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  Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

CNBC Transcript: Warren Buffett on 'Squawk Box'

Posted By: Alex Crippen
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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett was featured in a marathon live appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday.

Among the topics covered:

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  Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 2:37 PM ET

A stock pick from Warren Buffett's stock picker

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Health-care investing tips from Buffett's team
Ted Weschler, Berkshire Hathaway investment manager, explains why he is comfortable placing DaVita HealthCare in the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio.

Warren Buffett isn't the only person at Berkshire Hathaway making decisions on stocks to buy and sell. In the last few years, he's brought on two portfolio managers, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler.

Along with Tracy Britt Cool, his financial assistant, they are what he calls his "three Ts." They generally keep a very low profile.

But Monday, for the first time ever, they joined their boss for a live appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

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  Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

Warren Buffett's 5 key investing don'ts

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Buffett: Bitcoin not a currency
CNBC's Becky Quick summarizes her wide-ranging conversation with billionaire Warren Buffett. He spoke about the situation in Ukraine, investing for the long term, and keeping investment costs down to a minimum.

Warren Buffett spent three hours answering questions live on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday morning.

After a Buffett marathon, we usually would look at his advice on what investors should do. This time, it's five key lessons on what investors shouldn't do:

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  Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

No climate change impact on insurance biz: Buffett

Buffett: Climate change has had no effect on insurance market
Billionaire Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday that he does not see climate change impacting insurance prices "three years or five years from now."

The effects of climate change, "if any," have not affected the insurance market, billionaire Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday—adding he's not calculating the probabilities of catastrophes any differently.

While the question of climate change "deserves lots of attention," Buffett said in a "Squawk Box" interview, "It has no effect ... [on] the prices we're charging this year versus five years ago. And I don't think it'll have an effect on what we're charging three years or five years from now." He added, "That may change ten years from now."

(Read more: I'd vote 'yes' on Keystone pipeline: Warren Buffett)

He said the U.S. has been "remarkably free of hurricanes" in the past five years with only slightly more tornadoes.

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  Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

Warren Buffett: Ukraine won't stop my stock buying

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Warren's wisdom: Don't hold money during a war
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman & CEO, says he felt good when he saw a London stock he was interested in buying trading lower on the growing fears over Russian aggression in the Ukraine. One thing that you can be sure, if there is a war, the value of money would go down, says Buffett.

Warren Buffett said he's not at all discouraged that the stock market is under pressure due to the conflict in Ukraine.

In a live interview Monday on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Buffett said, "When I got up this morning, I actually looked at a stock on the computer (for) the trades in London (of a stock) that we're buying, and it's down and I felt good." He would only acknowledge it is an "English" stock.

"We were buying it on Friday, but it's cheaper this morning and that's good news." Will he buy more? "Absolutely."

Buffett said that would be true even if he knew Ukraine would turn into a major conflict.

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  Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

I'd vote 'yes' on Keystone pipeline: Warren Buffett

Buffett: Rails have 'real economic' advantages
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman & CEO, shares his outlook on rails. It should be a very profitable business, says Buffett. Buffett also weighs in on why he thinks the Keystone Pipeline is a good idea for the country.

The Keystone oil pipeline is good idea for the United States, Warren Buffett said Monday, even though it would take away some business from his Berkshire Hathaway rail subsidiary BNSF.

The long-delayed leg from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska should be approved, the billionaire investor told CNBC.

"I would vote 'yes,'" Buffett said in a "Squawk Box" interview, but added he has "no idea" if President Barack Obama will approve it.

"I don't believe in the Keystone pipeline because of the jobs you'd make building it. You can build anything and create jobs," he said. "I just believe it's a useful pipeline."

(Read more: No climate change impact on insurance biz: Buffett)

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  Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

Warren Buffett admits to $873 million mistake

Posted By: Alex Crippen
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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is famous for his stock-picking ability, but he also puts a substantial amount of Berkshire Hathaway's money in bonds.

Those transactions don't get a lot of attention. Unlike the contents of its stock portfolio that must be filed with the SEC four times a year, Berkshire doesn't have to publicly disclose its debt holdings.

In his letter to shareholders released Saturday, however, Buffett admitted to a money-losing bond buy involving Energy Future Holdings.

(Read more: Buffett's Berkshire slammed by S&P in 2013)

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  Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

Buffett's Berkshire slammed by S&P in 2013

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Warren Buffett

In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders released Saturday, Warren Buffett reveals the company's per-share book value, his favored metric, increased by 18.2 percent in 2013.

That's an increase in net worth of $34.2 billion after deducting $1.8 billion of what he calls "economically meaningless" charges from Berkshire's purchase of minority interests in Marmon and Iscar.

That strong gain, however, was dwarfed by the S&P's 32.4 percent advance, including dividends.

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  Friday, 28 Feb 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

Team Buffett stepping into the light

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Warren Buffett

Everyone knows Warren Buffett, but three other people who have been making major decisions at Berkshire Hathaway have kept a low profile.

Todd Combs and Ted Weschler manage chunks of Berkshire's stock portfolio and Tracy Britt Cool is Buffett's "financial assistant."

Since being hired in the past four years, the trio, referred to by Buffett as the "Three Ts," have made virtually no public appearances.

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  Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

Warren Buffett on why a bull market is like sex

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Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway's 2013 shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb.
Lacy O'Toole | CNBC
Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway's 2013 shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb.

Warren Buffett is offering some basic instinct advice about investing.

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  • Warren Buffett is arguably America’s most-admired and most-followed investor. Buffett is the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the world’s most famous and most generous philanthropists. Legions of investors - from all walks of life - follow Buffett's homespun investment philosophy: invest in what you know, invest in value. Here on CNBC.com's Warren Buffett Watch, we’ll keep you up to date on what the “Oracle of Omaha” is doing by following Buffett's trades, words and deeds.

 

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