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Friday, May 18, 2018

What Mickey Mantle Taught Me About Value Investing

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

It’s been tough for value investors. Over the last ten years ending March 31, 2018, the S&P 500 Growth index outperformed the S&P 500 Value index by nearly 4% per year. Compounded annually, that’s a difference of nearly 90%! And this wouldn’t be the first time. This will change. Profits and retained earnings are what should matter over the long run.

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Topic: Strategies

 


Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting 2018: Buffett Prefers Discipline over IQ

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Thousands flock to Omaha each year in search of a magical nugget, courtesy of Warren Buffett, that we can apply to our investment process and to our lives. And each year, we are reminded that the secret to successful investing is there is no secret.

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Topic: Strategies

 


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Buy and Hold ... Stock Certificates?

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

We’ve all heard the stories. “Husband Finds $4.3 mln worth of Stock in Attic.” “Children Find Parents’ Treasure Trove of Stock Certificates in Basement.” We should all be so lucky. But what if this had less to do with luck and more to do with tried and true investment strategies? Can we learn something from these tales (other than it’s about time you visited Grandma and helped clean the attic)?

Read on: Buy and Hold ... Stock Certificates?

Topic: Strategies

 


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

“Steve’s Notes” on Buffett’s 2017 Annual Letter to Shareholders

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Steve Haberstroh’s takeaways on reading Warren Buffett’s letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

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Topic: Strategies

 


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Family Bank

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Many wealthy families are increasingly looking to family members to help finance a home or new business venture. Going into business with family certainly can be tricky but if you have a good relationship with a wealthy family member, such loans may make sense. In order to pass muster with the IRS, though, family loans must contain a promissory note, must spell out a fixed repayment schedule, and must comply with Applicable Federal Tax Rates(AFRs) per IRS guidelines.

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Topic: Strategies

 


Thursday, November 02, 2017

If Your Advisor Retires, Where Does That Leave You?

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Is your financial advisor going to retire before you do? Ernst & Young says most financial advisors are aged 50-plus. Then consider CastleKeep: a multigenerational team set up to provide advice for generations.

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Topic: Strategies

 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Looking for Losses

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Summer has come and gone in the U.S. Fall is here. So while many people are excited about this year’s harvest at the local apple orchard, here at CastleKeep we’re focused on a different kind of harvest: tax losses. Yes, it may sound peculiar, but we are currently looking for losses in our client portfolios. And you should be too.

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Topic: Strategies

 


Friday, May 12, 2017

Warren Buffett Responded

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

Back in February, I wrote a piece in reaction to Warren Buffett’s discussion on hedge fund and investment management fees in his latest Annual Letter to Shareholders. The heart of my post was that yes, many hedge fund and investment managers are not worth the fees they charge, but much like how Buffett relies on his Co-Chairman Charlie Munger for financial advice, surely, the average investor can receive value when paying for financial advice and expertise. My final post ended, “So would Buffett be willing to pay his ‘advisor,’ Charlie Munger, 1% per year to help him manage large and impactful investment decisions? I’m willing to wager he’d say ‘yes.’”

Well, at the Berkshire Annual meeting this year, I won my wager ...

Read on: Warren Buffett Responded

Topic: Strategies

 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Wager with Warren: A Reaction to Berkshire Hathaway’s 2016 Annual Letter to Shareholders

by Steve Haberstroh, Partner

It was another classic. Warren Buffett covered everything from colonoscopy prep to the limitations of GAAP accounting. He took me through a range of emotions. For the hour or so I spent with Buffett (figuratively of course), I experienced curiosity, surprise, frustration, reverence, bewilderment, laughter, and respect. The one thing I did not do was cry although it would not have been the first-time Buffett has made me cry. I challenge you to watch the newly released HBO documentary, Becoming Warren Buffett, and not shed a tear.  ...

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Topic: Strategies

 

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