Warren Buffett Finances Mars-Wrigley Deal

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett spoke live this morning (Monday) with CNBC's Squawk Box about his role in today's $23 billion Mars acquisition of Wrigley.

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Looking Up to Warren Buffett - Interview with Mohnish Pabrai

Mohnish Pabrai

It often seems like every hedge-fund manager is reading from the same playbook about how to look, work and behave. Neatly pressed khakis; thumbs glued to a BlackBerry; slick digs in Greenwich or Manhattan staffed by number-crunching research drones. But apparently, Mohnish Pabrai never got his copy. He wears shorts to his Southern California office, keeps e-mail to a minimum and almost never misses his 4 p.m. nap. And forget goosing returns with fancy computer models or using complex derivatives: Pabrai doesn't even sell stocks short.

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Buffett Trip - Visit with Warren Buffett

Warren BuffettOn March 31, 2008 students from Dr. Athanassakos' Value Investing class travelled to Omaha, Nebraska to meet with Mr. Warren Buffet, the world's best known investor and the richest person in the world.

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David Einhorn on WealthTrack, 4-25-08

David Einhorn

How effective has the Federal Reserve been in heading off a financial and economic crisis? What’s left in its arsenal? We’ll ask NYU economist Mark Gertler, a close friend and collaborator of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. What role have the regulators played and what can investors do to protect their assets? We’ll consult successful hedge fund manager David Einhorn, CEO of Greenlight Capital and Peter Stamos, CEO of Sterling, Stamos Capital Management, a private investment firm that follows the endowment model pioneered by Yale and Harvard.

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The Money Kept Vanishing - David Einhorn's New Book "Fooling Some of the People All of the Time"

David Einhorn

Fooling Some of the People All of the Time
By David Einhorn
(Wiley, 379 pages, $29.95)

Most of David Einhorn's ideas work out brilliantly. He is a 39-year-old hedge-fund manager in Manhattan who oversees $6 billion. Bull markets? Bear markets? It hardly matters. His stock portfolio has averaged 25% annual returns since 1996, when he opened Greenlight Capital.

Now Mr. Einhorn has written a book. But instead of packaging the real or contrived "secrets" to his success – as cliché would have it – he has tried to do something less triumphant and far gutsier. In "Fooling Some of the People All of the Time," he turns the spotlight on a single, stubborn investment play that never made much money for him but created six years of headaches.


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Doubling Down in Financials - Interview with Richard Pzena

Richard Pzena

When it comes to value investing or buying out-of-favor stocks, patience is a virtue. These days few are more virtuous than Richard Pzena, Chairman of Pzena Investment Management, a $20 billion assets money management company whose New York Stock Exchange listed shares are down more than 38% in the last 12 months.

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Pzena Investment Management 2008Q1 Commentary

Richard Pzena

Investors fear a massive unwinding of debt will undermine the world’s economies. But the data indicates deleveraging doesn’t equal disaster.

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Bill Miller 2008 Q1 Value Trust Commentary

Bill Miller

I am often asked, how long do we have to wait before the fund starts to do better? The real answer here is the same as it is about most such forecasts: no one knows. I am reminded of the story Nobel Prize winner Ken Arrow tells about his experience trying to make long-range weather forecasts for the military during World War II. He told his superiors that his forecasts were so unreliable as to be useless. The word came back that the General knew his forecasts were useless, but needed them anyway for planning purposes.

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The Financial Crisis: An Interview with George Soros

The following is an edited and expanded version of an interview with George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management, by Judy Woodruff on Bloomberg TV on April 4.

Judy Woodruff: You write in your new book, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets,[1] that "we are in the midst of a financial crisis the likes of which we haven't seen since the Great Depression." Was this crisis avoidable?

George Soros: I think it was, but it would have required recognition that the system, as it currently operates, is built on false premises. Unfortunately, we have an idea of market fundamentalism, which is now the dominant ideology, holding that markets are self-correcting; and this is false because it's generally the intervention of the authorities that saves the markets when they get into trouble. Since 1980, we have had about five or six crises: the international banking crisis in 1982, the bankruptcy of Continental Illinois in 1984, and the failure of Long-Term Capital Management in 1998, to name only three.

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Whitney Tilson's recent video clips , April. 2008

Whitney Tilson

  • Tilson Sees Buffett Focus on Europe `Dynastic' Companies
  • Whitney Tilson on Bloomberg TV, 4/21/08
    • Whitney Tilson, managing director and founder of T2 Partners LLC, talks with Bloomberg's Monica Bertran in New York about the outlook for financial stocks, Bank of America's first-quarter earnings report and plan to buy Countrywide Financial Corp., and Tilson's assessment of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Hedge fund manager T2 Partners oversees $100 million in assets.


What Warren thinks

Warren Buffett

With Wall Street in chaos, Fortune naturally went to Omaha looking for wisdom. Warren Buffett talks about the economy, the credit crisis, Bear Stearns, and more.

If Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, scheduled for May 3 this year, is known as the Woodstock of Capitalism, then perhaps this is the equivalent of Bob Dylan playing a private show in his own house: Some 15 times a year Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett invites a group of business students for an intensive day of learning. The students tour one or two of the company's businesses and then proceed to Berkshire (BRKA, Fortune 500) headquarters in downtown Omaha, where Buffett opens the floor to two hours of questions and answers. Later everyone repairs to one of his favorite restaurants, where he treats them to lunch and root beer floats. Finally, each student gets the chance to pose for a photo with Buffett.

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5th Annual Whitman Day: Breakfast Panel with Martin Whitman and Richard Haydon

Martin Whitman

Collectively, Martin J. Whitman ’49 BS and Richard Haydon ’66 BA (A&S) have a century of Wall Street experience—and that fact is evident in the wisdom and insight revealed in this wide-ranging panel discussion. Whitman, founder and co-chief investment officer of Third Avenue Management, and Haydon, a managing director with Neuberger Berman, treat members of the Central New York financial community to a no-holds-barred conversation on investing and current economic developments, including the housing/mortgage crisis, the concerted raid on Bear Stearns, and green investments. The discussion was moderated by J. Daniel Pluff, host of WCNY’s “Financial Fitness." The breakfast panel was part of the 5th annual Whitman Day celebration in the Whitman School of Management.

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David Dreman : Looking Beyond the Bailout

Frightening as the markets look today, there will come a time when the liquidity crisis ends and today's prices for bank stocks look, in retrospect, like bargains.

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David Dreman on WealthTrack, 4-11-08

WealthTrack scans the globe for investment opportunities with OppenheimerFunds' Global Fund manager Rajeev Bhaman. He'll be joined by one of the deans of value investing, David Dreman and insurance expert Kim Lankford of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

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Robert Rodriguez's Links

Robert Rodriguez

For the 12-month period ended on Feb. 29, 2008 , Robert Rodriguez's fund lost 5.2%, while the S&P500 lost 3.6%. For the 5-year period, his fund average 15.73% annually, and S&P gained 11.64%; over the last 20 years, the fund averaged 15.53, beating S&P500 by more than 5.5% per year.

How did Robert Rodriguez sensed the bubble in financial sector? We looked into his shareholder letters over the past years, here we like to review these letters and hopefully all of us can learn something from it and can avoid future bubbles.

Light-Years Ahead of the Crowd: Interview With Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers has a severe case of wanderlust. The longtime investor and author, whose books include Investment Biker and Adventure Capitalist, also has a new address: Singapore. Rogers recently moved his family to the island state from New York because he wants his young daughters to learn to speak fluent Chinese, which will be crucial in this century, he says.

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Whitney Tilson: Let the herd stampede first before making your move

Whitney TilsonWhitney Tilson's latest article on FT's Inside Curve column.

Without doubt, timely and democratic access to financial and market information contributes to smoothly functioning financial markets. But it’s worth asking whether the ubiquity of such information today is a friend or foe of sound investment decision-making. For all but the most active professional traders, the answer is often “no”.

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Mark Sellers : Take financial talking-heads with a grain of salt

Mark SellersMark Sellers's latest article on FT's Inside Curve column.

Everyone acts in his or her self-interest. This is a key facet of humanity, and keeps our society moving forward. Think about that the next time you make an investment decision. As an investor, it is in your interest for your portfolio to do as well as possible with the least risk possible. Unfortunately, this is not the goal of most of the people you may rely on for news and advice.

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Leon Cooperman - Chasing Opportunities

Leon CoopermanDespite recent concerns facing Wall Street, some investors are saying opportunity remains, with Leon Cooperman, Omega Advisors Chmn. & CEO and CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

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Whitney Tilson's Presentation on the Housing Crisis

Whitney TilsonHere is video link or you can watch directly below. (About 100 minutes)

Bruce Greenwald : "Value Investing Frameworks and Business Analytics"

Bruce Greenwald

The talk, titled, "Value Investing Frameworks and Business Analytics" was delivered by Prof. Greenwald to an audience of 220 guests from the Indian investment community at Hotel Taj President in Mumbai On January 8.

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Buffett tips off MU crowd

Warren Buffett

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett takes part in a question-and-answer session with business college students during the “Emerging Issues and Trends in Real Estate” forum and educational conference yesterday at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. Buffett called the Federal Reserve bailout of the nation’s fifth-largest investment bank a wise move that prevented a potential economic disaster, but he counseled caution in government efforts to stimulate the economy.

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