Value Investing With Warren Buffett

Clearly, the art of value investing has moved on since Ben Graham. There are a number of notable investors and private fund managers who could show excellent performance over the course of several decades.

If nothing else, it proves that the approach works - or at least that it used to work. This is a great start.

Ben Graham used to teach stock investment skills and his most successful, famous and brilliant student by far was Warren Buffett. That the world's richest and most famous ever investor was a student of this art adds considerably more weight to the legend of value investment.

However, value investing with Warren Buffett is a different art than that practised by Graham. Think of it as an evolution. Buffett took the analytical approach of Graham and added to it some thoughts of business from another great, Phil Fisher. From Fisher was taken the idea of a business franchise. This is described as the 'protective moat' that surrounds it.

This protective moat might be a winning brand name, market domination - is that a monopoly? - or some other advantage that makes the economics of the business favourable. This is compared with the commodity type business which supplies something which may be obtained from many locations and is therefore subject to heavy competition.

Value investing with Warren Buffett also includes some other important mathematical concepts that help to judge and value the worth of a company and management. These include look-through earnings and retained profits. We do not plan to discuss these in detail here.

However, if you plan to invest like Buffett, it is advised that you immerse yourself in his theories and teachings. Much of his methodology is in the public domain.

For a great discussion and explanation of the theories of value investing with Warren Buffett, the books by Mary Buffett offer an excellent insight and are highly recommended. Buffettology, as they are known, offer thought provoking reading and really are more training manual than bedtime read.

If you would like to read more about value investment, please visit the following pages:

What Is Value Investing?

What Are The Value Investing Basics?

Problems With The Value Investing Approach

The Value Investing Rules Of Ben Graham

The Good And Bad Of A Value Investing Strategy

What Is Asset Stripping?

Value Versus Growth Investing