Warren Buffett has put together an amazing track record at Berkshire Hathaway, with sustained long-term returns that have made his shareholders rich. Yet Buffett himself thinks that you have a big advantage over him. What is it?
In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, talks about how Buffett has said that you have a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money to invest. As Dan points out, Buffett thinks making 50% annually on just $1 million is a lot easier than trying to come close to those returns with the billions he has to invest, because it's easier to focus on big ideas and bet big. By contrast, Buffett has had to choose big companies like ExxonMobil (XOM 0.67%), Coca-Cola (KO 0.36%), and IBM (IBM 0.21%) that definitely don'thave 50% annual return potential -- but anything smaller doesn't move the needle for his returns and runs the risk of moving the market in a small, illiquid stock. Dan concludes that it's important to use your advantages as much as you can, and having conviction to be smart with your stocks is a strategy that would make Buffett proud.