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Warren Buffett's investment advice with Cinderella reference always inspires S Sriniwasan

The investment guru's shareholder letter remains the Kotak Investment Advisory MD's favourite quotes so far.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 03, 2019, 10.20 AM IST
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Warren Buffett's (L) use of Cinderella in his letter to the shareholders still resonates in S Sriniwasan​'s (R) mind.
Warren Buffett's (L) use of Cinderella in his letter to the shareholders still resonates in S Sriniwasan's (R) mind.
When seeking best-in-class investment lessons, who can be a better teacher than Warren Buffett. While a one on one session with the investment guru is a distant dream for most, his annual shareholder letters can be a good starting point.

Take a cue from S Sriniwasan, MD, Kotak Investment Advisory Ltd, who shared with ET Panache that one of his favourite motivational quotes is by Buffett. ““Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money,” goes the quote.

To set the context, this quote was a part of Buffett’s shareholder letter from almost two decades back, written in 2000. And along with this quote, he used the fairytale of Cinderella to make his point eloquently.

This is what he wrote, “The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball. They know that overstaying the festivities - that is, continuing to speculate in companies that have gigantic valuations relative to the cash they are likely to generate in the future - will eventually bring on pumpkins and mice. But they nevertheless hate to miss a single minute of what is one helluva party. Therefore, the giddy participants all plan to leave just seconds before midnight. There’s a problem, though: They are dancing in a room in which the clocks have no hands.”

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