Learning about shares: Look out for the bargains and back 'em like Buffett

Sunday 2 May 2004

Q. Barbara asks: I've heard terms like "growth" and "value" being used to describe shares and investing styles. What do these terms mean and which category should I fit into?

A. Dan responds: Growth investing and value investing are types of investment strategies. Everyone should have a strategy for picking companies to invest in. Having said that, your preferred strateg

By The Landlord

y doesn't need to pin you into any corners. A carefully planned combination of growth, value and other investments can give your portfolio a good balance.

You've probably heard of investment guru Warren Buffett, said by many to be the greatest investor the world has known. With a fortune of some US$30.5 billion, he is the second-richest person in the world (Forbes.com) and snapping at Bill Gates' heels. And he amassed it all in the sharemarket.

What you might not know about Buffett is that he is a value investor. He has stuck hard and fast to his chosen strategy -- even turning his back on the dotcom fever of the late 1990s, when rocketing internet stocks made many fortunes. Buffett, criticised for his stance, had the last laugh when the dotcom craze crashed.

So what is value investing? I'll call on Cam Watson of ABN Amro Craigs in Tauranga to explain the investing style that has made Buffett the legend he is. Cam will also cover growth investing, another popular strategy.

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