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I am back!

I am back!  It was an amazing trip.  It started with Warren Buffett’s Omaha.  I flew into Omaha on Thursday morning, and a few hours later received a call from the CFA Society of Nebraska, asking me to give a talk to their members.  Whitney Tilson and his partner Glen were supposed to do a […]

Microsoft Just Pulled Another “Microsoft” with its Purchase of Skype

When I wake up in the morning and check news for the companies I own, I worry.  I don’t worry that my companies missed their quarterly guidance by a few pennies – running a business is an art, and things don’t usually work out in a precise, linear fashion.  The companies that have a “deliver […]

Quarterly Letter – Q1 2011 – Part 1

I’d like to share excerpts from our quarterly letter we send to our clients (this is Part 1; I’ll send out Part 2 in a few weeks).  I’m not sharing the full letter for a simple reason: we are still accumulating shares in some stocks mentioned in the letter. Purchase of Big Lots Big Lots […]

Buffett, Sokol, Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion

I was quoted in FT about David Sokol, CEO of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, buying shares in Lubrizol a few months before Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought Lubrizol at a significant premium, which made Sokol 3 million dollars on his $10 million purchase. “Some investors expressed concerns about Mr Sokol’s actions. ‘Any time you buy stock […]

Set the Bar High

The Ups and Downs of Flying I am a very nervous flyer.  Whenever there is a little bit of turbulence, I look out the window, see shaking wings, and start to wonder whether they’ll keep holding the plane up.  Then my rational self kicks in, and I tell myself that statistically it is safer flying […]

Interview with Manual of Ideas

Manual of Ideas Interviews Vitaliy Katsenelson Vitaliy N. Katsenelson, CFA, is Chief Investment Officer at Investment Management Associates in Denver, Colo.  He is the author of  upcoming The Little Book of Sideways Markets (Wiley, December 2010).  To receive Vitaliy’s future articles by email, click here.

On CNBC: Winning in Sideways Markets

Know these names? The Way to Wealth, The Intelligent Investor, One up on Wall St, Stocks for the Long Run ? They’re all books that redefined investing for their time. But they may be headed for the history section. A new little book is threatening to turn all that sage advice on its head. We’re talking about Vitaliy Katsenelson’s “The […]

Barron’s Is Wrong On Medtronic

I love Barron’s. I really do. I read it from cover to cover, and I truly believe it is one of the few business publications that knows the difference between a good company and a good stock. Now that I’ve sugared it up, let me tell you this: its article on Medtronic is wrong!

A Few thoughts on the Burlington acquisition

I have tremendous respect for Mr. Buffett.  But every word that comes out of his mouth should not be looked upon as prophecy, or the gospel truth.  I get a feeling that Buffett has been canonized into a value investor saint  – investors and the media worship the ground he walks on and the air […]

The case for Pfizer

I understand why investors don’t want to own Pfizer (PFE); there is little excitement in the stock: It is down significantly from the Viagra-high it reached in 1998.  Yes, Pfizer is the maker of Viagra, the drug that spawned a slew of commercials that made TV unwatchable (especially if you have little kids who ask […]