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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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    PART ONE: CNBC's Becky Quick traveled to Omaha, Nebraska recently to shoot additional material for her one-hour special focusing on Warren Buffett's whirlwind tour of Asia.  While she was there, Buffett gave Becky an on-camera tour of the Berkshire Hathaway offices. He talked about some of the mementos he's collected and their personal significance to him, and to his investing style. Here on Warren Buffett Watch, you can see the entire walk-and-talk with Buffett and Becky.  This is the first part of that conversation.

  • A Wall Street sign is shown in front of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 in New York. The Dow fell 416.02 points, or 3.29 percent, to 12,216.24 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    "Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy only when others are fearful." That's the classic advice from Warren Buffett. This morning on CNBC's Squawk Box, Becky Quick spoke with Oak Value Fund co-manager Larry Coats, Jr., who is a Buffett-style investor.  The main question: With stock prices down and increased worries on Wall Street, is it now time for value investors to be greedy?  Coats has some stock picks to share.

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    Tonight's CNBC one-hour special on Warren Buffett focuses on how Buffett is increasingly looking overseas for investment opportunities, a trend highlighted by his recent whirlwind trip to China and South Korea. CNBC Squawk Box co-anchor Becky Quick had an "all-access" pass during that journey, traveling with Buffett the whole way.  But it's not all international travel and cuisine in tonight's program. This morning, Becky showed a short clip taking us to Warren Buffett's favorite restaurant in his home town of Omaha: Piccolo's, also known as Piccolo Pete's.

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    When CNBC Squawk Box co-anchor Becky Quick traveled with Warren Buffett to Asia, she took a video camera along for the trip. Some of the material she shot will be appearing in the one hour CNBC special Warren Buffett: The Billionaire Next Door - Going Global that premieres tomorrow night (Friday, November 30) at 9p ET.   In this web-only video clip shot with my own trusty minicam, you'll see some additional footage from Becky's "video diary" as she tells us what really happens "behind-the-scenes."

  • Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., stands on stage prior to speaking about her health care policy, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Warren Buffett will be hosting a second fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign next month. The first one, in New York last June, is said to have raised about one million dollars for Clinton.   The second fund-raiser will be held at lunchtime on Tuesday, December 11 at the San Francisco Hilton. It's billed as a "lunch and conversation with Mr. Buffett and Mrs. Clinton."

  • 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.