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The Midas Touch

The strategies that have made Warren Buffett the world's most successful investor

By: John Train Format(s): Hardback, Ebook ISBN(s): 9781906659189, 9781906659929 Published: 11 May 2009 Edition: 2nd
SKU(s): 457597 398217

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  • Second edition featuring a brand new foreword.

    If you had put $10,000 in Buffett's original investing partnership at its inception in 1956, you would have collected about $293,738 by the time he dissolved it at the end of 1969. He had never suffered a down year, even in the severe bear markets of 1957, 1962, 1966, and 1969. When the partnership was wound up, you could have elected to stay with Buffett as a shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which was spun off from the partnership and became Buffett's investing vehicle. In that event, your $10,000 would by the end of 1986 have turned into well over $5 million.

    So, John Train introduces the remarkable story of Warren Buffett in his classic text, 'The Midas Touch'. First published in 1987, 'The Midas Touch' was one of the first books to recognise Warren Buffett's spectacular record, and to attempt to explain how he achieved his success. It is short, lucid and written with style and wit. A worthy testimony to its remarkable subject.

    From the back cover of the book:

    This is the book that tells readers how to invest like the man known as 'the Wizard of Omaha' (Forbes) and the investor with 'the Midas Touch' .

    Warren Buffett is the most successful investor alive - the only member of the Forbes 400 to have earned his fortune entirely through investing. Bestselling author John Train analyzes the strategies, base...
  • 2009 Foreword
    1. A Master Investor
    Starting early
    Influences: 85 percent Ben Graham, 16 percent Phil Fisher

    2. Some Favourite Investing Principles
    Good Businesses and Bad Businesses
    The Market and Fair Value
    Nothing Exceeds Like Success
    Pricing the Whole House
    The Part Is Better Than the Whole
    Risk and Reward
    The Margin of Safety
    Zigging When You Ought to Zag
    The Efficient Market Hypothesis
    The Out of My League Dilemma
    The Leverage in Insurance Companies
    The Cash Magnification Effect
    The 12 Percent Equity Bond
    Goodwill - the Gift that Keeps Giving

    3. Buffett's Methods
    Keep It Simple
    Gold Is Where You Find It
    Corporate Stock Repurchase Programs
    Special Distributions
    Stock Options
    Corporate Philanthropy

    4. How to Invest Li...
Media Coverage


According to Forbes Magazine: There is a handful of terrific books by terrific writers, many of whom invested money for a living; none is better than John Train.

While I would not go as far as...

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The Daily Telegraph

How to invest like Warren Buffett
The author's book on Warren Buffett, "The Midas Touch", summarises the favourite investing principles of the "Sage of Omaha"

By John Train

My book on...

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Jeff Matthews Blogspot

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The Best Investing Guru To FollowJohn Train was a guest on the Motley Fool podcast with David Kuo18th October 2010

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