The Warren Buffett Way of Finding Excellent Firms at Attractive Prices

    by Wayne A. Thorp

    The legend of Warren Buffett and his investment prowess is well documented. Along with his mentor, Benjamin Graham, Buffett is one of the best-known value investors of all time.

    However, Buffett has rarely offered insight into his own investment approach, outside of writings in Berkshire Hathaway annual reports. An entire Buffett cottage industry has sprung up over the years as authors have tried to explain Buffett’s investment approach.

    One book that discusses his approach in a methodical fashion is “Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett the World’s Most Famous Investor” (Scribner, 1999) by a former daughter-in-law of Buffett, Mary Buffett, and David Clark, a family friend and portfolio manager. That book was used as a basis for two of AAII’s Warren Buffett stock screens.

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