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    In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett says he did some "dumb things in investments" last year, while defending Berkshire's "equity put" derivatives contracts.  Buffett also predicts the economy will "be in shambles throughout 2009 - and for that matter, probably well beyond - but that conclusion does not tell us whether the stock market will rise or fall."  He's still optimistic for the long-term, however, again pointing out that "our country has faced far worse travails in the past" but always "we've overcome them."  He says confidently, "America's best days lie ahead."

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    A tough year for Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway should make his annual letter to shareholders even more interesting than usual.  Reuters says he has "some explaining to do."  The letter will be released tomorrow (Saturday) at 8a ET.

  • Warren Buffett Letter To Be Posted At 8A ET Saturday Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 6:20 PM ET

    We knew Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders was set to be released this coming Saturday, February 28. Now we know the time.

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    Warren Buffett fans, clear your calendars. Berkshire Hathaway confirms to me that Buffett's eagerly-awaited annual letter to shareholders will be released this coming Saturday, February 28.

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    Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway closed at a 5-year low today (Friday) after their sixth straight daily decline.

  • Why Warren Buffett Isn't a Hypocrite Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 2:17 PM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer has been critical of Warren Buffett's decision to sell some stocks in the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio, in part because it appears to contradict Buffett's public call to buy U.S. stocks last fall.  But there is another way of looking at it.

  • Stop Trading!: Gold's Rise Is No Bubble Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 3:49 PM ET

    Plus, get Cramer's calls on the Goldman Sachs news, agriculture stocks and one combination wind power-housing play.

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    After warning CNBC viewers not to follow Warren Buffett's recent stock moves, Jim Cramer goes into greater detail today about how Buffett was "selling America" last fall even as he publicly urged investors to buy American stocks.

  • Cramer Who? Strategist Tells Why He's Sticking w/ Buffett Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 11:48 AM ET

    Warren Buffett has some detractors these days, even some highly-regarded detractors. Mike Holland is not among them. The chairman of Holland & Co. thinks the Oracle of Omaha has been trading very shrewdly recently.

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    CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer doesn't like what he sees in Warren Buffett's latest stock moves for Berkshire Hathaway, and doesn't think ordinary investors should follow the Omaha billionaire's lead this time around.  Buffett has "the luxury of being wrong. The rest of us do not."

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    Instead of asking what Warren Buffett has been buying, we should have been wondering what he's been selling.  Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio snapshot for the end of the fourth quarter reveals its holdings in Johnson and Johnson have been slashed by more than half.

  • Options Bearish on This Insurance Stock Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 3:17 PM ET

    Principal Financial Group is seeing bearish options activity, as February puts trade with volume more than triple the previous open interest.

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    Exactly four months ago today, on October 17, Warren Buffett wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times with one of his rare advisories for investors: "Buy American. I Am."  He explained how falling stock prices had prompted him to pick up U.S. stocks at bargain prices .. for his personal account.  Later today (Tuesday), we'll get the answer to a key question: Was Buffett also buying U.S. stocks for Berkshire Hathaway's portfolio at the same time?

  • Buy Berkshire Hathaway? CNBC's On-Air Debate Monday, 16 Feb 2009 | 3:05 PM ET

    Should ordinary investors try to follow Warren Buffett by purchasing shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock?  Recently, CNBC's Maria Bartiromo hosted a debate on Closing Bell between Thomas Russo of Gartner, Russo and Gartner and Hake Capital Management's Mark Hake. Here's the video clip.

  • Warren Buffett Goes Shopping at Tiffany's Friday, 13 Feb 2009 | 5:49 PM ET

    Warren Buffett has been doing some shopping at Tiffany's just before Valentine's Day, but he's not taking anything home in a baby-blue shopping bag.  In a filing with the SEC today, Tiffany says it has sold $250 million of debt to some Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries.

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    Berkshire Hathaway has been steadily reducing its holdings in Constellation Energy, after receiving almost 20 million shares in mid-December as part of its break-up fee.

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    Warren Buffett says he is "delighted" to have an opportunity to increase Berkshire Hathaway's investment in Swiss Re by 3 billion Swiss francs, or about $2.6 billion.  Berkshire's cash infusion is seen as a vote of confidence in the troubled reinsurer, which is bolstering its capital position in an effort to save its credit rating.  As usual, however, Buffett will be well paid for his support.

  • Fortune Magazine's Carol Loomis, a journalist with especially strong ties to Warren Buffett, writes that a metric favored by the Omaha billionaire is now signaling it's time to buy stocks.

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    Warren Buffett's authorized biographer will not be hosting a "sage advice" dinner featuring the Omaha billionaire at this year's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, bringing a decade-long tradition to an end. Since 1998, Snowball author Alice Schroeder has invited up to several hundred guests to hear Buffett answer questions in an informal, off-the-record, event.  The New York Times reports that Buffett has canceled this year's dinner, "apparently because of his displeasure with some aspects" of Schroeder's book.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will invest $300 million in motorcycle-maker Harley-Davidson, getting a very impressive 15 percent annual interest rate for its money.  While Buffett is getting well paid for taking on the risk, it does appear to be a vote of confidence in the ability of Harley, and its well-known brand, to survive the current economic downturn.