LB recently did a guest spot on Expert Interview for Best Choice Software. The entire thing can be found here.
“Become more humble as the market goes your way.” – Bernard Baruch
In 1978, Wilson had a disastrous experience shorting the Resorts International casino company. Forbes dubbed it “the most catastrophic short play in modern times.”
Wilson reasoned that gambling wouldn’t catch on in Atlantic City in the 1970s. Jet travel was picking up and people could easily fly to Las Vegas instead. Ironically, he has since been proven correct, but this is a testament to the old investing adage that “Being too early is indistinguishable from being wrong.”
Wilson’s interest in Resorts International was piqued when the company’s earnings went from “something like a $600,000 in one year to an understated $50 million,” he recalled. The market believed the firm had a powerful first-mover advantage and a sustainable monopoly. Wilson felt otherwise and believed competition would rapidly pressure the high margins.
He shorted 200,000 shares in 1978 at $15 and watched them hit $190 three months later — an enormous loss on paper. Wilson’s mistake was in anticipating government expediency, when in reality it took years for new casinos to be approved.
Wilson covered stock all the way up due to margin calls, losing millions in the process. Incredibly, he still managed to generate 25% returns for his investors that year, which he estimated would have been 50% to 70% without the Resorts International loss.
More here – CFA Institute
OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Answering a question last night about his $916 million income tax loss carryforward in 1995, Donald Trump stated that “Warren Buffett took a massive deduction.” Mr. Trump says he knows more about taxes than any other human. He has not seen my income tax returns. But I am happy to give him the facts.
My 2015 return shows adjusted gross income of $11,563,931. My deductions totaled $5,477,694, of which allowable charitable contributions were $3,469,179. All but $36,037 of the remainder was for state income taxes.
The total charitable contributions I made during the year were $2,858,057,970, of which more than $2.85 billion were not taken as deductions and never will be. Tax law properly limits charitable deductions.
My federal income tax for the year was $1,845,557. Returns for previous years are of a similar nature in respect to contributions, deductions and tax rates.
I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13. (Though, being a slow starter, I owed only $7 in tax that year.) I have copies of all 72 of my returns and none uses a carryforward.
Finally, I have been audited by the IRS multiple times and am currently being audited. I have no problem in releasing my tax information while under audit. Neither would Mr. Trump – at least he would have no legalproblem.
Warren E. Buffett, 402-346-1400
The numbers they are impressive……