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I am an author of books related to the decision framing and optimizing processes of Buffett and Munger. These books are available at www.frips.com and: http://www.amazon.com/Bud-Labitan/e/B002D1ERT4 With integrity and patience, we can also earn superior profits by carefully evaluating facts and... More
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  • Free 20 Chapter Version Of The MOATS Book 0 comments
    May 18, 2012 10:01 AM | about stocks: BRK.A, AXP, KO, COP, COST, JNJ, MDLZ, MTB, MCO, PG, USB, USG, WMT, GHC

    Free 20 chapter version of the MOATS book

    Many volunteers contributed research to this fine book about business competitive advantages. In an effort to raise awareness for MOATS : Competitive Advantages of 70 Buffett & Munger Businesses, I am releasing a free 20 chapter abridged version over the internet in pdf form.

    You can download your copy here: http://www.frips.com/moats20.pdf

    Feel free to respond with constructive criticism. Perhaps we can include your findings in the second edition next year.

    MOATS may currently be the best business book that describes the competitive advantages of profitable businesses. However, being a self-published project without a big publishing house marketing effort, it has been floating under the radar of awareness of serious financial journalists. Therefore, this free 20 chapter abridged version is released to get people talking about it, as well as critically reviewing its content.

    MOATS describes the nature of 70 selected businesses purchased by Buffett and Munger for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. MOATS is a very useful resource for investors, managers, students of business. Since its subject matter has proven success, MOATS may become a useful practical text in businesses schools around the world. MOATS also looks at the sustainability of these competitive advantages in each of the 70 chapters. The author extends a special thanks to Professor Phani Tej Adidam, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Marketing and Management and Director of the CBA International Initiatives at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Thanks are extended to Richard Konrad, CFA, Dr. Maulik Suthar, and Scott Thompson, MBA for sharing their thoughts, analysis, and feedback.

    The 70 Businesses covered in MOATS:

    Acme Brick Company, w Adam Ward
    American Express Co. (NYSE:AXP), Dr. Maulik Suthar
    Applied Underwriters, w Adam Ward
    Ben Bridge Jeweler, w Beryl Chavez Li
    Benjamin Moore & Co., w Mr. Jack Wang CPA
    Berkshire Hathaway Group, w Brian Greising & Rick Mayhew
    Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, w Beryl Chavez Li
    BoatU.S., w Peter Chen
    Borsheims Fine Jewelry, w Tariq Khan.
    Buffalo News, Bud Labitan & Peter Stein
    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. w David Leoy.
    Business Wire, w Larry Harmych.
    BYD, w Kevin Walsh.
    Central States Indemnity Company, w Azalia Khousnoutdinova,
    Clayton Homes, w Erin Sestak.
    Coca Cola (NYSE:KO) w Sebastian Jung,
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), w Adam D. Studts, PE.
    CORT Business Services, w Erin Sestak.
    Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST), w Jubin Jacob, AUC-SOM
    CTB Inc., w Todd Sullivan.
    Fechheimer Brothers Company, w Ben Albaitis.
    FlightSafety, w Peter Stein
    Forest River, w Richard Konrad, CFA
    Fruit of the Loom®, Dr. Maulik Suthar
    Garan Incorporated, w Dr. Edwin Fuentes
    Gateway Underwriters Agency, assigned Daniel Rudewicz, CFA
    GEICO Auto Insurance w Florian Beil,
    General Re, w Raghu Dasari, & Theodor Tonca
    H.H. Brown Shoe Group, w Mervyn H. Teo
    Helzberg Diamonds, w Natalja Callahan
    HomeServices of America, w Sebastian Jung
    IBM, w Tim Bishop & Peter Stein
    International Dairy Queen, Inc., w Tariq Khan
    Iscar Metalworking Companies, w Kevin Walsh
    Johns Manville, w Manpreet Singh Saran
    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Beryl Chavez Li
    Jordan's Furniture, w Zehao Sun.
    Justin Brands, Dr. Maulik Suthar
    Kraft Foods (KFT), w Andrea Tagart.
    Larson-Juhl, w Tim Bishop
    Lubrizol, w Scott Thompson, MBA.
    M&T Bank Corp (NYSE:MTB), w Cliff Orr & Richard Konrad, CFA
    Marmon Holdings, Inc., w David Lau & Theodor Tonca
    McLane Company, Dr. Maulik Suthar,
    Medical Protective, w Michael Murillo
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, w Dr. Maulik Suthar & Brian Bernardino, JD
    MiTek Inc. w Mr. Jack Wang CPA
    Moody's (NYSE:MCO), w Raghu Dasari
    National Indemnity Company, w Jen Iwanski & Rick Mayhew
    Nebraska Furniture Mart, w Julie Rosenbaugh, Theodor Tonca, & Shouryamoy Das
    NetJets®, w Christian Labitan
    PacifiCorp., w Beryl Chavez Li
    Precision Steel Warehouse, Inc., w Adam D. Studts, PE & J.T. Loudermilk, MBA
    Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), w Beryl Chavez Li
    RC Willey Home Furnishings, w Azalia Khousnoutdinova
    Richline Group, Daniel Doyon
    Scott Fetzer Companies, Cliff Orr & Hoang Quoc Anh, Vietnam
    See's Candies, w Jen Iwanski
    Shaw Industries, w Daniel Doyon & Richard Konrad, CFA
    Star Furniture, w Pamela A. Quintero, MBA
    The Pampered Chef® w Julie Rosenbaugh
    TTI, Inc., w Peter Chen
    United States Liability Insurance Group, w Stephen Chan & Colin Farrier
    US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), w Richard Konrad, CFA
    USG Corp (NYSE:USG), w Richard Konrad, CFA
    Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) w Florian Beil
    Washington Post (WPO), w Andrea Tagart & Richard Konrad, CFA
    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), w Natalja Callahan.
    Wesco Financial Corporation, w Stephen Chan
    XTRA Corporation, Bud Labitan

    Disclosure: I am long BRK.A, BRK.B, JNJ, AXP, USB, PG.

    Additional disclosure: Many volunteers contributed research to this fine book about business competitive advantages. In an effort to raise awareness for MOATS : Competitive Advantages of 70 Buffett & Munger Businesses, I am releasing a free 20 chapter abridged version over the internet in pdf form.

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