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Warren Buffett Priced In Gold

Can you say bubble? Or, more to the point, can you say bursting?

Warren Buffett loves to bash gold — claiming that stocks are inherently superior, because they produce a return, whereas gold just sits.  Trouble is, stocks (and all paper assets) are subject to counter-party risk, whereas physical gold isn’t. Gold doesn’t overcompensate its CEOs, it doesn’t leverage its productive capital in toxic derivatives, it doesn’t cause industrial disasters like Deepwater Horizon, its value isn’t dependent on central banking, or securitisation, or American imperialism, or the machinations of the military-industrial complex. It just sits, retaining its purchasing power.

Warren Buffett had a great ride: he grew his wealth and businesses in an era of unprecedented growth powered by OPEC oil, and later by Chinese industrialism. That era — the era of the American free lunch — is coming to an end.  His insights are applicable to that era. Today is a different world.


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Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:31 | 2220762 Jason T
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Fondle that Warren

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:48 | 2220800 Western
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How endorphic would it be to just laugh in his face. It's too bad he'll one day die a beloved American son, rather than a crooked criminal sellout not worthy of American citizenship. At least that will be the his future media portrayal.. though, we all know what he really is.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:49 | 2220808 wretch
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Peaked on (!!

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:01 | 2220828 Buckaroo Banzai
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I think it's time for Ennio Morricone to weigh in:

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:16 | 2220855 palmereldritch
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Ennio +1 (Not that that is possible)



Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:24 | 2220870 Goldilocks
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Popcorn (dance mix) (3:39)

Popcorn Original Song (LP) (3:47)

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:50 | 2220910 TruthInSunshine
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OT, and I will post it another thread, as well:


David Stockman has gone all in on calling the Federal Reserve 'out of options' and stating that the shit's going to hit the fan (if you don't know Stockman's resume, you should, and this is incredible stuff):

 David Stockman economy Q&A: Economic disaster in the works 



Stockman: "Here's the heart of the matter. The Fed is a patsy. It is a pathetic dependent of the big Wall Street banks, traders and hedge funds. Everything (it does) is designed to keep this rickety structure from unwinding. If you had a (former Fed Chairman) Paul Volcker running the Fed today 7/8— utterly fearless and independent and willing to scare the hell out of the market any day of the week — you wouldn't have half, you wouldn't have 95 percent, of the speculative positions today.

Q: You sound as if we're facing a financial crisis like the one that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

A: Oh, far worse than Lehman. When the real margin call in the great beyond arrives, the carnage will be unimaginable.

Q: How do investors protect themselves? What about the stock market?

A: I wouldn't touch the stock market with a 100-foot pole. It's a dangerous place. It's not safe for men, women or children.

Q: Do you own any shares?

A: No.

Q: But the stock market is trading cheap by some measures. It's valued at 12.5 times expected earnings this year. The typical multiple is 15 times.

A: The typical multiple is based on a historic period when the economy could grow at a standard rate. The idea that you can capitalize this market at a rate that was safe to capitalize it in 1990 or 1970 or 1955 is a large mistake. It's a Wall Street sales pitch.

Q: Are you in short-term Treasurys?

A: I'm just in short-term, yeah. Call it cash. I have some gold. I'm not going to take any risk.

Q: Municipal bonds?

A: No.

Q: No munis, no stocks. Wow. You're not making any money.

A: Capital preservation is what your first, second and third priority ought to be in a system that is so jerry-built, so fragile, so exposed to major breakdown that it's not worth what you think you might be able to earn over six months or two years or three years if they can keep the bailing wire and bubble gum holding the system together, OK? It's not worth it."

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:52 | 2220923 strannick
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Gold doesnt make you listen to pompous pontificating from the Octagenarian of Omaha at 'Capitalist Woodstock' or hypocritical curmugening from Munger.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 02:21 | 2221153 DoChenRollingBearing
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Warren Buffett (twice) and Jamie Dimon are both featured in this weekend's Barron's.  I review it at my blog ("Review of Barron's, Dated 5 March").

"I'll be damned if we don't have record profits for the next year or two." -- Jamie Dimon

This is despicable on so many levels.  Want to read more?  Gmail me at my name and promise to behave and I will send you the link (or just use Google).

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:00 | 2220938 gwar5
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Thanks, good post. I read an excerpt of this Stockman piece a couple days ago, but they left out the juicy bits. 

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:18 | 2220945 TruthInSunshine
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Is he right, wrong, lying, putting a warning out there....????

I don't know. I know he was as high ranking as it gets as an economic adviser to a sitting President of the United States.

I know that when someone like this comes forward in an intentional shout out in the loudest way possible, through the AP Wire Service (which makes its way onto every front page of every newspaper), something is probably afoot:

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 07:20 | 2221415 Poor Grogman
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Stockman just tells it like it is, he sees and he tells.
I don't think there is much of an agenda really just a narrative.
I may be wrong but that's my take.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:45 | 2221620 Jay Gould Esq.
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Why do you think Reagan cut Stockman loose, back in The Day ? I remember Stockman well. Establishmentarians from both spectra, such as Bob Dole in the Senate and Tip O'Neill in the House, vied to see who would be first to hang Stockman's scalp from his saddle. He walked it like he talked then, as now: declaiming the profligacy of Washington, whilst sortieing through the whithering barrage of political and ( obeisant ) media ack-ack fire.

+1, Stockman.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:01 | 2220941 palmereldritch
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Is that the same Paul Volker who as the Chairman of the Group of 30 published the G-30 report that "...played a key role in convincing Congress to allow the OTC derivatives markets to remain largely unregulated." ?

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:40 | 2221004 Conrad Murray
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The Fed is a patsy. It is a pathetic dependent of the big Wall Street banks, traders and hedge funds. Everything (it does) is designed to keep this rickety structure from unwinding.

Almost. The Fed is a private institution whose shareholders happen to be the "big Wall Street banks, traders and hedge funds". It is not a patsy. It is a parasite. It is doing exactly what one would expect when viewed in this light. Create a depression and buy up all the real assets with confetti.

End the Fed. End the State.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:03 | 2221291 Pitchman
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Right on with Stockman.

Warren Buffett: The Paradigm Puppet - Who Is Worse; The Criminals Or The Men Who Enable The Criminals?


Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:32 | 2220882 Unprepared
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And probably time for Immortal Technique as well:

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:34 | 2221634 Silver Shield
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SBSS 17. Warren Buffett Paradigm Puppet He is a irrelevant hack.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:20 | 2220856 CompassionateFascist
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Buffet grew his paper wealth via politically-connected inside trading...beginning with knowing exactly when to bail (via Democ pty contacts) during the Hunt Bros. corner on silver. He's a rich crook. And, since the good die young, he will - like soulmate Soros - be around and rich for some time yet.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:09 | 2220953 palmereldritch
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I believe the technical term is front running cut-out.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:17 | 2220960 Caviar Emptor
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Uncle Warren, strumming his guitar, leads the children all down to the mall.

There, the drooling wide-eyed Uncle, strumming his guitar, lets the cash and credit cards be tendered for all the aspirational Chinese crap that the venal can afford on credit. 

And when the music stops the goat-footed Uncle, belly all full,  heards the fleeced skinny sheep bleeting out the door.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:22 | 2220970 living on the edge
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Fuck Warren Buffet. It's because of people like him that I have to buy gold to protect myself and my family.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 08:50 | 2221467 bania
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Regression to the dad.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:30 | 2221630 Jay Gould Esq.
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What is Rebecca Quick priced in Buffett Units ?

Seriously: How many of you believe that Quickie, or her neonate issue, "Junior" Quick, will receive a Howard Hughes-type "gratuity" in Uncle Warren's last will and testament: Cash ? Warren's soiled bloomers, for some Auld Lang Syne ? The Oracle's sacred Philosophic Tub ?

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:34 | 2220771 lewy14
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Them: You can't eat gold!

Me: You can't repo a pizza!

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:34 | 2220772 Conrad Murray
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How many ounces for Becky Quicky? Or is she priced in grains?

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:49 | 2220807 PrinceDraxx
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Certainly no less than grams for a truly efficient Administrative Assistant. No telling how much a Sexytary costs these days though.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:36 | 2220777 BeetleBailey
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He's too busy mentally fondling one Rebecca he wistfully sips his cherry Coke

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:47 | 2220799 Goldilocks
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Cherry Cola - Savage Garden (3:53)

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:35 | 2220885 kekekekekekeke
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sweet like a chica cherry cola

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:46 | 2220798 eddiebe
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Warren's got a point. Stocks, gold, commodities, currencies and bonds all have their functions. The graph above speaks for itself. Warren is talking his book and is a bit of a bore, besides being disingenuous. You would think once a person reaches his age he would make an effort to come clean and tell the truth, but even at his age life is pretty dear, and I have no doubt, that if he told what he knows, his days would be even more numberec than they are. All your wealth won't keep you from your reward, Warren.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:48 | 2220801 chairsatan
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I hate the old man as much as anyone, but isn't this graph showing you'd have been way better off betting on Berkshire from the beginning instead of gold, by factor of about 70x??

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:50 | 2220809 spiral_eyes
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The graph shows he grew his wealth in a different era, and now his insights are becoming less and less profitable.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:49 | 2221018 Sandoz
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And if starting tomorrow his insights become more and more profitable what will you say then?

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 07:05 | 2221398 spiral_eyes
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Priced in gold, they won't. The reflation bubble is too big to deflate gold prices, and Berkshire Hathaway has a load of dynamite on its books.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 12:33 | 2221722 sun tzu
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Sure his company could get more taxpayer funded bailouts

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:59 | 2220820 Burr's 2nd Shot
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On a long enough timeline, the value of everyone (when weighed in ounces of gold) drops to zero.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:08 | 2220839 Nassim
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I doubt if Warren would keep in employment any of his analysts if they had been losing money for the past 12 years. The trouble is that he thinks that gold is not money. I hope he lives long enough to learn - and for his investors to despise him. :)

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:55 | 2220810 Yen Cross
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Monopoly Money . Reading Rail<>Road money. Pink/Yellow/blue/red?

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:05 | 2220833 toadold
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If you look at graphs over the last ten years gold beats Berkshire.  Bullfat has been playing Soros Jr. with crony deals in realestate, derivatives, and rail roads.  He's been getting burned on some of them also. He just thought he knew how derivative risk worked.  He's now talking about a successor.  My tin foil hat tells me it is because some major stock holders have had hostile thoughts about him that have been expressed quietly. 

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:14 | 2220850 bob_dabolina
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Ya know what pisses me off about Warren Buffet?

He runs around saying rich people need to pay more in tax to help balance the budget. Meanwhile he's donating most of his fortune to the Gates foundation to help people in Africa.

Keep your two cents to yourself Warren.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:20 | 2220861 Yen Cross
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His natural Children, can't stand the Narcissistic ass hole! He will probably put a bullet in his head before he let's his children let him die with dignity!

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:49 | 2220912 bob_dabolina
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He disowned one of his grand daughters (Nicole Buffet) because she said that his life revolved around money.

Apparently money IS more important than family in the Buffet household.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:25 | 2221317 tahoebumsmith
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I say start in Detroit and let it morph from there... This Country is actually waiting to happen and would embrace however the only problem is, the powers that be have decided to take us down one at a time...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:54 | 2220929 palmereldritch
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Ha!...Warren and Gates...yeah, it's all about Serving Mankind


Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:18 | 2220860 tahoebumsmith
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Well Mr. Bathtub let me ask you one simple question...When you cash in your stocks how much of that gain do you get to keep in your pocket? Gold doesn't have to sit, It can be sold on the street, traded for a car, Wood, food,  bartered or used for just about anything else you want to use it for these days. And guess what O'l Orifice of Omaha, when I whip the shiny stuff out and get everybody's attention, I get to put the entire $1750 per ounce right in the old pocket of my overalls where it belongs. So go ahead and try a simple test... Next time you want something whip out a handful of stocks and see what type of reaction you get..LOL... Meanwhile I'll keep hyponotizing people with something real, something they can touch and something I don't have to divi up to figure out my take on the deal...

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 02:22 | 2221157 Barmaher
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I whip the shiny stuff out and get everybody's attention,


Then things have changed since Mark Dice tried to get $50 for an ounce of gold in socal.   This aint Europe!

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 02:51 | 2221199 tahoebumsmith
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Barmaher, When you want to hang with the real boyz, give me a shout. If you come knocking after it's too late, good luck.. You will be one of them, my most feared enemies. One who thought he had everything and then realizes he has nothing and is totally naked. I don't want to see you naked, buy a few extra pair of briefs before the price of cotton makes it a luxury...

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:56 | 2221667 VelvetHog
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BUT!, if the S has already HTF and you come to me to bulld you a new house (shack) or to put a new engine in your 1978 F150 and you offer to pay me in gold.  You ain't gettin' no house or no new engine.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:23 | 2220866 Hugo Chavez
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Gold retains its purchasing power huh?

Tell that to people who bought gold in the in the last gold bull market.

Virtually every asset class beat gold the next twenty years from 1981 to 2001.

I still prefer third world stocks as an asset class in general. Nobody trusts the third world, so assets are priced fairly. There is too much misolaced trust in developed market assets, hence they are overpriced.

I do think gold is fairly priced right now, for a one percent real return these next twenty years. Who knows what the nominal return will be

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:29 | 2220872 spiral_eyes
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Actually in terms of oil, or real estate, or anything other than pumped up paper bullshit (stocks, bonds, fiat, etc) buyers of gold even during bull markets mostly retain the purchasing power they put in. They lose when nominally priced in dollars or other fiat instruments. The smart thing to do is to hold gold when the markets and society are bleeding and equities when they're growing. The trouble is, I have no idea when the next time there will be real, productive, organic growth in America.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:35 | 2220888 Hugo Chavez
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Makes sense.

I am dubious we will have any vigorous real growth until after international labor rates are more equalized, another twenty years?

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:58 | 2220933 tahoebumsmith
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1981-2001? Hello Hugo we are living in the land of 2012, ya know Mad Maxx times. Nobody will give one rat's ass about your portfolio when the dollar crumbles and your dollar based stocks become worthless. People need to wake the fuck up and realize there are dimensions out there they just can't see. If you don't have something tangible to trade you're done...If you don't have a gun to protect yourself you're even more done. Wall St. should have had its day a few years back however those who run the world decided they would go to the sucker's buffet for one more gorge fest. Honestly, look at what you got in stocks? A mere promisary note at best that maybe someone will pay...LOL..I say you better have something in your pocket. Reminds me of my youth when we use to play marbles and every now and then some fat kid would pull the sock out of his pocket with that bad ass ball bearing...Remember your reaction? Yup me too, I gave him a few worthless federal reserve notes for his steel filled sock and I was king of the hill until somebody just had to have it more then me...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:37 | 2220892 CompassionateFascist
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The real Hugo Chavez thinks otherwise.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:24 | 2220869 zebrasquid
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Gold doesn't require smart, honest executives; doesn't ever become obsolete or out of fashion, doesn't have labor unions and govt interfering with it's very existence, doesn't have to make or exceed Wall St expectations, doesn't have to compete with cheap 3rd world labor..... businesses that Buffett likes have all these issues despite the relative "moat" he believes some have. Gold is fully realized wealth.

Buffett's assets always have to keep proving their worth.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 16:10 | 2222271 Offtheradar
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Gold never cooks the books.  Gold never uses questionable accounting methods. Gold never took my wallet. Gold is a good ole friend.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:32 | 2220880 Hugo Chavez
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And I am going to miss the free lunch only svailable to usa citizens.

I look around me now and see a lot of naive, uneducated people who have no value added skill over a chinaman who makes a buck an hour.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 03:40 | 2221259 Vic Vinegar
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Funny, I don't see that.  I see the state of mankind getting better, albeit very, very slowly.

BTW, here's another word you could perhaps explain: svailable


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 15:48 | 2222223 debtandtaxes
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Clearly you value your IPhone more than you do your civil rights....


Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:34 | 2220884 Quaderratic Probing
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He knows paper gold is more worthless than paper dollars. He will know the date they pull the plug on gold leases

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:36 | 2220889 spiral_eyes
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But does John Paulson?

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:41 | 2220902 suckerfishzilla
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Berkshire Hathaway could be priced in hamburger meat and the chart would look roughly the same.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:43 | 2220906 Yen Cross
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That was a great post+1

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:00 | 2220939 Augustus
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Quite a bit of storage costs with the hamburger.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:10 | 2220955 Yen Cross
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 Compared to what? Ice? Junk you to! Idiot!

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 23:52 | 2220922 Rogier
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'Warren Buffett had a great ride' implies he's just been some beta chasing monkey for all these years. I think the guy deserves a little more credit...

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:49 | 2221017 tahoebumsmith
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Warren Buffett has been more then just a Beta chasing monkey over the years, he has been the shiny spinners placed strategically above the lure to attract the fish so every sucker he throws the line out to bites on his bait. Once he has reeled you into the boat only he decides if you become dinner or if he might release you for future fishing entertainment. Wake up and look at the market, a few market makers with all the money joined by some robots that only do what the market makers have programmed.


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:09 | 2220954 DavosSherman
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"You know why Warren Buffett doesn't like gold, doesn't understand gold, because gold has out performed his stock in the last ten years by three and a half times." Link.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 12:20 | 2221697 Nage42
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I clicked on the link and was listening for about 10 seconds before realizing that I was looking around the room to try to find a gun so that I could go find the speaker and shoot him in the face.


There are some smarmy, nasally, grating voices that just really shouldn't survive past childhood without someone punching their throat in for "tonal adjustment."


I'm not saying I'd do it... but if someone was smarming at me in that tone, it'd be a real act of will to _not_ punch them in the throat -- as a service to the peace and quiet of everyone around them.




Sun, 03/04/2012 - 15:51 | 2222237 debtandtaxes
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you felt the need to take time just to post an ad hominum attack? clearly you have  no response to the content -  extra time on your hands.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:22 | 2220971 Caviar Emptor
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The Uncle always, always talks his book. Some things never change

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:30 | 2220986 Caviar Emptor
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Whenever you don't buy stocks that Warren has recommended (and owns) it's an insult to his ego. 

He built his "What's Buffet Buying" rumor show into a 1990s-style cult that's as helpful now as yesterday's winning lottery numbers. 

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:34 | 2220990 zebrasquid
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Buffett was in his prime when he was a value bottom fisher in the '70s.
Once he veered away from Graham's value investing and started to just buy big stalwart steady growth he was no different, really, than a mutual fund. He did well during the 20 year bull market because he bought and held. He may have outperformed others during that run but not by all that much. Now, his method is all but obsolete and he does rely on inside info and connections and the halo effect that he enjoys(similar to the halo effect that Jay Leno enjoys because he was moderately funny years ago)

Anyone who sings the praises of Wells Fargo is either suspect for talking his book or living in some kind of senile denial.

Time to retire, Warren, before you hurt yourself and your widow and orphan acolytes.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:54 | 2221030 palmereldritch
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Jay Leno was NEVER moderately funny

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:32 | 2220992 Sandoz
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I know this will be a tough concept for most of the people on this forum to grasp, but what this chart is saying is that you should sell your gold and buy Berkshire Hathaway. 

Yes, I know that most of you would like to pay the highest possible price for any asset, but let me recommend a unique approach to investing. It's what I call "buying at a good price." It's a simple technique really, you buy when the price is low and sell when it's high. While the people on this forum are talking up gold, Mr. Buffett (a billionaire I might add) is purchasing businesses at a good price. 

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 03:36 | 2221255 LowProfile
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Yes, because the macro conditions that produced that cliff dive have clearly reversed.


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:12 | 2221303 Sandoz
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And at precisely what point will conditions have "clearly" reversed? When you get a margin call on your gold? Please share your criteria for determining a reversal of macro conditions so that we can all be enlightened by your economic prowess. 

Let me ask you, if gold falls 20% will that represent a reversal? Or will it have to fall another 20% after that? Or another 20% after that? Or are those just opportunities to "buy the dip." LOL. 

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 07:20 | 2221413 o2sd
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>> And at precisely what point will conditions have "clearly" reversed?


When the 1Y zero coupon rate is AT LEAST 4.5%.

Because until the 1Y reaches AT LEAST 4.5%, gold will continue to rise, as the risk weighted return will outperform any and all sovereign debt.

BUT, the 1Y CANNOT go to 4.5%, because that would either bankrupt every bank in the developed world, or 85% of the population, and barring another global conflict, that would be literally impossible for the current power structure to handle.

If gold drops 40%, it simply means that the volatility is 40%, not that it is in reversal.

By all means though, chase those equity returns. The last 2 years has seen the index gain 0.8% while inflation has run officially at 2.5%. So equities have gone backwards in real terms. Meanwhile gold has climbed 20% in the same period.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 10:38 | 2221554 Sandoz
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So you're firmly in the buy high sell low camp. 

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:19 | 2221614 Gold Dog
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I am firmly in the "we are all fucked in the ass camp" and will continue to add to my stack, ammo, and land.

Thanks for your time,


Mon, 03/05/2012 - 03:22 | 2223367 o2sd
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And here I was thinking you were going to present your counter-argument. Turns out you are just an idiot.

I offer you a chance at reversal of my opinion that you are an idiot. Point out in my post where I said I would buy high and sell low.


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:33 | 2220995 Don Keot
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As a long time holder of Berkshire Hathaway, I must say that owning BRK is no different than owning gold.  I have never ever had a return on my stock.  Buffet has never paid one dividend, to show how smart he is, the only way you get a return is to sell your stock.  How does that make BRK any different than owning gold?  The rest of my few holdings are dividend paying stocks.  

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:06 | 2221298 Vic Vinegar
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How does that make BRK any different than owning gold? 

Owning physical gold will get your arrested one day, owning BRK will not.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 15:54 | 2222243 debtandtaxes
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owning brk will ensure your children starve. when they get hungry send them to my house.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:02 | 2221582 TwelfthVulture
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Not too long of a holder, I guess.  BRK used to pay a handsome dividend.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:48 | 2221011 palmereldritch
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I'm waaaay from an informed opinion but to me if you believe that true gold value/price has been suppressed by Central Banks insane/cryptic selling of the precious in the 90's/00 which drove prices down, versus latter day (2008) buying which has naturally driven up the price, then Warren's peak can only be a product of that unnatural/historical trend, no?

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:52 | 2221013 zebrasquid
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Gold price, in real terms, is still the only asset class I know of that is cheaper today than it was 30 years ago. So how is that a bubble? It has just been playing a little catch-up on its way to outperforming in real terms. Long, long ways to go. Buying stocks now, to "buy low"' after a 30 year bull run, is the real fool's gold.

Everybody and their brother has owned stocks for decades.
If 1 out of 20 people you know actually owns any gold I'd be surprised. How is that a bubble?

Most everyone I talk to that doesn't own gold tells me it's because it's a bubble. The people who told you to buy it ten years ago (Faber, Turk) they think it has only just begun.

Buffett told you not to buy any tech stocks over the last 30 years - too risky!
That was even stupider than his bad gold call over the past few years.

Buffett is the bubble.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 01:57 | 2221034 Sandoz
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It's about observation, not theory. The price of gold is high, that's an observation. Sure, it may not be high relative to your theory of where it should be, but, for better or for worse, your theory is entirely irrelevant. You'll eventually realize that, but probably not before losing a boatload of money. 

Furthermore, think about what you've said about the price of gold in real terms. What you're telling me is that gold, contrary to what virtually every gold bug on this forum claims, is actually a really poor hedge against inflation.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 05:03 | 2221340 zebrasquid
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Gold lagged for two decades because there was relatively low inflation during that period, and it was correcting from the massive, quick runup it had in the '70s. And the world was relatively stable during those decades, as compared to the decade that gold has gone up 6x.

One other point that argues against it being a bubble....Only 1% of investable assets in the world are in gold. Bonds are the bubble, where 40% of investable money sits ...with zero upside/frightful downside at these manipulated, reality-disconnected iow rates.

You chase your "cheap" stocks in a world that is on the verge of systemic collapse.... I still like my gold, and don't care that it's up. It's up for a reason, and that reason only gets more compelling with each day that the printing presses roll to reflect the greater disfunction.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:47 | 2221015 JohnKozac
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After MF Global I don't know how anyone can trust ANY fund.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:18 | 2221309 Vic Vinegar
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Try and love again, spacemonkey.  

Even Gerald Celente agrees we should lose it for this tune

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 00:53 | 2221026 sasebo
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Nobody gives a shit about Warren buttoff except Warren buttoff.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:03 | 2221293 Vic Vinegar
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You are probably better off never speaking again, both on this site and in "real life".  You define the concept/term of useless eater and have done nothing to advance mankind.  


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 10:02 | 2221518 prole
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I don't remember seeing comments like this on blogs in teh past.

This kind of out-of-the-blue Satanicly Cruel comment which God only knows what it could possibly do to someone of delicate constitution.

What kind of a world do I live in?

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 13:50 | 2221868 sasebo
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Sun, 03/04/2012 - 16:00 | 2222261 debtandtaxes
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we must simply identify cruel ad hominum attacks for what they are. 



without any constructive criticism or logical reasoning

thus proving who the useless eater in the room really is.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 13:46 | 2221877 sasebo
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We might need to elect you to congress so you can censure to your hearts content. Until then you just have your opinion & I have mine.


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 01:23 | 2221056 q99x2
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"That era — the era of the American free lunch — is coming to an end. His insights are applicable to that era."

Agreed. And, what is the banking cartel's expertise? Gutting profitable companies like the ones that he's amassed.

No wonder he is parroting the Fed's agenda. Wealth is not what it used to be. It has become a liability.

Rupert Murdock.

Lots of people with great wealth are probably wondering who is next at this point.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 03:58 | 2221281 Vic Vinegar
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Nice post, Tyler.  Simple enough for dummies like me to understand.  

If there's a hell, then surely Buffett will be there.  And if reincarnation is it, then hopefully WB will come back as a retarded Kennedy offspring, looking so ugly even this current crop of Kennedys wants to lock him in the basement.  And that's saying a lot!

Anyhow, I've made peace with having my 401k confiscated by the feds.  It's worth it just to see these Buffett-worshipers suffer the same fate.  

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:26 | 2221318 Ted Baker
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Sun, 03/04/2012 - 04:43 | 2221330 Vic Vinegar
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Sun, 03/04/2012 - 05:36 | 2221359 satan2liberals
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I hate to agree with warren on this point.( i find his self serving politics and hypocrisy disgusting)

Diversified Index investing will outpace gold and compensate  for inflation on the long term but the long term can be a very long term: 20 yrs or so.


A more imortant point is GOLD IS FOR WEALTH PRESERVATION, investing in gold for accumulation is just speculating on your ability to time markets , and sentiments. Sadly the reality is most peole fail miseably at this and it's a mathmaical certainty that they do so.

The goldbugs buying at 200$ an ounce will profit handsomly, those investing to preserve their current wealth will achieve that.

Those thinking they will make a killing in gold "NOW" are gonna lose their ass .

I hope this clarifies things for someone getting to the party late.


I myself own no gold because I'm in the capital appreciation stage. 

I'd probably own up to 50% gold if I were in the wealth preservation stage of life.


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 06:40 | 2221390 LookingWithAmazement
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Its [golds] value isn’t dependent on central banking.

Hmmm. There's a direct connection between the act of money printing and the rise of the gold price.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 07:09 | 2221400 spiral_eyes
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In nominal terms, yes.

In purchasing power terms, no. 

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 07:49 | 2221432 LookingWithAmazement
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Do you have hard evidence?

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 08:10 | 2221447 spiral_eyes
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Gold priced in crude oil, vs dollars priced in crude oil. No matter what central bankers do, crude oil and gold remain relatively stable.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 06:42 | 2221391 godzila
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Sun, 03/04/2012 - 06:41 | 2221392 godzila
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Trouble is, stocks (and all paper assets) are subject to counter-party risk, whereas physical gold isn’t


As long as you can legally own it... confscation has already happened in the US of A...

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 07:09 | 2221402 spiral_eyes
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That's not counter-party risk. That's risk of theft.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 07:34 | 2221424 o2sd
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>> As long as you can legally own it... confscation has already happened in the US of A...


When societies break down completely, the government will confiscate anything and everything, including land, property, car, whatever.

So, if it comes to that, and you are still in the country, then it becomes irrelevant what you invested in.

It's worth looking at the Communist Revolution in China, particularly the cultural revolution. Because Communism is such an idiotic system of government, the entire productivity of China collapsed within 10 years of it's implementation. Then the real confiscation began. Almost everybody lost everything. In THOSE situations, having gold would get you killed, unless you made a voluntary donation to the CCP.

So by all means buy Gold if you think your country will survive this crisis and democracy (of sorts) and property rights remain intact. Otherwise GET THE HELL OUT OF DODGE NOW.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 09:41 | 2221506 bugs_
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looks like mr value has a value problem.

but it makes sense - grow like crazy on insider trading profits and tapping into government power at the right moments.

like anything else there are diminishing returns.  now it would take a hella insider trade to push his curve up.  so large that the risk of discovery (Sokol) is too great.  now it would take a hella exertion of government power that the risk of discovery (keystone) is too great.

and over time true value will exert itself.  sell it.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 10:12 | 2221528 Kasperfx
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Worren , Ben don't you know, Even with your influences over the markets.


You can't fool nor stop Mother Nature !!!

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 12:26 | 2221706 Spartaguy
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WB is a hack!

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 12:46 | 2221747 Milton William ...
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Aziz rips off Peter Schiff so bad it hurts.....Schiff made this exact point on his radio show well before this question this guy listened

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 13:52 | 2221888 zebrasquid
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Warren Buffett never liked tech stocks either, never made one dime off of the 30 year super bull market in tech stocks! THIS is the stock picking genius of his era??

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 14:50 | 2222034 Tom Green Swedish
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He goes for slow undervalued steady returns. Not bubbles that spike than crash. I like to call them long term pump and dumps.  He has 60 billion dollars. Name one pump and dump techy that has 60 billion dollars.


He bailed out Goldman Sachs and BOfA with his own money.  Last time I checked those firm were full of high priced Ivy League educated people.  Buffett and Munger are superior.


Another example. Steve Jobs asked Warren Buffett what to do with all the cash he was accumulating.  Buffett suggested he buy back Apple stock. Steve Jobs declined and just decided to keep the cash.  I would have to say Steve Jobs has more of a brain then this Rosenberg nobody.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 14:45 | 2222022 Tom Green Swedish
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Would rather have a share of BRK than a gold bar. Anyday.  The man owns an entire railroad among other things.  I am going to take the opposite stance and say gold is overvalued.  See the problem with your analysis is gold fluctuates in value just like currency, it doesn't always go straight up like it has the last decade.  From 1980 (when it crashed following prices like this 10 dollars a gram due to the manipulation of the silver market) to 2000 it averaged 3.69 dollars per gram in 1971 dollars. In 1971 dollars it was worth 1.25 dollars per gram when it was backed by currency.  Now it is worth around 10 dollars per gram IN 1971 dollars.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 14:57 | 2222061 Watson
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It just sits, retaining its purchasing power.

For long periods, it doesn't.
Sorry about that, but just a historical fact.

What gold *is* good for, historically, is as a hedge against a complete breakdown of the existing order (foreign invasion is the usual example).

But who is going to do the invading?
Russia is not the military power it once was, and Germany is practically pacifist.
Anyone suggest any realistic candidates?

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 03:42 | 2223375 o2sd
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Who invaded Zimbabwe?


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 15:06 | 2222093 gsb2118
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Log scale would be more informative.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 16:26 | 2222320 loveyajimbo
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Buffet is a 'roid.  he is like Blankfein, only in a Teddy Bear suit... he disses gold while Ben the Gay Blade prints like mad... is he nuts or simply a mouthpiece for the elite status quo? 

He says residential houses are a great deal, even though there are a million+ bank owned homes that are waiting to be dumped on the market... only reason they are not is that they are held at ORIGINAL value on the books and dumping them would bloow the scam and sink the big bad boyz.


If not for the bailouts, Old man Buffet would be on the street selling his ass for $5/throw.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 20:02 | 2222752 dwilso39
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Now we know why he "hates" gold

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 22:00 | 2222955 ejhickey
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Gold does not pay a dividend to its owners, but then BRK.a and BRK.b don't pay dividends to its owners either.   Warren keeps the dividends.

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 22:20 | 2222961 Tom Green Swedish
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People buy gold as an inflation hedge. Inflation of the dollar has only been 11 percent the last 6 years while gold has increased 275 percent in price.  Looks exactly like the housing bubble.  People than to judge things by how much gold is worth but just because speculators jacked the price up doesn't mean other things are worth less including the dollar. It's insanity, its a scam and its worse than the housing bubble and tech bubble combined because its worth nothing and nothing will come from peoples loss from this. Its just another scam to cash in on more cash nobody who invests in gold really cares about gold they just care about money and the security of their money.


Its very obvious also considering most of the miners aren't increasing in stock price as well. Big time sign.

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 00:57 | 2223267 zebrasquid
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You are so wrong and you are the poster child of the 99% of people who own no gold and are so sure that it is somehow in a bubble in spite of that 99%. You might think about that before you talk about that which you obviously are clueless about.

I don't mean to insult you but, rather, too help you understand how silly your thesis is.

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 03:16 | 2223365 Watson
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(From a US point of view) If you think someone is going to (successfully) invade, or civil war, or some other *total* breakdown of law and society, then gold in small physical units probably is a good idea, even at current prices.

Personally, I think a very slow (near-jobless) recovery, mostly in manufacturing and not including banking, housing or financial services, is much more likely.
And that scenario is not good for gold.


Sun, 03/04/2012 - 22:54 | 2223058 alphastratus
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For all the talk about Buffett - it's his latest hires that are more interesting:

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