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The Oracle Speaks

Warren Buffett in His Own Words (In Their Own Words)

By Warren Buffett, David Andrews

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Format: Paperback, 197 pages
Published In: United States, 27 December 2012
From his office in Omaha, Nebraska, without even the benefit of a computer, Warren Buffett has racked up an investment record that far surpasses his counterparts on Wall Street-or anyone else in the world, for that matter. While traditionally stock exchanges have returned about 11 percent annually in the past half century, Buffett's investments have by nearly 29 percent a year, solidifying Buffett's conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, as the eighth-largest business in the world and netting him $44 billion along the way. Despite this tremendous success, "the Oracle of Omaha" remains modest. He acknowledges that he has a unique ability to evaluate businesses, but he doesn't feel entitled to the vast wealth that ability has earned him. Instead, he likes to say that he was born at the right place and time. This humility in the face of proven talent and innumerable wealth is part of what makes Buffett universally popular-he is one of the world's wealthiest men and yet he is still personable and relatable. For the first time, the most thought-provoking and inspiring quotes from Buffett are now compiled in a single book. The Oracle Speaks: Warren Buffett in His Own Words is a comprehensive guidebook to the inner workings of the Berkshire Hathaway chairman. Hundreds of Buffett's best quotes, comprising thoughts on investing, Wall Street, business, politics, taxes, and life lessons, will provide the most intimate and direct look into the mind of a modern business icon and give readers enough counsel to last a lifetime. Media outlets, financial advisers, politicians, and Americans from Main Street to Wall Street hang on every word Buffett speaks, hoping to gain valuable insight into Buffett's investments and successes. There is possibly no greater stamp of approval in the business world than to have Buffett invest in a company, and few leaders in the course of history have commanded such universally agreed-upon respect. Even beyond his business savvy, Buffett is influential as a progressive thinker and active philanthropist, having pledged to give most of his money to charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as foundations run by his three children. It is this humility that consistently draws people to Buffett, and will draw people to The Oracle Speaks. Most recently, inspired by Buffett's New York Times editorial in which he claimed he paid too little in taxes, President Barack Obama and Congress have named a series of tax reforms after Buffett. While the political implications have been controversial, Buffett has retained his reputation as an outspoken and successful business leader. The Oracle Speaks draws from decades of interviews, editorials, and annual shareholder reports, amassing the most complete outline of how Buffett believes a good business is run and a good life is led. It's advice that Buffett has successfully adhered to throughout his 80-plus years, and it is advice now available in the succinct, poignant, gift-friendly package of The Oracle Speaks.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Investing Choosing Investments The Mind of an Investor Beating the Market Long-term Investment Sticking With a Stock When to Buy When Not to Buy When to Sell The Stock Market Splitting Stocks Uncertainty Bonds Commodities Gold Cash Chapter 2: Wall Street and Speculation Wall Street Speculation Bubbles Leverage Derivatives Credit Default Swaps Chapter 3: Businesses Evaluating Businesses See's Candy Coca-Cola Hershey's The Daily Racing Form The Walt Disney Company The Internet Textiles Corporate Ethics Chapter 4: Berkshire Hathaway Making Decisions Making Mistakes Structuring Deals Selling Businesses Company Directors CEO Compensation Management Chapter 5: U.S. Policies and Politics America's Future Economic Forecasts Global Trade Creating Jobs Inflation The 2008 Financial Crisis Lending after the Financial Crisis The U.S. Budget and Trade Deficits U.S. Politics The Death of Osama Bin Laden September 11, 2001 China Barack Obama Chapter 6: Wealth and Taxes Wealth Inheritance Good Fortune Taxes The "Buffett Rule" Chapter 7: Life Lessons Family Patience Belief in Oneself Working Qualities for Success Aging Philanthropy Giving to the Gates Foundation A Fair Society Milestones Berkshire Hathaway Holdings References

About the Author

David Andrews lives outside of Chicago.

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Praise for Agate B2's New York Times Best-Selling Series, IN THEIR OWN WORDS: "[I, Steve] is the same treatment given such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Hitchens and offers Jobs's views on life, death, technology and design, among other topics." -- Timothy R. Smith, The Washington Post "[Impatient Optimist] is like eating salted peanuts: Once you start reading, it's hard to stop." -- Anne Fisher, CNN Money "A new book revealing many of Steve Jobs' most illuminating quotes..." -- Lance Whitney, CNET "A 160-page collection of quotes from the most iconic product pitchman since P.T. Barnum." -- Ben Popper, The New York Observer BetaBeat blog "A much better Jobs product is coming soon. It'll entertain you for hours, and no -- it is not a Jobs-branded iPad or anything similarly high-tech. It is, friends, an old-fashioned book!" -- Hillary Reinsberg, Mogulite "Inspirational reading pleasure." -- Courtney Boyd Myers, The Next Web "The kind of book that you read, think about, and then pass on to a friend or colleague...I learned a lot about Jobs' thinking process." -- Allen Stern, CenterNetworks "[Boy Billionaire] reveals the intimate thoughts and beliefs of the man who has arguably created one of the world's largest companies...and who is also one of the world's greatest social connectors." - Strategy Driven "A short work to be dipped into for nuggets of business (or law firm) wisdom..." -- Michael Roach, Law Technology News

EAN: 9781932841695
ISBN: 1932841695
Publisher: Agate Publishing
Dimensions: 17.53 x 11.43 x 1.78 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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