“Good investment ideas are rare, valuable and subject to competitive appropriation just as good product or business acquisition ideas are. Therefore we normally will not talk about our investment ideas.” — Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Owner’s Manual One of the
There is a healthy sense of skepticism among investors when faced with websites, blogs, newsletters, conferences and other sources of information that claim to offer investment ideas. After all, good investment ideas are valuable and rare. Why would anyone willingly share actionable ideas with others when doing so in a competitive environment could eliminate the opportunity? After all, even for successful paid sources of information, the profits to be made selling ideas may pale in comparison to the profit of keeping an idea to yourself and committing capital to the opportunity. We take a look at the question in this article.