The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior analyst Matt Argersinger and analyst Paul Chi discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Matt and Paul discuss Markel, a well-managed insurance company that's built in the Berkshire Hathaway mold. Recent years haven't been kind to the insurance industry, but Markel stands out for its underwriting discipline, market-beating investment track record, and steady diversification into lucrative, non-insurance-related businesses. Markel's latest results show a company that's firing on all cylinders and a stock that's poised for market-beating growth in the years ahead. Get Matt and Paul's full take by watching the video/

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