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Summary

Our primary objective is to minimize the risk of permanently losing capital over our long-term time horizon, which is five years. By concentrating on not losing money, making money will take care of itself. We control risk by demanding a substantial margin of safety in terms of value over price and limit investments to companies that have sustainable competitive advantages that will allow them to earn superior cash returns on capital. We are also business operators and recognize that we are investing in real businesses that are run by real people that face real issues. We evaluate business risks, assess people, and scrutinize competitive strengths to consider long term investment. If we would not be comfortable owning an investment for five years it does not qualify. We are not traders or speculators. We do not buy pieces of paper or discrete random variables. We are long term owners in a collection of superior business enterprises.