Thoughts on Share Repurchases and Capital Allocation

The concept of share repurchases is not particularly complicated.  Repurchase programs allow companies to allocate capital toward purchasing its own shares either on public marketplaces or through privately negotiated transactions.  Capital allocation is one of the most important recurring functions

Tax The Small Investor Behind The Tree

“Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!” — Senator Russell B. Long “No one should see how laws or sausages are made. To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the

Book Review: University of Berkshire Hathaway

“It can’t possibly be this easy!” A first time attendee of a Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting might find it hard to believe that there could be any skeptics in the crowd.  In contrast to the boring, useless, and perfunctory meetings

Book Review: A Man For All Markets

The team of six, three men and three women, pretended not to know each other and made their way to the baccarat tables at the Dunes casino in Las Vegas.  It was the spring of 1963 and Las Vegas was

Highlights from Markel’s 2016 Annual Letter

Intelligent investors should be skeptical when reading about companies that could be the “next Berkshire Hathaway” or executives who resemble a “younger Warren Buffett”.  The reality is that very few companies have even a remote chance of replicating Berkshire’s 20.8

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