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Warren Buffett's Investment Strategy

Aug 25, 2022
in a nutshell
  • Purchase stocks of companies you understand and see value in for the long term.
  • Don’t focus on timing the market but rather the time in the market.
  • If you’re a long-term investor, Buffett’s advice is to invest in companies you believe in.
Image of Here are the latest details on Warren Buffett’s investment strategy.
in a nutshell
  • Purchase stocks of companies you understand and see value in for the long term.
  • Don’t focus on timing the market but rather the time in the market.
  • If you’re a long-term investor, Buffett’s advice is to invest in companies you believe in.

Warren Buffett, the legendary 91-year-old investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO, is still living by the investment advice he’s been preaching for decades: Purchase stocks of companies you understand and see value in for the long term.

At Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting in April 2022, the Oracle of Omaha answered questions alongside Berkshire’s vice chairman, Charlie Munger. He reiterated to an audience of tens of thousands of investors that he has stuck to his value investing strategy, which focuses on a company’s potential to succeed as a business and deliver returns into the future.

“Nobody buys a farm based on whether they think it’s going to rain next year,” Buffett told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in 2018. “They buy it because they think it’s a good investment over 10 or 20 years.”

That strategy is working. From 1965 through the end of 2021, Berkshire shares have generated a compound annual return of 20.1% against 10.5% for the S&P 500. Over the past 20 years, Berkshire is a percentage point ahead of the S&P 500 with a 10.3% annualized return against 9.2% for the index, according to calculations by Barron’s.

Investing successfully is not about timing the market

“We have not been good at timing. We’ve been reasonably good at figuring out when we were getting enough for our money,” Buffett said Saturday. Which is something experts suggest average investors do, too.

Especially “for young investors, it’s not about timing the market. It’s about time in the market,” Marguerita Cheng, a certified financial planner and CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth in Gaithersburg, Maryland said.

If you’re a long-term investor, Buffett’s advice is to invest in companies you believe in.

Because investors can “make decisions every second with stocks,” as opposed to investing in a physical entity like stores or farms, “they think an investment in stocks is different than an investment in a business. But it isn’t,” Buffett said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in 2018. 

At the 2022 shareholder meeting, Buffett reiterated that he ignores the chatter and resists the temptation to predict the future.

“We haven’t the faintest idea what the stock market was gonna do when it opens on Monday,” Buffett said in response to an audience question. “I don’t think we’ve ever made a decision where either one of us has either said or been thinking we should buy or sell based on what the market is going to do, or for that matter, on what the economy’s going to do. We don’t know.”

Instead, he invests in companies he believes in over the long term.

The views expressed are generalized and may not be appropriate for all investors. The information contained in this article should not be construed as, and may not be used in connection with, an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or hold, an interest in any security or investment product. There is no guarantee that past performance will recur or result in a positive outcome. Carefully consider your financial situation, including investment objective, time horizon, risk tolerance, and fees prior to making any investment decisions. No level of diversification or asset allocation can ensure profits or guarantee against losses.

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Sofia Pitt

Sofia Pitt was a reporter for Grow.

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