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RWH032: The Vigilant Investor w/ Chris Bloomstran

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In this episode, William Green chats with Chris Bloomstran, President & Chief Investment Officer of Semper Augustus. This conversation is so rich that it’s been divided into two episodes. Here, in Part 1, Chris explains how to achieve long-term success by seeking a “dual margin of safety” that comes from owning high-quality businesses at attractive prices. He also warns about the perennial dangers of irrational exuberance, which he now sees in hot stocks like Tesla & Nvidia.


IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

00:00 - Intro

04:45 - What Chris Bloomstran learned from his brilliant mentor, Robert Smith.

08:17 - How Chris & Robert skillfully sidestepped the dotcom bubble & crash.

10:00 - What lessons Chris drew from an early investment that fell to zero.

35:17 - Why Chris named his investment firm after a crazily overvalued tulip.

44:53 - What Sir John Templeton saw as the best antidote to financial insanity. 

55:38 - How to succeed in stocks by seeking a “dual margin of safety.”

56:51 - How his definition of a quality business has evolved.

1:07:01 - Why he’s skeptical about Cathie Wood’s ARK portfolio.

1:09:02 - Why hot tech stocks like Nvidia are likely to disappoint for many years.

1:11:32 - Why he’s wary of hype & “puffery” about Tesla’s glorious future.

1:17:49 - Why he’s trimmed great but pricey holdings like Costco & Nike.


Disclaimer: Slight discrepancies in the timestamps may occur due to podcast platform differences.


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