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Fairfax Financial vs Berkshire Hathaway

When people talk about Fairfax Financial and its chairman Prem Watsa, the description used most often is the ‘ Warren Buffett/Berkshire of Canada’. This is fitting in many ways as the companies are in similar lines of business, insurance, and have impressive investment track records. But how do they compare in term of returns to shareholders and their prospects for…

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Fairfax Financial 2012 results update

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about Fairfax Financial. Last time was in October 2011 (see here for previous posts). Fairfax recently held their annual shareholder meeting which had some great information about the company, its results, and why it is a good investment. I’ll discuss some of the highlights of the meeting in this post. First, my…

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Fairfax financial announces 10% share buyback

On Sept 22 Fairfax Financial announced a 10% share buyback. Details here. As most of you know, in previous posts I’ve discussed why Fairfax is a great undervalued business. Currently the shares are trading at about 1.05 times Q2 2011 ending book valued of $358. If business for Fairfax just stays flat then the buyback plus the current dividend of…

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Fairfax Q2 2011 results

My apologies for the lack of posting lately. I’ve had some significant repair issues with the RV and have been spending most of my time at a repair shop and re-routing travel plans for the next 2 months. So, I figured I’d jump in with a post on my favorite under valued insurance company. Fairfax Financial reported Q2 2011 results…

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Is Fairfax Financial a better value than Berkshire?

Top quality insurance companies are among the best values in the market today. I’ve written about Fairfax Financial before as the best stealth dividend stock in the world and about their CEO, Prem Watsa, who is often called the Warren Buffett of Canada. As it turns out, Berkshire Hathaway is pretty darn cheap these days as well. So, I thought…

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Recent happenings in income land

I’m finally back from my exile in the woods. I would recommend the Gila National Forest in Southwestern New Mexico to anyone who wants a bit of peace and quiet. Now back to the business of income investing. There has been a lot going on in income investor land recently. Here are some of the items that caught my eye…

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