Collection: Charlie Munger - #20 'Traditional Moats'


Video Link: https://youtu.be/ozrk3Q_vUvU


In this episode, Charlie Munger was asked that there is a common sentiment that technology is both accelerating the pace of change and its impact broadening across most industries usurping traditional moats and so given his long career, are the traditionally moaty industries being undermined at a pace that’s different from what’s been happening in the past?


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How moats got breached time after time?

  • What is Charlie Munger comments on old classical moats?

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[Transcript]

AUDIENCE MEMBER 00:08

There is this common sentiment that technology is both accelerating the pace of change and its impact broadening across most industries usurping traditional moats.


So given your long career, I’m wondering if you think the traditionally moaty industries are being undermined at a pace that’s different from what’s been happening in the past.


CHARLIE MUNGER 00:28

Yeah, I think the moats have been breached time after time.


Imagine the Eastman Chemical Company going broke. Imagine all these great department stores being on the edge of extinction. Imagine all those monopoly newspapers going down. Look at the strength of the American auto industry compared to what it was, say in 1950.


I think the moats are disappearing rapidly. I mean the old classical moats. I think it’s probably a natural part of the modern economic system, as in old moats stop working.


Let me know what your problem is and I’ll try to make it more difficult for you.

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