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  1. FT Alphaville

    April 14, 2014

    Buffett derivatives, just ignore the volatility

    There’s an old Russian proverb, popularised by Ronald Reagan, which comes up among due diligence types: trust, but verify....

  2. April 13, 2014

    Plan 10 years ahead, not 10 milliseconds

    Author Michael Lewis has captured the headlines and imagination in recent days with his new book Flash Boys about...

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  1. Brazil & the US 2013

    Politics put to one side in sign of closer ties...
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  1. April 7, 2014

    Publicity is free with no PRs

    Professional public relations executives are “safe”, according to Peter Hargreaves, co-founder and executive director of...

  2. April 4, 2014

    Stars in their eyes

    Is there really such a phenomenon as a star fund manager, the financial equivalent of a creative or inspirational footballer...

  3. March 30, 2014

    Fund managers are like my smart-beta wife

    My wife is an alpha female, or at least she thinks she is. For this reason, I have adopted a stock response to most things...

  4. March 16, 2014

    Why gaining from value investing is hard

    Values in common parlance elude definition. Equally decent people can hold contrasting values with deep fervour. In the...

  5. March 16, 2014

    The Sage of Omaha has very few true disciples

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett handed out some disarmingly simple advice in his 49th Berkshire Hathaway annual report...

  6. March 14, 2014

    Buffett faces challenge on Berkshire dividend

    A mild mannered accountant from Cincinnati, Ohio, is taking on Warren Buffett in a showdown over whether the veteran...

  7. March 14, 2014

    Buffett / Graham: son’s burden

    It is hard for the founder’s grandson to get respect as a boss. Yet Donald Graham, long-time head of Graham Holdings Company...

  8. March 12, 2014

    Rite Aid buoyed by Goldman upgrade

    Shares in Rite Aid climbed after analysts at Goldman Sachs lifted their rating on the third-largest US drugstore to “buy” as...

  9. March 7, 2014

    Warren Buffett tells wife: go cheap and passive

    Warren Buffett issued some startlingly simple financial advice in the latest Berkshire Hathaway annual report, along with an...

  10. FT Alphaville

    March 3, 2014

    Buffett Derivatives: back in black

    The Berkshire Hathaway annual report released on Saturday is full of information for Buffett watchers, but for those...

  11. March 2, 2014

    Buffett upbeat about future despite trailing S&P

    Warren Buffett gave a robust defence of his investment record after the billionaire investor failed to beat the US stock...

  12. FT Alphaville

    March 1, 2014

    Dear Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, [Update]

    The annual letter from Warren Buffett is out. We’ve picked out some excerpts below, or click to read the annual report in...

  13. February 28, 2014

    How to invest like Warren Buffett

    This weekend, legendary investor Warren Buffett will dispatch his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, as he...

  14. FT Alphaville

    February 24, 2014

    Buffett derivatives, feel the (credit) quality

    In our exploration so far of the very large put option contracts sold by Berkshire Hathaway, we have looked at the reasons...

  15. February 21, 2014

    Big Blue investors may not have a winning hand

    In 2011, the legendary investor Warren Buffett caused a stir by announcing Berkshire Hathaway’s first major investment in a...

  16. February 20, 2014

    Buffett’s Business Wire ends feeds to high-speed traders

    Business Wire, which has published corporate news releases in the US for the last half century, will stop selling direct...

  17. February 10, 2014

    Buffett-backed BYD behind first all-electric London cab fleet

    Warren Buffett-backed Chinese carmaker BYD will launch London’s first ever all-electric taxi fleet on Tuesday, pulling ahead...

  18. FT Alphaville

    February 5, 2014

    The Buffett derivative mystery gets more exotic

    In the comments on our last piece on Berkshire Hathaway’s very large derivative contracts we and Professor Pablo Triana...

  19. FT Photo Diary

    January 28, 2014

    Beauty in steel

    Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters Steel products are stacked at a steelworks in Seoul. South Korean steelmaker Posco, backed by...

  20. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2014

    What happens next at Dow Chemical

    We said to keep an eye on Dow and that advice hasn’t changed. With one activist out there in public (Loeb), the possibility...

  21. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2014

    Further Reading

    Elsewhere on Thursday, - Who needs productivity? - Indeed, how about we work less. - Most Americans are worth less than...

  22. The World

    January 22, 2014

    Davos: what to read this morning

    (c) World Economic Forum It’s day one at Davos, with business and political leaders, gathered in the Swiss resort for the...

  23. FT Alphaville

    January 20, 2014

    Warren Buffett, management consultant

    The consequence of his incredible success finally caught up with Warren Buffett last year. At its 44th attempt, the S&P 500...

  24. Business Blog

    January 6, 2014

    Shale gas and the advantages of US risk-taking capitalism

    Ed Crooks’ column about the low returns to most investors in US shale gas is a reminder not only that things can go wrong in...

  25. January 5, 2014

    Shale boom leaves investors underwhelmed

    Lamenting the airline industry’s perennial unprofitability, Warren Buffett observed that “if a farsighted capitalist had...

  26. January 3, 2014

    Week in Review, January 4

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Train crash sets off debate about oil...

  27. FT Alphaville

    December 19, 2013

    The Buffett difference, derivatives edition

    Actual new information about the great man and his methods is rare indeed. Warren Buffett is the investment equivalent of...

  28. FT Alphaville

    December 9, 2013

    Zombies are the wrong kind of mean

    The generally excellent Spencer Jakab leaves his zombie repellent behind on Monday, when he speculates in the Wall Street...

  29. December 8, 2013

    Views my own: five Twitter bio clichés to avoid

    Boris Johnson says nothing at all. Warren Buffett gives his job title. Sir Richard Branson declares himself to be a...

  30. December 3, 2013

    London’s mayor is half right on envy, greed and inequality

    Boris Johnson has a talent for carefully calculated imprudence. The London mayor says, apparently artlessly, things others...

  31. December 2, 2013

    Zhao ready to dance to Chinese market revival

    A cheap, electronic floor mat for dancing games does not sound like inspiration for a successful career in hedge fund...

  32. November 11, 2013

    Follow Buffett and back infrastructure’s pricing power

    Warren Buffett values the pricing power of a company above all else, including the ability of the management team. “You’ve...

  33. November 4, 2013

    BYD hits back at California labour allegations

    A Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles has hit back at allegations it transferred low-cost labour to a bus factory in...

  34. October 28, 2013

    A €15,000 bathtub? Hair shirts fit better

    There was something familiar about reports that a German cleric dubbed “the bishop of bling” had spent €15,000 on a bathtub...

  35. October 25, 2013

    Let’s hear it for the little guys

    When it comes to funds, size matters – but not always in a good way. The industry is heavily concentrated. The biggest funds...

  36. October 23, 2013

    Starbucks chief calls on US leaders to co-operate

    Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks, has warned America’s political leaders that they must live up to their...

  37. October 23, 2013

    Value investors see tech stocks coming of age

    In the long run, everything is a toaster. This is one of the more memorable lines delivered by Professor Bruce Greenwald,...

  38. October 18, 2013

    Athlete IPOs: Franchise players

    Athlete IPOs Arian Foster, who has become the first athlete to, in effect, list shares in his career, would be advised to...

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