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Research due to be published in the CFA’s Financial Analysts Journal claims to demystify Warren Buffett’s astonishing long-term success, and shows how he has achieved his incredible run of returns. In a nutshell, the Buffett “secret sauce” is leveraging up low beta, cheap, high quality stocks. This approach has allowed Buffett to generate a high information ratio over a multi-decade career, showing that his active bets have generated significant value over a passive investment strategy.
We identify the UK’s closed-ended fund managers who have had comparable success to Buffett measured by their information ratio (albeit over a shorter time frame) and then identify whose approaches are most similar to Buffett’s. We then consider whether Buffett’s secret sauce is past its sell by date – could it be that the approach which worked so well for him is dated in a world where innovative disruption is occurring at an ever-faster pace and, if so, who are the new contenders for the sage's crown?
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