Separate Science from Speculation

(May 5, 2018) When Charlie Munger and Bill Gates join the May 5 “Squawk Box” conversation, bitcoin comes up again. While admitting it’s “clever computer science,” Munger argues cryptocurrencies are “worthless artificial gold” that facilitates “illicit activity.” Gates acknowledges the underlying blockchain technology is a “good thing,” but thinks the price gains are being driven... Continue Reading →

Mob Borrowing of Bitcoin

(May 5, 2018) A few minutes later in the same “Squawk Box” interview, Buffett explained why he thinks some proponents get angry when cryptocurrencies are criticized.

2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

(May 5, 2018) Buffett is “delighted” Apple is buying back $100B of its shares as Berkshire dramatically increases its stake in the iPhone maker. He also reveals why Berkshire won’t be buying Microsoft stock, predicts cryptocurrencies will come to “bad endings,” describes the goals for his new partnership with Amazon and JPMorgan on health care... Continue Reading →

Heading to a Bad Ending

(January 10, 2018) Late in 2017, bitcoin topped out a spectacular year-long rally by hitting almost $18,000 on December 15. It then fell sharply from that high. On “Squawk Box” a few weeks later, Buffett was still staying far away from cryptocurrencies.

Pilot Flying J Acquisition

(October 3, 2017) On the morning Berkshire Hathaway’s deal to buy Pilot Flying J is announced, Warren Buffett and Jimmy Haslam, the truck stop operator’s CEO, appear live on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to explain how the companies got together. Buffett also covers the high-flying stock market and his reaction to the Wells Fargo scandal.

Warren Buffett Was Wrong on IBM

(August 30, 2017) In a live interview on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” Warren Buffett concedes he made a mistake when he bought IBM, explains why he thinks Apple is different, predicts Berkshire will keep its Bank of America stock for a “long, long time,” and declines to criticize President Trump.

On Successor Salary

(May 6, 2017) Warren Buffett famously receives only $100,000 a year to be Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO. But what about the next person to have that job?

Apple is In, IBM Is Out

(May 6, 2017) Warren Buffett analyzes the differences between two names he’s bought for Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio that are often seen as technology companies, an area he used to avoid.

Why 3G Capital Cut Jobs and Berkshire Doesn’t

(May 6, 2017) Warren Buffett says improved productivity, sometimes as the result of job cuts, helps fuel America’s growth. He admires the way 3G Capital, Berkshire Hathaway’s partner in acquiring Kraft Heinz, trims fat but admits he doesn’t like to do it himself.

Airline is a Tough Industry

(May 6, 2017) Just three years later, Berkshire Hathaway surprised the investment world by taking multi-billion dollar stakes in American, Delta, United, and Southwest. But at the 2017 shareholders meeting, Warren #Buffett didn’t sound very enthusiastic about it.

2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

(May 6, 2017) A series of scandals at Wells Fargo has Buffett defending Berkshire’s big stake in the bank. He also makes the case for his Coca-Cola habit, explains why he changed his mind on the airline stocks he once called a “death trap,” criticizes “financial helpers,” and reveals the stock he was “too dumb”... Continue Reading →

Bought Big Chunk of Apple

(Feb 27, 2017) Warren Buffett looks at individual stocks. It has nothing to do with the Federal Reserve or the election. Berkshire Hathaway bought a lot more Apple since year end, says Buffett.

Back to School

(February 2, 2017) Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are interview by Charlie Rose about a wide range of topics — from their friendship, philanthropy, and business to global health, innovation, and leadership at Columbia University.

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