Niche insurance provider Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) is a perfect example of this final rule. Currently trading at $505.85, Markel is 25% above its book value per share, and may not appear to be quite a catch (especially if you’re a value investor). But, considering the fact that the insurance company has one of the best investing track records during the past 10 years, the premium doesn’t really detract from the company’s appeal. Since CIO Tom Gayner joined the company, it has had a cumulative gain of 102% — not shabby for an insurance company that needs to make its money through investing or increased premiums.
Sum it all up
With the five rules listed above, you have some of the most potent investing advice that can be found in the market. But be sure that you’re not just following the moves of the great investors — rule No. 1 will always be the foundation of a good investment portfolio.
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Fool contributor Jessica Alling has no position in any stocks mentioned, but you can contact her here. The Motley Fool recommends American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Berkshire Hathaway, and Markel. The Motley Fool owns shares of American International Group, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM)., and Markel and has the following options: Long Jan 2014 $25 Calls on American International Group.
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