The Other Reason Warren Buffett Would Kill to Be 21 Again

Warren Buffett is one of the greatest investors ever. But as he grows older, many people worry that he could lose his advantage. Even as Buffett hasn't seemed fearful of his own mortality, there's one regret beyond the obvious that he probably has about not being young.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, notes that the real calamity is that Buffett has set up so many investments that won't truly pan out until long after his death. In his investment portfolio, well-run companies Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC  ) , Costco (NASDAQ: COST  ) , and Nike (NYSE: NKE  ) have competitive advantages that could lose for decades. Moreover, Buffett's wholly owned businesses can take even longer to realize their full potential. More time would give Buffett the chance to see those investments through -- but then it would also just give him other regrets when he made the inevitable new investments to add to them.

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  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2014, at 12:40 PM, NotWarrenBuffett wrote:

    Could you please clarify this sentence (especially your use of the word "lose"): “In his investment portfolio, well-run companies… have competitive advantages that could lose for decades.”

    Are you saying these companies could LOSE money for decades but still turn out to be good investments due to their competitive advantages? Or is it a typo for "LAST"?

  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2014, at 3:47 PM, ronbeasley wrote:

    Costco is a very small holding, less than 1%, and Berkshire doesn't own any Nike. More useless babble from ignorant bloggers trying to sell newsletter subcriptions.

  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2014, at 7:27 PM, stockanal45 wrote:

    Obviously it's a typo.

  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2014, at 7:34 PM, stockanal45 wrote:

    I agree, these sites lure naïve newbie investors to subscribe to a newsletter which provides the same "super stock picks" or "secret advise" that's free on other sites. In most cases, whether free or not, it's just useless information.

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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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