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Berkshire Hathaway


  • $BRK.B The preferred has 2 other features that materially increase its value: at some point it will b redeemed @ a significant premium price Mar 01, 2013
  • …the preferred also comes with warrants permitting us to buy 5% of the holding company’s common stock for a nominal sum $$ FD: + $BRK.B Mar 01, 2013
  • Buffett to Update His Acquisition Hunt Buffett has more than enough $$ to buy what he wants; free cash flow is huge Mar 01, 2013
  • We Want Your Questions for Warren Buffett Mail in your questions for Warren Buffett & do it here. I wil do so. $$ Mar 01, 2013

Full Disclosure: long BRK/B


Monetary Policy


  • Federal Reserve: What Happens When It Runs Out of Ammo? What happens when they need2tighten & reaction is violent $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • Fed Could Slow Bond Selloff And so they dream, not realizing tightening cycles r proportionate to loosening cycles $$ Mar 01, 2013
  • Bernanke Says U.S. Must End ‘Too Big to Fail’ Bank Subsidy Easy2do: keep raising deposit ins prems till banks balk $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Kuroda’s Inflation Failure Seen in Long Bond Rally Most nations of the world r trying voodoo economics, Japan most $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Bernanke’s Stimulus Spurring US Employment in Housing I would be more optimistic if new sectors were prospering $$ Feb 25, 2013
  • Trade protectionism looms next as central banks exhaust QE Weakening your currency can give a temporary advantage $$ Feb 25, 2013


US Economy


  • Dr Copper and his funny friends dont agree with SP500 – Divergence ! Real economy not doing as well as S&P 500 $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • US Restaurant Index and US Consumer Confidence Restaurants r sensitive indicators of consumer behavior: weak now $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • US Incomes Fall, Spending Rises What do you expect when you add back the payroll tax? $WMT takes a hit also $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • Obama Orders Cuts That Will Be ‘Slow Grind’ on Economy Next stop, 3/27 when the spending authorization expires $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • Obama Makes Cuts Personal in Strategy to Bend Congress May try to mismanage sequester to embarrass Republicans $$ Mar 03, 2013


Rest of the World


  • Reforms Stall in Athens as Troika Considers Next Aid Tranche for Greece Still don’t c how Greece avoids leaving EZone Mar 03, 2013
  • Ivory Coast’s Women Reject Equality in Household Debate Equality means men don’t have to support their households $$ Mar 01, 2013
  • Japanese Revival Seen in Honda’s First Plant in 49 Years $HMC new factory comes just as weak yen boosts prospects $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Wrong: Berlusconi’s Surge Shows Why Europe Needs a Deeper Union Rather, it shows why the Eurozone should fold $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • India May Curb Widest BRIC Budget Gap for Rate-Cut Room BRIC should not b a group; problems r very dissimilar $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Asia s Huge Debt Growth Problem: Remember 1997? Bank lending/GDP in Asia exceeding levels at 1997 crisis $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • $20 Phone Stars at Mobile World Congress And it can go 35 days without charging; $NOK – hero of developing world $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Ruchir Sharma: China Has Its Own Debt Bomb China is so bad off that no one would want to be in their position. $$ Feb 26, 2013
  • China’s premature overheating Need to free the economy, end force-feeding of credit to glutted sectors & cronies $$ Feb 26, 2013
  • Canadian Economy Tumble Compilation of articles showing the slowing Canadian consumer, & its effect on the economy $$ Feb 25, 2013
  • Has Spain’s Economic Contraction Become Self Perpetuating? Population shrinkage from migration kills entitlements $$ Feb 24, 2013
  • Pettis: Countries w/higher external debt levels r constrained in their ability2wage currency war w/countries w/lower external debt levels $$ Feb 24, 2013


Financial Sector & Pensions


  • Two Scenarios for Future of ‘Big Finance’ Finance still needs 2 shrink, the economy needs total debt 2b < 2x GDP $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • Druckenmiller Sees Storm Worse Than ’08 as Seniors Steal It is very bad, but I don’t get the $211T number, too big $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • McGraw Fighting U.S. Justice Recalls AmEx Battle to Save Company He fights valiantly against those who r evil $$ Mar 01, 2013
  • Rule Split to Put U.S. Banks at a Loss This is overstated; the real cash flow happens through statutory accounting $$ Mar 01, 2013
  • Gatsby, Galbraith and the Myth of Coolidge’s Crash The Crash caused by debt over-accumulation, like current crisis $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Payday Loans Get US Consumer Bureau Scrutiny as ‘Debt Traps’ This is one area where I would favor fiduciary stds $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Providence, R.I. claims firm missed $10 mln in pension costs Suing the actuarial firm for liability miscalculation $$ Feb 28, 2013
  • Wells Fargo Credit Profile Hurt by Heinz Deal, Moody’s Says | FD: long $WFC I think the $HNZ loan is well-proected $$ Feb 26, 2013




  • Imagining a Post-Bundle World for Cable TV Popular shows/networks would do better, less popular would suffer $$ Mar 03, 2013
  • Assembly-Line Pizza Draws Hungry Fast-Casual Investors Pizza to order will be available at reasonable prices $$ Mar 01, 2013
  • Too Much OIL Provides one useful tailwind for the US economy $$ Feb 26, 2013
  • Joel Kotkin: America’s Red State Growth Corridors Pro-business states tend to attract more biz & population $$ #texas Feb 26, 2013
  • Dennis Gartman: Selloff More Than a Rumble Sometimes when weak holders arrive, an event like Italy trip them up $$ Feb 25, 2013
  • Generic-Drugs Court Decision Irks Businesses I don’t think this precedent will stand after the appeals process $$ Feb 25, 2013
  • I finally wrote my “big think piece” regarding security pricing. Here it is: Death 2 Modern Portfolio Theory! $$ #FTW Feb 24, 2013
  • You’re Not as Good an Investor as You Think You Are We deceive ourselves to feel good $$ by @jasonzweigwsj Feb 23, 2013

Comments & Retweets

  • @PScatterpatter I posted a link to a smaller document with last night’s blog post Mar 01, 2013
  • @PScatterpatter Ernst & Young put it together to teach their own people Feb 28, 2013
  • @kyles09 I don’t see anyone willing to outbid & pay breakup Feb 28, 2013
  • @applehead72 enough refining, but not in right spots, also not enough transport abilities Feb 28, 2013
  • @Nonrelatedsense Didn’t know that, thanks. Feb 26, 2013
  • Anyone else have a problem that the latest Java 7 release (update 15) causes some programs to fail, like IB’s TWS? Feb 25, 2013
  • “Josh, if you have 4-6 hours to read it, the book “Once in Golconda,” gives the flavor of the…” — David_Merkel $$ Feb 24, 2013
  • “Well done, from dyed-in-the-wool fundamentalist. As an example, Buffett has a bin on his desk…” — David_Merkel $$ Feb 24, 2013



  • My week on twitter: 24 retweets received, 117 new followers, 37 mentions. Via: Feb 28, 2013


Full Disclosure: long BRK/B, WFC


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