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Book Review & Discussion : The Education of a Value Investor

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My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment

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In this event, you’ll learn

  • Why having studied at Harvard might actually make you less likely to succeed in the real world
  • The name of the morally corrupted company Guy worked at
  • How value investing combines being ethical with making money
  • What Guy did to develop a positive attitude and venture off on his own path
  • Why Warren Buffett will give away most of his money after he dies
  • The reason Guy moved to Zurich
  • What an 80-question checklist allows Guy to do with each investment
  • The two major life changes a value investor goes through

About the Author

Guy Spier has run the Aquamarine Fund for the last 17 years. An ardent disciple of Warren Buffett, Guy launched the fund with $15 million in assets, closely replicating the structure and approach of Buffett's original partnerships. Guy received his education at Oxford University, where he was a tutorial partner of the current British Prime Minister David Cameron and came top of his class in economics. After a stint in management consulting, he attended Harvard Business School, then worked as an investment banker before starting his own fund. He is a regular commentator in the media, having appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg Television, and Fox Business News.

Overview

Once upon a time, there was a young man who got his dream job in the financial services industry, thought he could make it big one day and worked hard at it, then got disillusioned and disgusted by what he saw around, and finally quit to live a life of greater peace and fulfillment, while pursuing his passion in value investing.

If I had not read Guy Spier’s The Education of a Value Investor, and someone told me this story, I would have believed it was mine.

This is truly my story, but Guy has captured this beautifully in his wonderful book, which I completed reading recently.

Of course, Guy gas written about his personal story, but it resonated so much with me that I have kept this book in my must-read book advisory list for any budding value investor.

Of course, there are great differences between me and Guy –

He studied at Oxford and Harvard while I studied at obscure colleges;

He won a lunch date with Warren Buffett (jointly with Mohnish Pabrai, at a cost of US$ 650,000), while I continue to dream of a visit to Omaha to meet the Oracle some day;

He started and ended his career at an investment bank, and I did it with an independent research house.

He now manages multi-million dollars, while I barely manage to manage my own little savings.


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