Former Geico CIO Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio) is well known for having been a trusted manager of the Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) subsidiary, of whom Warren Buffett often sang the praises in his annual shareholder letters. As demonstrated in his fourth-quarter trades, however, Simpson can also have vastly different investment ideas than what can be considered a classic Buffett company.
One clear example of Simpson’s occasional differences from Buffett and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio)’s style is his current investment in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX), whose troubles dominated headlines toward the end of last year. In the fourth quarter, Simpson purchased an additional 745,631 shares in Valeant, upping his stake by 38%. The average price paid for the shares was $112.18, about half the average price he paid during the previous quarter. Continue Reading »