Warren Buffett Watch

Alex Crippen

Senior Coordinating Producer

Alex Crippen is senior coordinating producer at CNBC.com. He started with CNBC television in 1990. Crippen began his media career in affiliate TV and news radio. He holds a degree in economics from Wesleyan University.

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  • Customers stand in a queue outside a branch  of the Northern Rock the British  mortage lender in Harrow, London Monday Sept. 17, 2007. Shares of British mortgage lender Northern Rock PLC, hit by a liquidity crisis which sent customers lining up to withdraw billions in deposits, tumbled more than 30 percent Monday. (AP Photo/ Max Nash)

    Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper says today that Warren Buffett "has emerged as a potential buyer of Northern Rock," the U.K. bank that's been slammed by the global credit crunch.  Without further identifying its source or sources, the newspaper says it "has learned that Buffett ... has held talks with three of the bidders for the bank with a view to joining one of the consortia."

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    Lately we've been covering a lot of ground here on Warren Buffett Watch, including Warren Buffett's defense of estate taxes before Congress, a whirlwind tour of Asia, a supermodel, and even Buffett's advice to a big-time baseball star.  Today, Morningstar's Paul Larson brings us back to basics, with a concise list of Five Simple Steps to Investing Like Buffett.

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    Fortune senior editor Alex Taylor III writes in his column today that we shouldn't pay too much attention to Berkshire Hathaway's addition of CarMax to its portfolio because Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett "wasn't directly involved in the purchase."  But does it really make sense for imitators to try to distinguish between Buffett and his holding company?

  • Investor Warren Buffet participates in the Treasury Conference on U.S. Capital Markets Competitiveness, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Georgetown University in Washington.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    A new study by two university professors proves what a lot of savvy investors have known for years: buying the stocks Warren Buffett buys will make you a lot of money.  And they say, you don't even have to do the "imitation" buying immediately after Buffett discloses his purchases.

  • New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez pauses as he autographs "Out of the Ballpark," a children's book he wrote, at a signing in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)

    In a CNBC Exclusive video interview, baseball star Alex Rodriguez talked with our own Becky Quick about how he wants to play for the Yankees and about his friend, Warren Buffett, who appears to have played a role in getting A-Rod back with the Bronx Bombers.

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    Warren Buffett's high-profile visit to Washington last week is generating some criticism from some of those opposed to his "Tax the Rich" campaign.  Here's a sampling.

  • New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a three-run home off Kansas City Royals pitcher Kyle Davies during the first inning as Royals catcher Jason LaRue and umpire Jerry Meals, left, look on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York.  Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, sending the first pitch he saw Saturday just past the foul pole in left field.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Warren Buffett knows baseball, knows money and has a lot of common sense.  So it shouldn't be a surprise that baseball star Alex Rodriguez would turn to the Omaha billionaire when he found himself needing some common sense advice about baseball and money.

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    Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett's longtime investing partner, has sold a very small slice of stock in Buffett's holding company.  In a filing a short time ago with the SEC, Munger discloses that he sold a 200 Class A Berkshire shares yesterday and today, generating $27,256,400.

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    Berkshire Hathaway's nearly 14 million shares of Carmax are worth substantially more at today's closing bell than they were 24 hours before. The big rally follows the revelation in an SEC filing by Warren Buffett's holding company that it held 13,981,800 shares of the nation's biggest used-car retailer as of September 30, the end of Berkshire's third quarter.

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    Check out this web-only video clip showing some behind the scenes shots after today's appearance by Warren Buffett before the Senate Finance Committee, including a long walk down the hallway and an elevator that "doesn't stop for billionaires."