Lou Simpson

Last Update: 08-14-2017

Number of Stocks: 14
Number of New Stocks: 0

Total Value: $2,746 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 5%

Countries: USA
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Lou Simpson' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Buffett met Simpson in 1996 when he was CEO of Geico's capital operations and Buffett was completing his purchase of Geico. Impressed with his track record, Buffett kept Simpson on as chief investment officer.

At his retirement from Berkshire subsidiary Geico in 2010, Simpson managed more than $4 billion worth of stocks. Throughout his time with Berkshire, Simpson and Buffett’s stock picks overlapped sometimes due to similarities in their thinking, but both men clearly had independent processes and disagreed with each other sometimes as well.

Before joining GEICO in 1979 as senior vice president and chief investment officer, Simpson was president and CEO of Western Asset Management, a partner at Stein Roe and Farnham, and an economics instructor at Princeton University.

Investing Philosophy

Buffett frequently sang the praises of Lou Simpson. Once, in his 2004 investor letter, Buffett called him “a cinch to be inducted into the investment Hall of Fame” based on his return performance history. From 1980 to 2004, Simpson produced an average annual gain of 20.3%, compared to 13.5% for the S&P 500. In that time, he had only three negative years, and only four years of less than double-digit returns.

Later, in 2006, Buffett intimated that Simpson, “a top-notch investor with an outstanding long-term record,” would be the natural replacement for him as CEO of Berkshire, were Simpson not a mere six years younger than him.

In a rare interview, Simpson in 2010 told the Chicago Tribune upon his retirement: "My approach is eclectic. I try to read all company documents carefully. We try to talk to competitors. We try to find people more knowledgeable about the business than we are. We do not rely on Wall Street-generated research. We do our own research. We try to meet with top management."

Total Holding History

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Lou Simpson Boosts 3 Positions, Trims 3 Others in 2nd Quarter Guru reports quarterly portfolio
 Lou Simpson (TradesPortfolio), Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s former chief investment officer, added to his positions in Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYK), Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) and Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE:ST) during the second quarter. The SQ Advisors LLC manager also trimmed his positions in AMETEK Inc. (NYSE:AME), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B) and Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE:SCHW).
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Former Berkshire Investor Lou Simpson Buys SBA Communications, Adds to Apple Manager endorsed by Buffett reports portfolio
The man Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) chose to lead investments at Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) subsidiary GEICO, Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio), last week reported his latest portfolio update for his personal fund. Read more...
Jeff Ubben Buys 1, Sells 1 in 1st Quarter ValueAct leader to step down from CIO role
Jeff Ubben (Trades, Portfolio)’s ValueAct Holdings bought Bioverativ Inc. (NASDAQ:BIVV) and sold Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE:ALSN) during the first quarter. Read more...
Lou Simpson Sells Wells Fargo, Berkshire, Ametek Guru's largest 1st-quarter sales
Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio) is manager of SQ Advisors. He manages a portfolio composed of 14 stocks with a total value of $2.619 billion. During the first quarter the guru sold shares in the following stocks: Read more...
Lou Simpson Goes 2 for 2 in 3rd Quarter Guru eliminates Valeant position, makes two buys in technology and chemicals
Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio), manager of SQ Advisors LLC, eliminated his positions in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE:VRX) and U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) during the third quarter. With the proceeds from these two transactions, Simpson invested in Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (NYSE:AXTA) and Sensata Technologies Holding N. V. (NYSE:ST). These transactions align with the guru’s investing strategy of investing in understandable companies. Read more...
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Lou Simpson Boosts 3 Positions, Trims 3 Others in 2nd Quarter Guru reports quarterly portfolio Warren Buffett, Lou Simpson - Lou Simpson Boosts 3 Positions, Trims 3 Others In 2nd Quarter
 Lou Simpson (TradesPortfolio), Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s former chief investment officer, added to his positions in Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYK), Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) and Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE:ST) during the second quarter. The SQ Advisors LLC manager also trimmed his positions in AMETEK Inc. (NYSE:AME), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B) and Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE:SCHW). Liberty More...

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Lou Simpson Sells Wells Fargo, Berkshire, Ametek Guru's largest 1st-quarter sales Lou Simpson,Mario Gabelli,Joel Greenblatt,Steven C - Lou Simpson Sells Wells Fargo, Berkshire, Ametek
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Jeff Ubben Buys 1, Sells 1 in 1st Quarter ValueAct leader to step down from CIO role Jeff Ubben,Lou Simpson - Jeff Ubben Buys 1, Sells 1 In 1st Quarter
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Former Berkshire Investor Lou Simpson Buys SBA Communications, Adds to Apple Manager endorsed by Buffett reports portfolio Lou Simpson - Former Berkshire Investor Lou Simpson Buys SBA Communications, Adds To Apple
The man Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) chose to lead investments at Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) subsidiary GEICO, Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio), last week reported his latest portfolio update for his personal fund. More...

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Lou Simpson Trims Berkshire Hathaway, Gains Apple in 4th Quarter Guru reports quarterly portfolio Lou Simpson, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates - Lou Simpson Trims Berkshire Hathaway, Gains Apple In 4th Quarter
Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio), manager of SQ Advisors, seeks long-term capital appreciation with an investing approach that departs from Wall Street-generated approaches. Simpson and his team do deep research on companies, including visits with top management and chats with the company’s competitors. During fourth-quarter 2016, Simpson trimmed his position in Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B)(NYSE:BRK.A) and gained a stake in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). More...

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Lou Simpson Goes 2 for 2 in 3rd Quarter Guru eliminates Valeant position, makes two buys in technology and chemicals Lou Simpson - Lou Simpson Goes 2 For 2 In 3rd Quarter
Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio), manager of SQ Advisors LLC, eliminated his positions in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE:VRX) and U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) during the third quarter. With the proceeds from these two transactions, Simpson invested in Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (NYSE:AXTA) and Sensata Technologies Holding N. V. (NYSE:ST). These transactions align with the guru’s investing strategy of investing in understandable companies. More...

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A High-Tech Manufacturer With Excellent Growth Prospects AMETEK is an Undervalued Predictable company that may not be undervalued for long Lou Simpson,Daniel Loeb,Mario Gabelli - A High-Tech Manufacturer With Excellent Growth Prospects
When AMETEK (NYSE:AME) reported its third-quarter results Tuesday, it continued its give-and-take story of this year: gains from recent acquisitions and losses from exposure to the oil and gas industry. More...

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Valeant: Heads I Win, Tails I Don't Lose Much Though it has many obstacles, Valeant is too cheap to ignore Bill Ackman, Lou Simpson - Valeant: Heads I Win, Tails I Don't Lose Much
There are several reasons to dislike Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX). Lack of management credibility, accounting irregularities and other legal investigations related to a price increase on a couple of drugs have caused its share price to fall from the high of $260 to $28.95. Investors in the company, including me, had a stomach-churning experience. More...

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Lou Simpson Buys Berkshire, Wells Fargo, US Bancorp Former Geico CIO bets on Buffett-owned stocks Warren Buffett, Lou Simpson - Lou Simpson Buys Berkshire, Wells Fargo, US Bancorp
Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio) manages a portfolio composed of 12 stocks with a total value of more than $3 billion. During the fourth quarter, he increased his stakes in the following seven stocks. More...

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Is Valeant a Good Buy Now? Investors may want to follow Lou Simpson into the stock Lou Simpson - Is Valeant A Good Buy Now?
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX) has been on a wild ride over the past several years. It was once the stock market darling when its stock price jumped from $40 per share in 2012 to $250 per share in July last year. Then it plunged to only $87 at the time of this writing. Investors have been in doubt about the company’s business model and accounting practices. However, value investors such as Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio) and T Rowe Price Associates have been buying its shares. Should we follow them into this stock? Let’s dig deeper. More...

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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. More...

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Lou Simpson Adds to Valeant Stake Former Geico CEO ups holding in 4th quarter Lou Simpson - Lou Simpson Adds To Valeant Stake
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Simpson and Greenberg Buy Brookfield Despite Negative Report Report raises serious allegations against Brookfield Asset Management, but several gurus keep buying Glenn Greenberg,Lou Simpson,Tom Gayner,Third Avenu - Simpson And Greenberg Buy Brookfield Despite Negative Report
Recently the Probes Reporter wrote a negative report on Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM) calling it "An Unanalyzable Black Box." In the report it discusses several government investigations, lack of disclosures about the investigations and Brookfield Asset Management's financial engineering. More...

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Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio), an investor with Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) connections, disclosed Monday he boosted stakes in his largest holdings during the third quarter and purchased no new stocks. More...

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Lou Simpson Boosts Stake in Charles Schwab Lou Simpson - Lou Simpson Boosts Stake In Charles Schwab
Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) once dedicated a section of his annual letter to shareholders to Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio), who was Buffett’s chief investment officer at Geico for more than a decade. The section about Simpson was titled “Portrait of a Disciplined Investor.” When Simpson retired in 2010, he managed more than $4 billion worth of stocks. More...

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Simpson and Buffett BOTH own this wide moat stock.
Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP) was founded in Portland, Oregon circa 1949. The company manufactures structural investment castings, forged components and airfoil castings for aircraft jet engines and power turbines. More...

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Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has called Lou Simpson (Trades, Portfolio) “a cinch to be inducted into the investment hall of fame,” and he should know. Simpson was CEO of capital operations for GEICO when Buffett bought the company in 1996, and he remained with the company until 2010. More...

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