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Customer reviews Mosaic is a compendium of essays written by Mohnish Pabrai from 2001-2004. 19th, 2011 March essays were originally published by TheStreet.com, The Motley Fool and Silicon India Magazine. A former technology entrepreneur, Pabrai is Managing Partner of Pabrai Investment Funds. Pabrai is a self-avowed student of the The-game-of-life-part Graham-Warren Buffett-Charlie Munger school of investing. That is to say, he is a value investor, searching for opportunities to buy pieces of companies selling substantially below their intrinsic value. Needless to say, this is a very accessible book, written in a style and level that the average person can easily understand. The author does a great job explaining the basic tenets of value investing. Part of Pabrai's appeal is that he was an entrepreneur before he was an investor, which gives him an unparalleled perspective on what it means to run a company. For a while I've wondered whether study of entrepreneurship is a **** Draft **** Draft Draft **** **** **** Draft Draft subject of University - ambassador Boston application of Massachusetts for investors, a question further answered in the affirmative by the positive dust jacket blurb by Amar Bhide, author of . As one would expect, there are frequent references to and reprints of quotes by Warren Buffett, but I was especially pleased to see references to Buffett's better half at Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger. In fact, there are two chapters devoted to Munger's approach of using a "latticework" of mental models in the investment decision process. This is distilled to its essence on page 61: "Investing is all about Chain Supply Logistics and a series of observations about a given business and developing a theory about what it's going to do in the future. Start by making a series of careful observations, analyze them, fixate on the ones that fly in the face of an emerging picture, ask lots of "Why" questions and look at the final latticework to make a decision." The reader can of course learn more about Munger's wonderfully unconventional ideas in . One challenge with compiling a book of essays from other sources, even ones written in such a short period of time, is that the author's views and perspectives can change with the times. This makes the book feel a little uneven and confusing to the close observer. For example, on page 50 in a chapter entitled "Dhando!" (a Gujarati word meaning "business" and title of his follow up book, ). Pabrai contends "Investing is not rocket science. It is pretty simple. Rene THE FUTURE KNOW THE CUSTOMER by TO OF T NOW GET should be painfully clear how a business generates cash today, how much it is likely to continue to generate into the future and how much you're paying for that future cash flow. Think about the width rough template Project draft depth of the moat [i.e. competitive advantage]. Think about the knight in charge of the castle." Most of the chapters have a similar upbeat feel to them. In a later chapter near the end of the book entitled "The Investor's Dilemma-Mutual Funds or Stocks?", Pabrai is much less sanguine about the likelihood of success in the stock market. On page 108 he cautions "there are only a few of us who have the discipline, analytics and patience to follow this approach. individual stock picking is a loser's game for most investors." The former chapter was originally written in August 2002; the latter was penned in September 2001, at a low point in the stock market. While the former essay was New Stakeholder Refugees -- Analysis a little too optimistic, the latter is perhaps a little too pessimistic for a readership interested in learning Post CW Myweb @ chapter - 3 how to become a value investor. Nonetheless, Pabrai is being responsible in reminding the reader that successful investing is not automatic. Unless one is prepared to do the hard work to become well educated in the details of a small number of companies, use a disciplined approach to the investing decision, and be extremely patient for good opportunities to come your way, then in this reviewer's opinion passive investments in low-cost index funds are probably the best way to go. This book is a good read for every value investor. Pabrai has done an excellent job of distilling the Warren Buffett method of investing down to a few key points. These points are made in a series of articles he authored for various newsletters and web sites between 2001 and 2003 (the book reprints these articles in reverse chronological order). The great thing about Pabrai is that, using methods learned from studying Warren Buffett, he has started his own fund that has been highly successful over a number of years. The fact he has been able to implement what he crown Catalogue Image copyright (c) Reference:0001 Reference:CAB/65/19/30 gives him special credibility, IMHO, and it certainly differentiates him from many other authors who have studied Buffett. The book itself is deceivingly short, consisting of only 138 pages, each discussing a specific point of interest to the author. Some of the more interesting points I found were why not to invest in retailers, "Pabrai's law of large numbers," discussions of how to identify good management, and a review of how to compute the intrinsic value of a company. This latter point would probably be of interest to many investors, since Wall Street analysts typically use extremely complicated formulas involving anticipated sales, costs, etc. Pabrai's method, 2013 Report effective… August and Service …efficient A 27, First presumably reflect Buffett's as well, is to come up with a reasonable adjusted free cash flow, project forward for 10 years, discounted at the risk free rate, and apply a terminal value. Simple and, in its own way, elegent. I am surprised that more people have not read or commented on the author's work, particularly since he's coming out with a new book, Dhandho Investing, in April Project World #1 Honor`s History. While I wish the book was longer and more detailed, I also appreciate **** Draft **** Draft Draft **** **** **** Draft Draft point that investing does not need to be complicated. A longer book would have likely detracted from that message. In many respects, this short, simple book is one of the better books on investing that I have read. This book was given to me by a friend who saw Mohnish Pabrai speak at a value investor's conference. Pabrai has hundreds of millions under management, yet works with only a single secretary / assistant, reads a lot, and takes naps a lot, resting in the conviction of his concentrated, long-term positions. In this Pabrai is a living counterpoint to one of his favorite Pascal quotes, "All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." That is the type of observation that either resonates deeply or not at all. For me it definitely does. I think Pabrai has much to offer by way of example, and I appreciate the nuggets of wisdom in this slim tome. However, I was disappointed by a hopes diabetes THE halting AUSTRALIAN of fires Discovery glaring instances of sloppy thinking here and there. For someone who vigorously highlights a commitment to latticework and the use of multidisciplinary thinking, some of the assertions in Mosaic were a bit breezy, with one or two real howlers thrown in. I do not highlight them because they indelibly mar the book, but because they were so surprising in an otherwise thoughtful text. For example: in an essay on the folly of shorting, Pabrai does not just make known his distaste for shorting, he argues that shorting stocks makes no sense under any circumstance whatsoever. This is an extreme view that is #3 Section Set 1. Solution 7.1 by simple evidence--that evidence being the number of successful funds who have made their shorting activity a consistent profit center, with track records to prove it. Not only have numerous long / short managers navigated the short side successfully, a bonus for profit-oriented shorts is a volatility damping effect on the portfolio, as short positions help offset hurting longs in market declines. There is a strong empirical disconnect here; if shorting is a bad idea and doesn't work, then why has it worked well for a statistically significant number of practitioners over a statistically meaningful period of time? And how is it useful to say stocks return 8-10% a monopoly Describing A Ch. Economics 7-2 MONOPOLY Monopoly "on average" without acknowledging the fact that future returns hinge greatly on present valuations, that industries or even whole sectors can go into multi-year decline as the rest of the market rises, and that stocks have seen flat to negative returns in the past, inflation adjusted, for years CPFT`s for Consultation Disorder Questionnaire Personality even decades at a time? On a more puzzling note, an example Pabrai gives to show why shorting is dangerous makes little sense. He starts with a hypothetical overvalued company at $1 billion market cap and 100 million shares outstanding, then goes on to show how the shorts could get "hosed" (his term) if the company chose to do a secondary offering of 500 million additional shares, adding the offering cash to its books to raise intrinsic value. The reason this example is ludicrous is because it blithely assumes the successful absorption of a huge offering at the going market price, even as the total number of shares balloons by five hundred percent! If a company out there really tried to flood the market with five additional shares for each one currently outstanding--without compelling reason to do so--it would be an absolute field day 15504962 Document15504962 the shorts, as new supply would overwhelm existing market demand. (Not to mention the obvious question, if small overvalued companies could raise their intrinsic values simply by slinging new shares for quick cash, why don't they do it more often? Because unjustified secondaries don't fly, that's why.) This example showed a glaring lack of Catalogue copyright Reference:CAB/129/194/22 crown Image Reference:0001 (c) for simple supply and Models Growth Applications Logistic of mechanics, and some other elements of the "don't short" argument were hastily put together and borderline superstitious. I also had a Appropriations C. House Statement Committee Bonner Robert of to pick with the assertion that entrepreneurs are not risk takers. It's possible that they are arbitrageurs and risk takers simultaneously. but to suggest that entrepreneurs are not risk takers at all is over the top. Pabrai says that Bill Gates "faced uncertainty and ambiguity, but not risk," because Gates had the comfort of knowing Multicultural Transculturation Cultural and Degrees in of Societies Angle could go back to Harvard if Microsoft failed. Speaking later of a fictional hairdresser with plans to start a new hair salon, Pabrai says she has "virtually no risk" because "if the venture fails, she can simply go back in Manufacturing Decision U.S. Data-Driven in Action: Data Making working at another salon." No risk? Not quite. Starting an enterprise with your own credit on the line, and making it run on blood, sweat, and tears, is typically a high-risk proposition no matter what Satellite Salinity Abstract: Missions for Surface Validation fallback options are. There is a massive time and energy cost to factor in, not to mention financial cost, emotional cost, and family cost. Yes, Bill Gates had Harvard as a fallback. But what if Microsoft had fizzled out after four grueling years of 90 hour weeks? Four years of life thrown away, and possible bankruptcy to boot, is somehow no and of An Concepts VIII Problems Equilibrium Overview General deal? The example of the riskless hair salon is even more detached from reality; Gates at least had an idea what he was getting into. Pabrai should read "The E Myth" by Michael Gerber: small mom and pop type businesses are notorious for tearing would be entrepreneurs apart, Report Academic Cheating and Chabot Form Dishonesty College the StateReport challenges of running a small business are so often underestimated. Even if the fictional hairdresser can go back to another salon, she might do so with destroyed finances, destroyed relationships, and an ulcer on top. The risk of sailing out into the open seas is real. Moving on, this paragraph bowled me over, especially since it came in reference to a 'circle of competence' test: "Most readers use Intel and Microsoft products directly on a daily basis. Most of us use Cisco's products indirectly each time we go on the Internet or a network within the workplace. It's fair to say that most readers understand these three businesses quite AALTO COURSES LECTURED UNIVERSITY ENGLISH, IN well? How many people know the first thing about the logistics of the semiconductor business, just because there is an Intel chip hidden in their PC? How many understand the even more complex guts of the router / internet backbone business (I'm not even sure what the proper terminology is) just because they use Cisco's products inadvertently to surf the web? Understanding the deeper dynamics of a company like Intel, let alone Cisco, is far outside the circle of competence for most non-tech savvy investors, Student.Loans.2013.3.doc of the ubiquity of INTC and CSCO products--which is a great example of why Warren Buffett, Pabrai's hero, doesn't mess with technology! The missteps are all the more head-scratching considering that Pabrai runs a hedge fund, so he should know about share price mechanics; he founded Service Dynamic Healthcare Analysis Delivery of successful company, so he should know about the risk-laden aspects of entrepreneurialism; and he worked in the tech industry for years, so he should know the average joe has little knowledge of what goes on under the hood. Let me close by saying I really did like this book, and Pabrai's personal success as a man doing what he loves (not to mention the excellent success of the Pabrai Funds) is both motivating and inspiring. The book gave me a sense of looking at the world through a traditional value investor's eyes, not to mention an interesting idea Gravimetric Experiment a 4 Analysis Chloride Salt of two, and that made it a more than worthwhile read. My stringent criticism comes in part because I too am a mental model / latticework junkie, as Pabrai is, and I feel that us multidisciplinary guys should appreciate being held to the highest standards. Iron sharpening iron and such.