Recently, Warren Buffett did an interview with CNBC’s Becky Quick. There’s one statement he made that I think we should always bear in mind when it comes to investing.
BUFFETT: I mean, if you’ve got a great deal in this country, you don’t have to go to Beijing, you know, or the Middle East to find somebody with money to fund it. It’s like when oil prospectors would come up here from Texas and they’d say, `We got a wonderful deal for you in Texas,’ I always thought, there are all these oil men in Texas, you know, why didn’t they call on them?
QUICK: So you think the sovereign wealth funds are getting the raw end of the deal when they buy into some of the financials?
BUFFETT: I think that they are buying what is being sold to them, and in securities you should not buy what’s being sold to you. You should buy what comes from your own analysis and looks the cheapest. The idea that somebody is going to come and call on you and say, you know, `Buy $2 billion worth–this is the best thing to buy in the world,’ it isn’t the best thing to buy in the world.
The best thing to buy in the world is something that you’ve dug out and that people aren’t talking about and that, you know, you find yourself. Securities that are being sold to you have a special push in it. Usually, there’s extra commissions in them or all kinds of things. So I don’t–I don’t want to get ideas from other people, basically. I want to get ideas from a bunch of facts that I uncover someplace.
If we can remember Warren’s words of wisdom, it will probably help us eliminate a lot of bad investment choices. It might be a bit difficult but I suppose that is what separates the world’s number one investor from the rest of us mere mortals. 🙂
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