Just as children’s literature has provided us with “giants” (Paul Bunyan; the giant from “Jack and the Beanstalk”; etc.) so the investment world provides us with “giants” as well – persons whose names are intoned with a reverence reserved for precious few Wall Street figures.
The identity of the currently “biggest” investment giant is debatable. However, there is no question that Warren Buffett looms large within the pantheon of such giants. He is (practically) universally revered, widely idolized, and perhaps overly analyzed. I offer that last thought as a way of confessing that I probably shouldn’t be adding this article into the oversized bin of “Buffett Analysis”; however, I have been shamelessly bribed to do so (a colleague challenged me to do it — promising a dinner in Dublin with all the Guinness I can drink!).
A recent investment headline questioned: “Warren Buffett Ready for a Stock Market Crash With a Record $49 Billion in Cash?” That headline is a good example of how Buffett is referred to in the press as a barometer of market direction. That is quite understandable, given his long-term performance record. However, simplistic headlines often obfuscate the intricacies of how Buffett manages money.
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