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Dear Shareholder by Lawrence A. Cunningham

Title Dear Shareholder
Author Lawrence A. Cunningham
Publisher Harriman House Limited
Release Date 2020-04-14
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780857197924
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The shareholder letters of corporate leaders are a rich source of business and investing wisdom. There is no more authoritative resource on subjects ranging from leadership and management to capital allocation and company culture. But with thousands of shareholder letters written every year, how can investors and students of the corporate world sift this vast swathe to unearth the best insights? Dear Shareholder is the solution! In this masterly new collection, Lawrence A. Cunningham, business expert and acclaimed editor of The Essays of Warren Buffett, presents the finest writers in the genre of the shareholder letter, and the most significant excerpts from their total output. Skillfully curated, edited and arranged, these letters showcase the ultimate in business and investment knowledge from an all-star team. Dear Shareholder holds letters by more than 20 different leaders from 16 companies. These leaders include Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), Tom Gayner (Markel), Kay Graham and Don Graham (The Washington Post and Graham Holdings), Roberto Goizueta (Coca-Cola), Ginni Rometty (IBM), and Prem Watsa (Fairfax). Topics covered in these letters include the long-term focus, corporate culture and commitment to values, capital allocation, buybacks, dividends, acquisitions, management, business strategy, and executive compensation. As we survey the corporate landscape in search of outstanding companies run by first-rate managers, shareholder letters are a valuable resource. The letters also contain a wealth of knowledge on the core topics of effective business management. Let Dear Shareholder be your guide.

Dear Chairman by Jeff Gramm

Title Dear Chairman
Author Jeff Gramm
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2016-02-23
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780062369840
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A sharp and illuminating history of one of capitalism’s longest running tensions—the conflicts of interest among public company directors, managers, and shareholders—told through entertaining case studies and original letters from some of our most legendary and controversial investors and activists. Recent disputes between shareholders and major corporations, including Apple and DuPont, have made headlines. But the struggle between management and those who own stock has been going on for nearly a century. Mixing never-before-published and rare, original letters from Wall Street icons—including Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, Ross Perot, Carl Icahn, and Daniel Loeb—with masterful scholarship and professional insight, Dear Chairman traces the rise in shareholder activism from the 1920s to today, and provides an invaluable and unprecedented perspective on what it means to be a public company, including how they work and who is really in control. Jeff Gramm analyzes different eras and pivotal boardroom battles from the last century to understand the factors that have caused shareholders and management to collide. Throughout, he uses the letters to show how investors interact with directors and managers, how they think about their target companies, and how they plan to profit. Each is a fascinating example of capitalism at work told through the voices of its most colorful, influential participants. A hedge fund manager and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, Gramm has spent as much time evaluating CEOs and directors as he has trying to understand and value businesses. He has seen public companies that are poorly run, and some that willfully disenfranchise their shareholders. While he pays tribute to the ingenuity of public company investors, Gramm also exposes examples of shareholder activism at its very worst, when hedge funds engineer stealthy land-grabs at the expense of a company’s long term prospects. Ultimately, he provides a thorough, much-needed understanding of the public company/shareholder relationship for investors, managers, and everyone concerned with the future of capitalism.

Dear Shareholder by Martin J. Whitman

Title Dear Shareholder
Author Martin J. Whitman
Publisher Wiley
Release Date 2006-02-17
Category
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0471770809
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Third Avenue Funds (consisting of a value fund, small-cap value fund, real estate value fund, and an international value fund) provides shareholders with their investment philosophy through the letters of well-known value investor, Marty Whitman. These are the best of those letters (originally mailed out about every three months or so) reflecting writing from 1990-2005.

Dear Fellow Shareholders by Martin J. Whitman

Title Dear Fellow Shareholders
Author Martin J. Whitman
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016
Category Investments
Total Pages 413
ISBN 1539456927
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Quality Shareholders by Lawrence A. Cunningham

Title Quality Shareholders
Author Lawrence A. Cunningham
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2020-11-03
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 252
ISBN 9780231552776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Anyone can buy stock in a public company, but not all shareholders are equally committed to a company’s long-term success. In an increasingly fragmented financial world, shareholders’ attitudes toward the companies in which they invest vary widely, from time horizon to conviction. Faced with indexers, short-term traders, and activists, it is more important than ever for businesses to ensure that their shareholders are dedicated to their missions. Today’s companies need “quality shareholders,” as Warren Buffett called those who “load up and stick around,” or buy large stakes and hold for long periods. Lawrence A. Cunningham offers an expert guide to the benefits of attracting and keeping quality shareholders. He demonstrates that a high density of dedicated long-term shareholders results in numerous comparative and competitive advantages for companies and their managers, including a longer runway to execute business strategy and a loyal cohort against adversity. Cunningham explores dozens of corporate practices and policies—such as rational capital allocation, long-term performance metrics, and a shareholder orientation—that can help shape the shareholder base and bring in committed owners. Focusing on the benefits for corporations and their investors, he reveals what draws quality shareholders to certain companies and what it means to have them in an investor base. This book is vital reading for investors, executives, and directors seeking to understand and attract the kind of shareholders that their companies need.

Quality Investing by Torkell T. Eide

Title Quality Investing
Author Torkell T. Eide
Publisher Harriman House Limited
Release Date 2016-01-05
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 350
ISBN 9780857195128
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Quality. We all make judgments about it every day. Yet articulating a clear definition of quality in an investing context is challenging. This book addresses the challenge, and distills years of practical investing experience into a definitive account of this under-explored investment philosophy. Finance theory has it that abnormal outcomes do not persist, that exceptional performance will soon enough become average performance. Quality investing involves seeking companies with the right attributes to overcome these forces of mean reversion and, crucially, owning these outstanding companies for the long term. This book pinpoints and explains the characteristics that increase the probability of a company prospering over time - as well as those that hinder such chances. Throughout, a series of fascinating real-life case studies illustrate the traits that signify quality, as well as some that flatter to deceive. The authors' firm, AKO Capital, has a strong track record of finding and investing in quality companies - helping it deliver a compound annual growth rate more than double that of the market since inception. Quality Investing sheds light on the investment philosophy, processes and tough lessons that have contributed to this consistent outperformance.

Title Genre Variation in Business Letters
Author Paul Gillaerts
Publisher Peter Lang
Release Date 2008
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 407
ISBN 3039116819
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The focus of this volume is on the business letter genre, a seminal and widely used genre in business communication. Since the introduction of the Internet, interest in this genre has increased once again, because of the digital format of the letter. E-mail has partially taken over the multiple functions of the traditional business letter and bypassed, again partially, the fax. However, the letter has also survived in its written form. Since the 1990s, genre theory has been receiving a lot of attention, both in academic and pedagogical circles. Discourse analysts have increasingly discovered the importance of the genre concept for the understanding of discourse. Not only do we get a better understanding of the linguistic characteristics (register, lexico-grammatical features) of texts, but we also become aware of their macrostructures which appear to be organised according to genre expectations and conventions rooted in the socio-cultural context. This evolution is also reflected in the different research approaches to the business letter, as shown by the various chapters of this volume.

United States Japan Structural Impediments Initiative Sii by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance. Subcommittee on International Trade

Title United States Japan Structural Impediments Initiative SII
Author United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance. Subcommittee on International Trade
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1990
Category Buy national policy
Total Pages 86
ISBN UCR:31210014692253
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Margin Of Trust by Lawrence Cunningham

Title Margin of Trust
Author Lawrence Cunningham
Publisher Columbia Business School Publi
Release Date 2020-01-14
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 176
ISBN 0231193904
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Margin of Trust is the first book to distill Warren Buffett's approach to management and corporate life. It provides a definitive analysis of the tenets of the Berkshire Hathaway, system, its costs and benefits, and how it can be adapted for other organizations.

The Warren Buffett Shareholder by Lawrence A. Cunningham

Title The Warren Buffett Shareholder
Author Lawrence A. Cunningham
Publisher Harriman House Limited
Release Date 2018-04-20
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780857197016
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this engaging collection of stories, 43 veterans of the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting explain why throngs attend year after year. Beyond the famous Q&A with Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, these experts reveal the Berkshire Meeting as a community gathering of fun, fellowship and learning. The contributors whisk readers through the exciting schedule of surrounding events--book signings, panel discussions and social gatherings--and share the pulse of this distinctive corporate culture. Spanning decades, the book offers glimpses of the past and ideas of what lies ahead. To learn about what makes Buffett’s shareholders tick and all the happenings at the Berkshire Meeting, and to reminisce about past Meetings, make this delightful book your companion. Includes work by these bestselling authors: - Robert Hagstrom - Robert Miles - Jason Zweig - Joel Greenblatt - Vitally Katsenelson - Jeff Matthews - Charlie Tian - Whitney Tilson - Prem Jain - Karen Linder

Title Barbarians in the Boardroom
Author Owen Walker
Publisher Pearson UK
Release Date 2016-07-04
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781292114019
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Activist investors have sent shockwaves through corporations in recent years, personally targeting directors and executives at some of the world’s largest companies. No longer satisfied with operating on the fringes of business, they are now a firm fixture in the boardroom. Up to a quarter of public companies could be targeted by activist campaigns in the coming years, with directors and executives at those corporations threatened with losing their jobs. The trend, which began in corporate America, has spread to the UK, Europe and Asia, taking in several high profile companies. Barbarians in the Boardroom tells a compelling story of boardroom bust ups, dumped CEOs triumphant activists and pared back companies. It reveals real-life examples and interviews with executives and investors to explain why and how activist investors have managed to storm Wall Street and tear down City citadels. Owen Walker provides an insight into the way activists think, how they decide to target a company and how directors and executives could possibly work with them rather than against them.

Berkshire Beyond Buffett by Lawrence A. Cunningham

Title Berkshire Beyond Buffett
Author Lawrence A. Cunningham
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2014-10-21
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780231170048
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the worldÕs largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book proves that assumption wrong. In a comprehensive portrait of the distinct corporate culture that unites and sustains BerkshireÕs fifty direct subsidiaries, Lawrence A. Cunningham unearths the traits that assure the conglomerateÕs perpetual prosperity. Riveting stories recount each subsidiaryÕs origins, triumphs, and journey to Berkshire and reveal the strategies managers use to generate economic value from intangible values, such as thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a sense of permanence. Rich with lessons for those wishing to profit from the Berkshire model, this engaging book is a valuable read for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and investors, and it makes an important resource for scholars of corporate stewardship. General readers will enjoy learning how an iconoclastic businessman transformed a struggling shirt company into a corporate fortress destined to be his lasting legacy.

What Is Value Investing by Lawrence A. Cunningham

Title What Is Value Investing
Author Lawrence A. Cunningham
Publisher McGraw Hill Professional
Release Date 2004-04-22
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 96
ISBN 9780071442268
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Today's Most Easy-to-Understand Introduction to Value Investing--How It Works, and How to Make It Work for You Lawrence Cunningham is one of today's leading authorities on value investing. What Is Value Investing? provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to make value investing a profitable part of your financial strategy. It explains how to: Measure the true value of a stock, not the value given to it by an emotion-driven marketplace Uncover and avoid companies that look impressive but hide serious problems Invest only in companies that fall within your "circle of competence"--products and companies you truly understand Use the eight key rules of value investing to screen every stock for value before you add it to your portfolio Value investors don't simply buy low-priced shares; they invest in solid, proven companies. What is Value Investing? will give you the knowledge to become a successful value investor who insists on investing only in high-quality, time-proven companies and getting them for pennies on the dollar. Lawrence Cunningham is a professor of law and business at Boston College. The author of Outsmarting the Smart Money and How to Think Like Benjamin Graham and Invest Like Warren Buffett, Professor Cunningham has been featured in publications from Forbes to Money and on networks including CNBC, CNN, and PBS.

The Buffett Essays Symposium by Lawrence A. Cunningham

Title The Buffett Essays Symposium
Author Lawrence A. Cunningham
Publisher Harriman House Limited
Release Date 2016-05-08
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 150
ISBN 9780857195395
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Among the landmark occasions in the legendary history of Berkshire Hathaway and its iconic co-leaders, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, was a 1996 symposium held in New York at Cardozo Law School. The focus of the symposium was Warren's letters to Berkshire shareholders. The format was a series of panels with two dozen different experts dissecting all the ideas in the letters, about corporate governance, takeovers, investing, and accounting. Intellectual sparks illuminated the two-day affair, which drew unusual press interest for an academic convocation. While the principal tangible result of the conference was the publication of the international best-seller, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, the transcript of the symposium is now being made available with annotations and updated commentary that show just how timeless the topics are and how venerable the principles Buffett laid out remain. I had the honor of hosting the event, editing The Essays, and now publishing this archival treasure, with current assessments by such luminaries as Robert Hagstrom as well as several participants from the original symposium.

Title The Essays of Warren Buffett
Author Warren Buffett
Publisher Wiley
Release Date 2021-05-13
Category
Total Pages 384
ISBN 1119803276
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As in previous editions of The Essays of Warren Buffett, this one retains the architecture and philosophy of the original edition but adds selections from Warren Buffett's most recent annual shareholder letters. All the letters are woven together into a fabric that reads as a complete and coherent narrative of a sound business and investment philosophy. As an aid to all readers, and to enable readers of the previous editions to see what is new in this one, a disposition table at the end of the book shows the various places in this collection where selections from each year's letter appear. Footnotes throughout indicate the year of the annual report from which essays are taken. To avoid interrupting the narrative flow, omissions of text within excerpts are not indicated by ellipses or other punctuation. This new edition is called for not because anything has changed about the fundamentals of Buffett's sound business and investment philosophy but because articulation of that philosophy is always delivered in the context of contemporary events and business conditions so periodic updating is warranted to maintain its currency

Great Economic Thinkers by Jonathan Conlin

Title Great Economic Thinkers
Author Jonathan Conlin
Publisher Reaktion Books
Release Date 2018-11-15
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781789140279
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Great Economic Thinkers presents an accessible introduction to the lives and works of thirteen of the most influential economists of modern times: Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, and Nobel Prize winners Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, John Forbes Nash, Jr., Daniel Kahneman, Amartya Sen, and Joseph Stiglitz. Free from confusing jargon and equations, the book describes key concepts put forward by these thinkers and shows how they have come to shape how we see ourselves and our society. Readers will consider the role played by the division of labor, wages and rents, cognitive biases, saving, entrepreneurship, game theory, liberalism, laissez-faire, and welfare economics. All of the economists featured have had a profound influence on our attitudes towards market intervention and regulation, taxation, trade, and monetary policy. Each of the chapters—all written by an acknowledged expert—combines a biographical outline of a single thinker with critical analysis of their contribution to economic thought. If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about the theorists who gave us the invisible hand, Marxism, Keynesianism, creative destruction, behavioral economics, and many other foundational concepts of economics, this collection of essays is the perfect place to start.

Value Investing by Martin J. Whitman

Title Value Investing
Author Martin J. Whitman
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2000-10-09
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0471398101
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Provides a modern analytical framework for assessing a company's true value Written by a true value investor known for his ability to buy undervalued companies and re-sell them at a substantial profit, Value Investing provides an analytical framework that evaluates the impact of real events-including restructuring, regulations, mergers and acquisitions, and other important factors-on a company's value. Well-known for his success with distressed corporations and value investing, author Martin Whitman wages a controversial attack on the modern financial practice of focusing on price movements and short-term trading. In Value Investing, Whitman identifies fundamental factors affecting the value of companies and entire markets from the ground up and takes value investing one step further by demonstrating how industry movement and public policy decisions can lead to greater returns. He also highlights the shortcomings of all the popularly applied analytical techniques.

Deep Value by Tobias E. Carlisle

Title Deep Value
Author Tobias E. Carlisle
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2014-08-18
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781118747964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The economic climate is ripe for another golden age of shareholder activism Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations is a must-read exploration of deep value investment strategy, describing the evolution of the theories of valuation and shareholder activism from Graham to Icahn and beyond. The book combines engaging anecdotes with industry research to illustrate the principles and methods of this complex strategy, and explains the reasoning behind seemingly incomprehensible activist maneuvers. Written by an active value investor, Deep Value provides an insider's perspective on shareholder activist strategies in a format accessible to both professional investors and laypeople. The Deep Value investment philosophy as described by Graham initially identified targets by their discount to liquidation value. This approach was extremely effective, but those opportunities are few and far between in the modern market, forcing activists to adapt. Current activists assess value from a much broader palate, and exploit a much wider range of tools to achieve their goals. Deep Value enumerates and expands upon the resources and strategies available to value investors today, and describes how the economic climate is allowing value investing to re-emerge. Topics include: Target identification, and determining the most advantageous ends Strategies and tactics of effective activism Unseating management and fomenting change Eyeing conditions for the next M&A boom Activist hedge funds have been quiet since the early 2000s, but economic conditions, shareholder sentiment, and available opportunities are creating a fertile environment for another golden age of activism. Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations provides the in-depth information investors need to get up to speed before getting left behind.

Creating Strategic Value by Joseph Calandro

Title Creating Strategic Value
Author Joseph Calandro
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2020-09-08
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 237
ISBN 9780231550673
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The principles of value investing have resonated with savvy practitioners in the world of finance for a long time. In Creating Strategic Value, Joseph Calandro Jr. explores how the core ideas and methods of value investing can be profitably applied to corporate strategy and management. Calandro builds from an analysis of traditional value investing concepts to their strategic applications. He surveys value investing’s past, present, and future, drawing on influential texts, from Graham and Dodd’s time-tested works to more recent studies, to reveal potent managerial lessons. He explains the theoretical aspects of value investing-consistent approaches to corporate strategy and management and details how they can be successfully employed through practical case studies that demonstrate value realization in action. Calandro analyzes the applicability of key ideas such as the margin-of-safety principle to corporate strategy in a wide range of areas beyond stocks and bonds. He highlights the importance of an “information advantage”—knowing something that a firm’s competitors either do not know or choose to ignore—and explains how corporate managers can apply this key value investing differentiator. Offering expert insight into the use of time-tested value investing principles in new fields, Creating Strategic Value is an important book for corporate strategy and management practitioners at all levels as well as for students and researchers.

Warren Buffett On Business by Richard J. Connors

Title Warren Buffett on Business
Author Richard J. Connors
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2009-12-09
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 259
ISBN 9780470502303
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author weaves pearls of wisdom from Warren Buffet into an engaging narrative, organized into business and management topics, in a book that provides direct hands-on information for entrepreneurs, business students and more.