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Concentrated Investing: Strategies of the World's Greatest Concentrated Value Investors

Concentrated Investing: Strategies of the World's Greatest Concentrated Value Investors

Allen C. Benello, Michael van Biema, Tobias E. Carlisle

ISBN: 978-1-119-02051-6

Apr 2016

256 pages

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Discover the secrets of the world's top concentrated value investors

Concentrated Investing: Strategies of the World's Greatest Concentrated Value Investors chronicles the virtually unknown—but wildly successful—value investors who have regularly and spectacularly blown away the results of even the world's top fund managers. Sharing the insights of these top value investors, expert authors Allen Benello, Michael van Biema, and Tobias Carlisle unveil the strategies that make concentrated value investing incredibly profitable, while at the same time showing how to mitigate risk over time. Highlighting the history and approaches of four top value investors, the authors tell the fascinating story of the investors who dare to tread where few others have, and the wildly-successful track records that have resulted.

Turning the notion of diversification on its head, concentrated value investors pick a small group of undervalued stocks and hold onto them through even the lean years. The approach has been championed by Warren Buffett, the best known value investor of our time, but a small group of lesser-known investors has also used this approach to achieve outstanding returns.

  • Discover the success of Lou Simpson, a former GEICO investment manager and eventual successor to Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway
  • Read about Kristian Siem, described as "Norway's Warren Buffett," and the success he has had at Siem Industries

Concentrated Investing will quickly have you re-thinking the conventional wisdom related to diversification and learning from the top concentrated value investors the world has never heard of.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction

Concentrated Investing 1

Chapter 1 Lou Simpson: The Disciplined Investor 5

A Portrait of Concentration

Chapter 2 John Maynard Keynes: Investor Philosopher 35

The Economics of Concentration

Chapter 3 Kelly, Shannon, and Thorp: Mathematical Investors 71

Concentration Quantified

Chapter 4 Warren Buffett: The Kelly-Betting Value Investor 89

Portfolio Concentration for Value Investors

Chapter 5 Charlie Munger: Concentration’s Muse 109

Quality without Compromise

Chapter 6 Kristian Siem: The Industrialist 131

The Importance of Permanent Capital to the Long-Term Investor

Chapter 7 Grinnell College: The School of Concentration 159

Concentration and Long-Term Investing for Endowment

Chapter 8 Glenn Greenberg: The Iconoclast 177

Simple, Common Sense Research, and Tennis Shoes

Chapter 9 Conclusion 203

The Concentrated Investor’s Temperament

About the Authors 221

Index 223

“…this is an original approach to both value investing and diversification, and brings a new perspective to some familiar topics.” (Money Week, May 2016)