Warren Buffett's Recent Investments

[Article updated Oct 2 2008, to include GE investment] [Article updated Oct 1 2008, to include BYD investment] – September has been quite a month for Warren Buffet and his Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK-B) subsidiary companies. . September 18 2008: – MidAmerican, a Berkshire subsidiary agreed to acquire Constellation Energy Group for $4.7 Billion cash.  In the tentative deal, Constellation would get $1 Billion cash, while...

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Is It A Good Time To Invest?

– With the current situation in the financial markets we have seen stock prices drop significantly over the past 12 months.  Reaction & bailout measures by the Fed (US) in an attempt to instill investor confidence & calm the financial markets.  They claim they “got it right this time”, and will avoid such messes in the future.  As a result we’ve also seen the stock market surge incredibly in the last 3...

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Banks & The Lure of High Returns

I was speaking with a friend the other day, who is a senior employee at one of the big Canadian banks.  Our conversation helped to give me additional insight into the problems of the financial sector, as well as confirming my suspicions of how difficult it is for corporate management to resist the institutional imperative.  He mentioned that over the last few years, corporate management had continuously raised the yearly ROE...

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How To Start Investing – Part III (of III)

PART III – “HOW TO” OF EACH STEP In this part, I will elaborate and recommend some suggestions on how to approach each step. To review Part I click here To review Part II click here . Personal Finances: – I recommend going with a book on personal finances before turning to online resources.  Although there are many websites & online resources that give specific tips, I find them more useful after having a...

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How To Start Investing – Part II

PART II – WHAT & WHY OF EACH STEP In this part, I will elaborate on each step and its importance. This list is not an exhaustive one but I think covers the most important. In the next part (III) I will explain the ‘how’ of each step. To review Part I click here. . Personal Finances: – Its a necessary beginning for all investors. If you can’t get your personal finances in order, you will not be a good...

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