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Do What Buffett Says, Not What He Does

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As can be seen in the attached clip Warren Buffett, as part of his anti money tirade, both real (gold) and fiat, the Chairman of Berkshire is certainly not a fan of holding cash in any form. To wit: "cash is as risky an asset you can own over time." In other words, the opportunity cost of not owning something else with that cash is indicative of even more risk in the equities arena. So one wonders: is the fact that Buffett's firm now has a record amount of cash on its books more an example of senility or hypocrisy.... Or is all hell about to break loose as per Buffett's own words? We can't decide.


Compare the oracular words He spaketh in today's interview with Becky 'not-so' Quick - forward to 2:30 for the punchline on cash...


with the sad reality of BRK's own balance sheet exuberance with the highly risky cash...


To give CNBC their credit, their was one lone voice in the darkness. Gary Kaminsky pointed out this apparent hypocrisy this morning but alas the powers-that-be at the business channel felt videos of Zuck's arrival and 'The Avengers' reviews were more appropriate.

Chart: Bloomberg


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Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:03 | 2404112 Fidel Sarcastro
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Senility...the Old Coger of Omaha is losing it.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:16 | 2404168 redpill
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This crusty old bastard has become such a crony scumsucker that he's worse than any villain Ayn Rand could have dreamed up for Atlas Shrugged. His rambling contradictory blathering is a daisy chain of obselete, defunct economic colloquialisms designed to provide a smoke screen for the simple fact that he has no fucking clue what he's doing or how to operate in this fundamentally flawed economy, and that he has completely given up attempting to be an honest actor and his entire strategy now revolves around buying favor from politicians and central bankers. He is a decrepit, rotting piece of crony zombie flesh, and the world will be a far better place when he's gone.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:22 | 2404377 ATM
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You are almost exactly right about Old Warren except fo rthe fact that he certainly does know how ot operate in this flawed economy and not only does he have a clue how to do so he is scamming the system even more as it collapses and devolves into the next economic iteration.

The fucking scumbag is right at the forefront of the thievery. That isn't by accident but by design.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:44 | 2404469 slaughterer
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BRK common is entering into resistance if you want to short it for revenge.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:26 | 2404199 surfwon
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Warren Baffoon........... just a bag of bones........... cumsucker

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:39 | 2404248 Hippocratic Oaf
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"I like to fondle pretty things, Becky"

"I bet you do, Warren" says Becky

If 5 hrs. of 'The Oracle' coverage is all CNBS has, oh never mind.......

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:52 | 2404288 fonestar
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Burgers, strawberry shakes, JayZ, Jimmy Buffet... UGH!!  Name dropping, fake, pop culture whore!  Somebody put this guy out of his misery!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:33 | 2404229 whatsinaname
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He is waiting for the Facebook IPO so he can buy it with all fours. 

Why else would he keep so much dry powder ready ? 

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:54 | 2404292 fonestar
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or frontrun it with all fours... he will be inside

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:39 | 2404437 HarryM
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Nice spikes in cash holding right before each downturn.

Screw the charts, just watch his cash.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:47 | 2404256 pkea
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let's just say that he is not the wealthiest individual, he doesn't really move markets, we all know who does move it and who has it all...

why would he or anyone still even care about investing in his age(obviously won't either enjoy it or see the results of his investments growth)...he really even almost passed the age of giving it all away to experience joy of sharing with less fortunate than him...

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:48 | 2404268 ScotlandTheBrave
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He's not loosing it.  The chart says "Cash AND MARKETABLE SECURITIES."  Under GAAP [Generally Accepted Accounting Principles] the term Cash can include short-term MARKETABLE SECURITIES such as 90 day US Treasuries.  So no lying going on...they're not sitting on cash they've invested it in Berniek & Co.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:11 | 2404343 jekyll island
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I think he is more like a vampire squid, talking up the opposite side of the trade he wants to make.  Probably is overweight in cash because he thinks the market is going to tank, and he wants to buy those equities from retail investors at firesale prices.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:14 | 2404897 SAT 800
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I'm voting for senility and hypocrisy; why should it be either/or?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:04 | 2404116 Sandoz
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If you can't beat em, berate em. 

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:09 | 2404121 ebworthen
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Hollywood Diner - how quaint.

"A rich guy never has to pay for anything...har, har, har..."

Buffet makes me want to puke, on him.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:35 | 2404231 Comay Mierda
Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:07 | 2404126 Cdad
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This guy will often contradict himself within a 30 second sound bite.  Good luck piggy backing whatever he says...and good luck trying to stay in the trade with him.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:29 | 2404210 Cognitive Dissonance
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Brother Cdad,

Whales don't contradict themselves. They just make a very large hole in the water whenever they want to.

Money (regardless of how it is acquired) is the ultimate soothing Cognitive Dissonance balm.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:14 | 2404354 Cdad
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Brother Cog,

My comment was more literal than that.  If you listen to him carefully, he contradicts himself within seconds of stating a position, and then laughs uncomfortably...the avuncular uncle thing.  At the level of his actual words, he is often contradictory.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:26 | 2404383 Cognitive Dissonance
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I agree. He is a buffoon. Just being a smartass. :)

But it does add to his televised image of a grandfatherly old coot who just happens to be filthy rich. Nice public image manipulation actually.

One of these days he will fart on camera and the stock market will flash crash 10%. Or flash dash 10% depending upon which way the herd mentality is blowing at the moment.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 17:40 | 2404808 Blankenstein
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 Uncle Warren always preached conservative, value-oriented investing.  The generous terms of his 5 billion investment in Goldmans indicates a risky bet, contrary to the Buffett investing method.  So was it a safe play because he knew that the government was going to bail out the banks and AIG?  Either he is disingenuous or had access to inside information.  And let's not forget his large positions in derivatives, those financial weapons of mass destruction.  Ah shucks Warren, you are completely self-serving and cannot be trusted.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 20:50 | 2405243 The Real Fake E...
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warren's got major swagga

remember he was fighting the government a few years back asking to be given special exemption to not have to report his trades because people might front-run him?  whatever happened with that?  did obama give in and say sure, warren - whatever you want.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:07 | 2404129 John Law Lives
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That SOB is an outspoken advocate of an onerous Federal Estate Tax.  Many will not weep the day he strokes out.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:26 | 2404200 ProtectiveFather
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Of course he is. Big non-liquid estates need big life insurance policies to cover the estate tax.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:43 | 2404244 John Law Lives
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"Big non-liquid estates need big life insurance policies to cover the estate tax."

Yes, they do.

"Of course he is."

... and many people despise him for it.  Many believe it is immoral that the Federal Government has the right to levy an onerous tax on someone's estate upon their death.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:28 | 2404201 ProtectiveFather
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Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:07 | 2404130 midgetrannyporn
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Buffett looks worse every day and I am enjoying it.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:08 | 2404131 DaveyJones
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hypocritic senility

not be confused with hippocratic senility

I hear greek medicine is tough to swallow

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:11 | 2404147's picture

Histrionic banality.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:07 | 2404133 Deep79
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Dont know why anyone gives this guy any attention. he was one of the biggest benificuires of all the bailouts.

He just got lucky, caught the biggest bull market in history, rode it's coat tails.

Just look at his performance sine bear market statred in 2000. 

No baiouts in 2009, what should have happen, that is FREE MARKET CAPITILSM, this old geezer goes broke



Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:54 | 2404287 pkea
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that's exactly the problem with the system deep79 that the people are so stupid and continue to allow banks and Berkshire to get bailed out at their expense. good luck with that....always winning long bet on stupidity

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:09 | 2404136 Dr. Engali
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I went home for lunch and turned on CNBC I actually watched them beat up gold and silver ,recommending a short position in silver ,while at the same time hyping that piece of crap Facebook. I think the whole segment was about one minute long. That's all I could take of their propoganda.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:14 | 2404162 5880
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u guys don't listen very well

do you

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:48 | 2404269 pods
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The facebook conflagration is going to be legen.............Wait for it.......dary.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:54 | 2404290 Dr. Engali
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You forgot to sign off pods.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:03 | 2404315 pods
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Well since that was a Barney line I figured I wouldn't steal it by signing off.



Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:09 | 2404138 carbonmutant
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Gee what would an uncivilized person do?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:13 | 2404159 Dr. Engali
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I don't know what an uncivilized person would do, but a civilized person would bomb some brown people into submission and take their gold....and their oil while they are at it.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:21 | 2404180 Cognitive Dissonance
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And then "loan" them the money to rebuild as a civilized Ponzi nation.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:10 | 2404546 DaveyJones
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That reminds me: Nice interview with Steve Coll on the civilized empire of Exxon:

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:10 | 2404139 Sudden Debt
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If you actually type senile and buffet in youtube, this is what you get:
Eeuuuhh.. Eeuuuhhh deeuuuuhhhh'....eeeuuuhhhh..eeeuuddd..deeuuhh....

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:20 | 2404916 SAT 800
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Good for you ! That's what we need, more serious researchers !. More Waffles !

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:11 | 2404142 HANKREARDON
Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:11 | 2404143 TwoJacks
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I for one can hardly wait for this fucker to be dead. I am so sick and tired of hearing about the great warren buffett

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:16 | 2404161 ebworthen
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"Buffet is Bones!" party planning time.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:11 | 2404150 DonutBoy
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It means he expects to have opportunities to buy businesses he likes at a discount shortly.  It means no QE3 until we have another large drop in equity prices.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:20 | 2404153 Cognitive Dissonance
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Buffett is the supported dream for the slave nation.

"Some day I could be just like him and leave this life of debt slavery behind. Just work hard, mind da boss and maybe, just maybe, I can be a Buffett too."

Gotta let the slaves think they can make it big so they work that much harder in the salt mines. I've been guilty of this mindset at one point in my life so I'm not calling the pot black.

It's called the slave mentality and while it appears to be completely different from the 17th century slave trade, it is almost exactly the same. The standard of living is just a bit higher. And the cost (to the slave owners) for allowing that higher living standard is more than offset by the dramatically increased productivity from the seemingly sated slaves.

For now.

Welcome to modern plantation living boys and girls.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:32 | 2404226 Body of Lies
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As long as I have American Idol, DWTS, UFC and ZH what else do I need?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:41 | 2404246 Cognitive Dissonance
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At the risk of excommunication from Zero Hedge, for all the good that it does (and ZH does great good) ZH is also not much more than a soothing balm for our own brand of Cognitive Dissonance.

The bottom line is that while ZH may bring the horse to the water, most of the horses that come here are already somewhat aware that something is very very wrong. And even then, ZH can't make them drink the water.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:57 | 2404300 Dr. Engali
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I think it would take a lot more than that to get excommunicated for CD. Look at what it took for and Travis7777 to get the boot.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:03 | 2404319 Cognitive Dissonance
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So I'm not skating on thin ice? Whew! And here I thought I was soon to be DOA.

Sadly I had almost forgotten about Trav until you mentioned him. Thanks a lot for nuttin'. :)

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:12 | 2404344 Dr. Engali
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My other reference was Robo but it looks like my iPhone wiped him out....... Hmmmmm. Telling :)

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:09 | 2404336 SheepDog-One
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I'm chuggin the water *glug* *glug*

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:13 | 2404562 DaveyJones
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I'm trying to turn mine into wine

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:14 | 2404157 razorthin
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He's just an asshole who got very lucky early in his career, and now he basically flies by the seat of his pants.  Once in a while he will blurt a "pearl" or two for those numbskulls who would be bamboozled by his pseudo-intelligence.  You know, like Becky.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:25 | 2404197 Cognitive Dissonance
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When the winning streak ends it's not surprising that many turn to crony capitalism to keep their place at the feed trough.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:40 | 2404243 falak pema
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that's exactly what Jean de Médicis, Pope Léon X told Martin Luther in 1520! 

"I am a humanist, I like every thing you say about the church and the need for Reform as it corresponds to everything my Florentine education taught me. But why o why does an INTELLIGENT man like you want to bad mouth our thousand year construct which has been SO GOOD TO US...THE GUY JESUS MADE US WHAT WE ARE, WHY THROW OUT THE BABY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH THE BATH WATER OF INDULGENCE SIMONY?"

History repeats; only today, the "FREE Global MARKET" of US Uber-Alles, IS the PApal church and Bob Bernarnke is its Pope defending the Greenback financial God of the world. All Hail the Papal church and down with heresy.

Winning streaks ended for the Papal church after a thousand years in 1527! Life was never the same again in the Vatican.

Sack of Rome (1527) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:50 | 2404482 Bicycle Repairman
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He was born on 3rd base.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:22 | 2404166 lizzy36
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I have no clue what the Avengers is....and can't be bothered to find out.

Funny thing, is while Becky is doing double duty with Buffet and Munger, CNBC has yet to find anyone "zuck" wants to do duty with. 

Alas, first shitty quarter FB has, Zuck will go running to media for propoganda coverage.

Hard to believe cnbc losing viewers with this sort of independent reporting.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 17:05 | 2404728 I am a Man I am...
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zuck won't care if people get crushed owning fb, he just doesn't give a shit about others, he will get enough money out where it doesn't matter to him either

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:18 | 2404172 q99x2
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He's gettin reddy to kick the can. I don't know where to. I don't think it is down the road. But he appears to have found a way of taking his money with him. Maybe it is to pay the US military cash not to interfere with the bankster attack on the US. I thought he said he was buying single family homes with it. I thought he was buying the Dip with it. I thought he was buying ice cream cones with it. The only thing I do know is that CNBC lies.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:18 | 2404173 trembo slice
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What?  No HOVA?  That's the only reason I finally gave in and watched the clip.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:34 | 2404175 TWSceptic
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Not even his point on money is correct. Fiat currency is not money, gold is money. Gold has kept its value for thousands of years.


Can't say that about too many equities.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:22 | 2404185 XtraBullish
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They send Becky to kiss his wrinkly ass because the brass think he will juice the ratings but the only people that watch are too old for the Viagra ads anyway. Buffett is the walking embodiment of Wall Street - old, decrepit, and flawed.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:23 | 2404186 razorthin
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Huge HS in IWM and huge inverse HS in gold.  That's all I know and care about.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:24 | 2404190 Yossarian
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Can you examine the Berkshire return since the late 90"s compared to Treasuries, or Gold, or some combination thereof?  I think investing in both of those assets (or the combo) would have generated superior returns to Berkshire, even after BRK benefited massively from bailouts, subsidies, inside info, etc. during and after the financial crisis.   

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:25 | 2404193 Smokey1
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WEB eats shit.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:26 | 2404194 delivered
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Warren is nothing more than a proxy for Washington and Wall Street now. With nobody believing or having any confidence with the twin W's, they now need to look to these so called "experts" that come with perceived creditibility to deliver the message that all is well. Funny thing with BH's latest earnings as they seemed to have been heavily based in their insurance interests and derivative bets (both paper based businesses). Building cash reserves, earnings being driven from paper, hell, it sounds like Warren is nothing more than an investment bank located in the center of the country. Not sure if any readers on ZH really believe Warren and his side kick Charles but it does provide for some good talking points.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:35 | 2404238 midgetrannyporn
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BRK is a hedge fund like everyone else.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:28 | 2404207 azengrcat
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BRK's balance sheet is loaded with subprime fiat garbage.  They need to find find some civilized ponzis to diversify into.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:31 | 2404211 TWSceptic
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I hope he sells all his gold & silver and puts everything in stocks, then loses most of it in the coming collapse, then dies. Poetic justice.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:31 | 2404218 BudFox2012
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Two points:

1) Who cares what the senile old banker propaganda minister has to say?

2) By embedding a CNBC video in this article, Zerohedge has effectively doubled the yearly page views of

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:27 | 2404933 SAT 800
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I didn't even know there was a what's it for?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:31 | 2404222 SDRII
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Berkshire Balance Sheet Assets

Insurance Fixed Asset Maturities 30.7 billion

Equities: 87.9B

Other: 14.5B

Enough Said.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:33 | 2404228 Jerry Maguire
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I would say he's still pretty cagey, not that I mean that as a compliment.

Sometimes he's saying what he really thinks.  Sometimes he's not.

Personally, I think the PTB are hoping that a gradual rise in interest rates will finally produce that inflation they've been trying to bring about for 5 or 6 years.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:34 | 2404230 robertocarlos
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Gold is slowly dropping to my strike price. $750

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:46 | 2404265 Dr. Engali
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Is that in the newly issued devalued 10 to 1 dollars?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:17 | 2404566 DaveyJones
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you're on a run today

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:40 | 2404454 Biosci
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Pretty freakin' slow.  Hope expiry is still a long ways off.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:37 | 2404239 johnjkiii
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He's been in a big cash position for years & yet he is right about it being a risky asset. The gov't has devalued it 2124% since the Fed was perpetrated on us in 1913. His problem is that the derivatives he's been able to use in the past (usually about 30% of his trading) are now even riskier and he can't or won't buy at these Fed pumped prices. Since he hates gold, he is stuck. He has to rely on giving Obammy a blow job every once in a while so  he can get contracts (handouts) for his portfolio companies. Not senile, just an effing scumbag.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:17 | 2404363 NotApplicable
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Poor guy. Got all of that cash instead of tangible things with real value. "Everything's overpriced!" he says. "I want to own productive assets, but there aren't any!" I wonder, surely he realizes why, right?

Given enough time, malinvestment will own him (or at least BRK).

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:42 | 2404240 xela2200
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You know what I find interesting is not what Buffett says about gold, but that He says it. If Gold is so barbaric or ridiculous, why do they keep on talking about it? Maybe, it is bias as Graham was agains it too.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:54 | 2404289 Cognitive Dissonance
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"If Gold is so barbaric or ridiculous, why do they keep on talking about it?"

I suspect because he is constantly asked about it. After all, don't you ask the Oracle to solve all your Cognitive Dissonances? These people are plagued by the Gold CD. If it's soooo bad, why has it risen every year for a decade?

Which means that some of those who are asking will eventually purchase some Gold just because.......well, you know........just in case.

Welcome future Gold owners. Hopefully you will quickly see the wisdom of becoming physical Gold stackers rather than paper Gold "renters".

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:42 | 2404254 Stuck on Zero
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Do what Buffet does to get rich.  Buy Congressmen, buy influence, hire attorneys, work secret deals with company execs, and tell the public to buy what you're selling.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:44 | 2404258 RWR
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Buffet needs to tell his secretary about this Tax Loop HOLE!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:46 | 2404262 Shizzmoney
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Can this motherfucker Buffett just croak already?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:45 | 2404263 MrVincent
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Warren "thanks for the bailout, suckers" Buffett

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:45 | 2404264 jmcadg
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'When you're rich you don't have to pay for anything'

Oh Warren, just the truest words you've spoken. I take it that includes taxes.

You blithering idiot.

This guy is an A Grade Chancer, by his own admission I think he knows it was fluke and good connections that got him where he is.

It's ok I'm not bitter, netiher am I about to 'pop my clogs'!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 05:55 | 2405745 Psyman
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Connections like being born into an established wealthy political family?  Connections among the D.C. and New York elite?  Invitations into the halls of power at will?


Oh, no, never mind.  I heard he made his fortune starting at age 10 selling newspapers and collecting cans.  He's just a hard worker that came from nothing.  The rest of you are just envious of his success.  Envious and lazy.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:48 | 2404276 Dr. Gonzo
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This stupid geezer is on CNBC every dam time I turn around. How pathetic for a 99 year old fosil to be so vain that he still feels the need to be fawned over on a continual basis by a bunch fake paid harlots and hacks. "Tell us how great stocks are Warren." Tell us how much money you have Warren." "Tell us again that gold is not a good investment Warren." "Tell us about how you play bridge with your best pal Bill Gates who is also a billionair." "Tell us what you'll do with all you're money when you die." Who gives a shit.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:04 | 2404322 Blue Horshoe Lo...
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"Tell us when U'll finally drop dead U old fart & how U can't take your fake funny money wealth with U".

Maybe he'll play bridge with Steve Jobs in the great beyond @ a Foxconn factory while slave labor jumps out of the windows?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 05:58 | 2405747 Psyman
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The Boomers are dying, and their heroes are dying with them.  Seeing men like Buffet die helps ameliorate the stifling fear that has overtaken the Boomer generation in their old age.  Even the richest men in the world die, and this thought consoles them somewhat.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:49 | 2404277 Waterfallsparkles
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I watched the comments from one of the Foreign Leaders about the Buffet rule where he said that Buffets wants all of the Millionaires and Billionaires to pay more taxes to protect his assets.

Buffet wants everyone to put their Money in the Market to support his Companies and his derivatives bet on the Futures.  Money in Gold means less money in the Market to support his Companies.

Without new taxes and people putting more and more money in the Market he is dead in the water and he knows it.  He does not want to go back to 2008.  He knows the terror of his portfolio if everything falls apart.

He is just talking his book.  Like everyone else on CNBC.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:04 | 2404323 Quinvarius
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Plus he sold a buttload of puts on the market.  If the market goes south, his hit is going to be one for the record books.  I don't know if he is trying to be TBTF or what.  The risk profile makes no sense at all.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:21 | 2404578 Waterfallsparkles
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All of those derivatives he has could wipe out his whole portfolio.

He knows it.  That is why he is buying IBM as with its weighting in the index pulls the Market up.  Everything he does is to keep those derivatives in the Money.  Otherwise he will be wiped out.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 06:00 | 2405749 Psyman
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Buffet is too big to fail.  The tax payer would bail him out, again.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:04 | 2404534 junkyardjack
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"I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful." - Warren Buffett

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 06:02 | 2405750 Psyman
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And yet I am gang raped by the old people on Zero Hedge when I say buying a home to use as a primary residence in the U.S. right now is a financially wise move.  If I weren't about to become an expat and flee the fascist police state known as the United States, I'd be buying a home for sure.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:55 | 2404293 Waterfallsparkles
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Wow CNBC wondering about their ratings.  Warren Buffet for three hours this morning plus clips all day long, then Cramer to follow after Buffet, and now Abby Joseph Cohen.  Facebook IPO all day. You know they are pumping stocks hard.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:29 | 2404605 Conax
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During market hours they run about an 83% market share. They are the prime financial media tool of the banks/gov. Today is really important to them, I guess we'll all know why pretty soon.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:56 | 2404296 ziggy59
Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:02 | 2404528 junkyardjack
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First smart thing he's done in a while...

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:56 | 2404299 alagon
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never was a big fan of buffet. He never invented anything like Henry Ford or Tesla did. All he does is speculate on these worthless financial instruments in order to squeeze out profit.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:56 | 2404301 Rathmullan
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"civilized people" invest in productive businesses, where "productive" means businesses that take advantage of government tax and spending and other anti-competetive policies. Oh, and businesses that are productive in making the world obese.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:02 | 2404311 Blue Horshoe Lo...
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Buffett is the classic rich douchebag.  When he's raking in the bucks, he's a died-in-the-wool capitalist & if u aren't making bundles of cash too, it's because U're lazy.

When his investments turn south, all of a sudden we need government intervention & he turns into a socialist.  Social programs for the poor? Nope.  Remember, I said they're lazy?  They're not making it on their own like Ol' Uncle Warren.

A fucking hypocrite to the core is what he is.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:01 | 2404312 UTICA CLUB XX PURE

Hate Buffet


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:06 | 2404325 knukles
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Who the fuck cares anymore.

His geatest utility has become a locus of ridicule on ZH.
Dminishing marginal utility of horse shit.  

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:05 | 2404327 YesWeKahn
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Buffet also said "reelect Obama"/

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:09 | 2404338 SheepDog-One
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Buffet I cant wait to see the morning when your obit is being shown on CNBC

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:10 | 2404339 SheepDog-One
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Becky 'not so' Quick lol she is a dumbass.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:19 | 2404369 Todd Horlbeck
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He needs the cash.  He has $58 billion in upside bets in the stock market, he needs the cash.  Also, who knows what risk he's underwritten that is not disclosed. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 06:04 | 2405751 Psyman
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At that level you aren't placing "bets."  You're a member of the inner circle of the fascist American empire, and you know what's going to happen before it does.


Stay long fascism.  If Buffet is buying BAC hand over fist, you should do the same.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:20 | 2404370 Belarusian Bull
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I have a question though : under what conditions all those corporate QE cash piles are going to go to in broad economy?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:22 | 2404376 SheepDog-One
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Never. This whole 'recovery' nonsense is just banks and corporations free to stuff themselves full of 0% no cost cash, and report it as 'profits'. Its NEVER coming back out!

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:22 | 2404375 JaniceRossi
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Of course he's going to come on and say buy stocks, has he ever said anything else?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:28 | 2404379 LouisDega
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Im psyched!! Sounds like a plan.... By the way, What does he say? I dont watch CNBC

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:25 | 2404385 orangegeek
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Buffet is trying to herd to masses into a direction that will benefit him.


Listen to Buffet and do the opposite.  Thanks Warren.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:33 | 2404413 Quinvarius
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I struggle to respond to Warren Buffet statements.  I start to type, but what is the point.  The dude is obviously trolling MSM.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:41 | 2404455 chunkylover42
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Buffett indicated they were close to a major acquisition in the neighborhood of $22bn, but didn't move forward because it would have meant selling some of the stocks in the Berkshire portfolio to raise additional funds.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:01 | 2404523 junkyardjack
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Don't cut your fingers reaching for gold...

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:29 | 2404606 insanelysane
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Bloomberg had a thing on Buffet this morning with the 3 ladies discussing Buffet's stance on women.  The discussion centered around Buffet slamming Augusta National golf club for not having women members.  The 3 ladies thought it was great that Buffet took this position even though they acknowledged Buffet doesn't have senior level women working for him. 

I believed they're called Limousine Liberals because they'll tell you how great walking everywhere is as their chaufeur runs you down in the street like a dog.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 06:12 | 2405753 Psyman
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Women only play golf because their boyfriend/husband plays golf.  In fact, most women only do anything because some man that is fucking them also does it.  Women have no personality and no interests or hobbies in the sense that men use those terms.  The closest thing women have to a hobby is shopping.  So walking around spending money.  That's the most common female hobby.  When you run into a woman and she does some normal hobby it means that some dude that was railing her imprinted that hobby onto her, like a dick in a piece of silly putty.


Having said that, hilariously; the vast majority of women are absolutely awful at golf.  Why would you want them to be allowed to play at your elite golf club?  I sure wouldn't.


1. You have to maintain "women's tees" if you allow women to play.

2. They slow the pace of play because they don't hit the ball as far as a man.

3. Most of them are awful, so they're taking 150 strokes per round.

4. Also, fuck you, it's a private club and they can do what they want.  No colored allowed.

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 17:10 | 2404740 Catflappo
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2005 :  I still thought Warren Buffett was a legend.

2012 :  I think Warren Buffett is a total cock.


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:21 | 2404921 ThisIsBob
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Oh, surprise, surprise, the randy old goat is talking his book.  If he were bearish you guys would be slobbering all over him. 

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 19:59 | 2405122 I am a Man I am...
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Warren's opinion is whatever is good for warren, the serfs shouldn't hold cash, give all your cash to warren, don't invest in gold, give all your cash to warren, pay a bunch of taxes, warren not going to pay hardly any taxes.  The guys as bad as goldman is about being full of shit and having to use double reverse psychology on the nonsense that comes out of his mouth.  Until his stock goes north significantly he can shut the fuck up, nobody wants to listen to an investor who no longer knows how to make fucking money for his investors.

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