Going the Distance

Starting out too quickly in a marathon is a classic beginner’s error. The adrenaline rush of the starting line, a rested body, and watching others start off strong can conspire to accelerate your pace beyond the level that can be sustained for 26.2 miles. Exceeding your physical capacity at the start can have dire consequences toward the end of the race. Aspects of personal finance resemble marathon running as well. To go the distance, you must pace yourself.

Deprival-Superreaction Tendency

Deprival-Superreaction Tendency refers to the human reactions to the experience of loss — both the loss of something one already possesses as well as the loss of something that one has almost obtained. Human beings feel the pain of loss much more intensely than the pleasure of an equivalent gain and there are important consequences stemming from this tendency. This article is part of a series on Charlie Munger’s Psychology of Human Misjudgment.

Berkshire Hathaway’s Great Transformation

On a spring day in 1964, Warren Buffett received a letter from Seabury Stanton offering to purchase the Buffett Partnership’s stake in Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett and Stanton had agreed to a price of $11.50 but Stanton’s letter offered only $11.375. This annoyed the thirty-three year old Buffett and he started buying more shares starting his long journey of transforming Berkshire Hathaway into what it is today.

Lighthouse: Women Leading the Way in Finance

Maya Peterson wrote Lighthouse to inspire and empower women to study “female lighthouses in the world of finance.” While these women have navigated different paths, what they have in common is the shared experience of being women in a male-dominated field and how they found ways to overcome challenges. Although young women embarking on their careers will find the stories highly relevant, all readers should be able to draw lessons from the book.

Buffett’s SEC Filing Implies Repurchases

On July 8, Warren Buffett submitted a regulatory filing to document his annual contributions of Berkshire Hathaway stock to several charitable foundations. The filing included the total number of shares Buffett held as of July 8 along with the percentage of economic interest of Berkshire he controlled as of that date. Sharp-eyed investors and journalists noted that the disclosure implied that Berkshire has been repurchasing shares.

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