Warren Buffett Is the Best Argument for Capitalism. Is It Good Enough? 

Hamilton Nolan · 05/05/16 10:55AM

As the “Empire State of Mind” beat filled the packed CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, the chorus slid in: “At Berkshire, financial strength is what dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t dooooo….” The white, middle-aged crowd of investors jammed. Is this is the humble setting from which champions arise?

Wall Street: Monday Morning

cityfile · 05/04/09 05:40AM

• President Obama will propose new laws today to crack down on companies and wealthy individuals who use a variety of tax loopholes to move their assets offshore and avoid paying taxes. [WSJ, BN]
• Citigroup and Bank of America are both rumored to be working on plans to raise more than $10 billion in fresh capital a piece, although Bank of America is now denying that such a plan is underway. [FT, DB, BI]
• Questions are being raised about New York Fed chairman Stephen Friedman's ties to Goldman Sachs and possible conflicts of interest. [WSJ]

Wells Fargo's Record Profit, The Case Against Meredith

cityfile · 04/09/09 05:37AM

• Wall Street opened higher this morning after Wells Fargo predicted it would report a record $3 billion profit for the first quarter of 2009. [CNN, AP]
• You may soon be able to bail out America, too: The Obama administration is currently looking at ways to "give ordinary Americans a chance to profit from the bailouts that are being financed by their tax dollars." [NYT]
• Meredith Whitney has become as close to a household name as a banking industry analyst can get. But is she overhyped? [WSJ]

Warren Buffett owns newspapers, undermines them

Owen Thomas · 02/15/08 06:30PM

Who needs journalists, really? That's what Business Wire argues. Warren Buffett, the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, picked up Business Wire in 2006. He claims not to be tech-savvy, but this investment suggests otherwise. Press releases distributed by Business Wire are picked up directly by services like Google News and Techmeme. As a source, Business Wire ranks 32nd on Techmeme's list — not a bad performance. Buffett also owns a large stake in the Washington Post Co. But if that goes bust thanks to the advent of online media, it seems like Buffett picked himself a nice hedge.

Jordan Golson · 10/08/07 11:31AM

Google's stock price has passed the psychologically important but otherwise meaningless $600 barrier for the first time. Want some other high-flying tickers? Try the Washington Post Company at $803 or Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway — currently trading around $121,000 per share. Of course, despite the difference in absolute stock prices, Google and Berkshire Hathaway have roughly the same market capitalization — a perfect illustration of why the price of a stock, out of context, has no meaning.