get things wrong
You can see from my 4Q portfolio update that I have been buying shares of Blackstone (BX). I first bought some shares in the third quarter last year – bought again in the fourth quarter – and my last purchase was in January. Blackstone is a somewhat unusual public company. It … [Read more...] about Why I am buying Blackstone
There weren't many changes made in my portfolio last quarter. I did not start any new stock position - though I did add to three of my existing positions. I closed a couple of small stock positions where I took capital losses. There were no changes in my mutual fund positions. … [Read more...] about 4Q 2017 quarterly portfolio update
We take a deeper look at my investment portfolio in this post. A majority of my investments are in stocks or stock index funds. I have been working on my investments for last 20 plus years. These investments have evolved over time – initially all I had were some stock and bond … [Read more...] about A deeper look into my portfolio
When you buy corporate bonds, you are told how much interest you will get and for how long. Your expected returns are spelled out by the company issuing the bonds. If you hold these bonds until they mature, you will get your initial investment back. There are risks, of course. … [Read more...] about When stocks turn into perpetual bonds