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Buffett’s Annual Letter: What You Can Learn From My Real Estate Investments

Phil Town

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Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. This essay is an edited excerpt from his annual letter to shareholders.

This story is from the March 17, 2014 issue of Fortune and sent along to us by Garrett with our thanks. This is a wonderful letter.  It basically says investing isn’t all that hard but that most people shouldn’t try it – they should just go buy an index.  Buffett’s been saying the same thing for years.  What’s different here is that he lays out his rules for buying stuff more succinctly than I’ve seen before. Read more.

Advantages and Disadvantages of ETFs

Phil Town

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ETF. Exchange-trade fund. A security that tracks an index and represents a basket of stocks like an index fund, but trades like a stock on an exchange, thus experiencing price changes throughout the day as it is bought and sold. Read more.

Perfectly Legal, 100% Free, Tax Loopholes

Phil Town

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If we could just buy and hold, there wouldn’t be a tax issue. Unfortunately, we’re not geniuses enough to know the stock can’t go lower, and Mr. Market is far too irrational to be trusted. So we use the Tools, get in and out with the big guys, and avoid the danger of holding in a market that can crash. Great. Except now the Feds can tax us. Read more.

The Ugly Game of Assets Under Management

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Get this into your head: Mutual fund companies are not in the stockpiling business or even the investing business. They are in the asset-collection business. They call it AUM and, like the yoga mantra “om,” they repeat it endlessly to assure a happy life. Read more.

What is a Berky and Do You Need One?

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Stockpiling your way to riches wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Mr. Market. But it also wouldn’t be possible without a proper place to stash the excess cash that you’ll be using for your investments. Read more.

The Problem With 401k Programs

Phil Town

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Since I’m a former river guide and not a tax attorney or CPA, I’m not going to advise you about how to set up these plans.

I will tell you however, I’m not a huge fan of the 401k programs because most of them force you to invest in mutual funds.

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Must Read: Bill Bartmann’s Book, Bouncing Back

Phil Town

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Have I got a story for you.  A friend of mine has written the most unusual book you will read this year–or will read maybe ever.  It’s really more of an adventure than a book. Let me explain. Read more.