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    Warren Buffett has written a 'Thank You' note to 'Uncle Sam' for preventing a catastrophic economic meltdown in September of 2008, but he's not as enthusiastic about what the Federal Reserve is doing right now to boost the economy.  In a live telephone interview on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning following up on his New York Times op-ed, Buffett essentially warned that the Fed's $600 billion quantitative easing program probably won't help the economy very much, but could undermine confidence in the U.S. dollar.

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    The US economy is in for an extended period of slow growth, but it would be worse if policy makers had not acted aggressively in September 2008, investor Warren Buffett told CNBC.

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    "Well, Uncle Sam, you delivered," Warren Buffett wrote in a letter published in the New York Times. "Just as there is a fog of war, there is a fog of panic — and, overall, your actions were remarkably effective. "

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway was busy in the third quarter. The company's quarterly stock portfolio filing with the SEC shows that during the three months ending September 30, Berkshire added a new stake in Bank of New York Mellon, while eliminating holdings in five companies.

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    Newly hired investment manager Todd Combs will be initially handling $2 billion to $3 billion of Berkshire Hathaway's $113 billion portfolio in what amounts to an "extended trial." That's according to longtime Warren Buffett friend Carol Loomis, writing today for Fortune Magazine.

  • Wang Chuan-Fu, the Chairman and President of BYD, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren E. Buffett, Vice-Chairman Charles Munger and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, attend a new product launching conference of BYD at China World Hotel on September 29, 2010 in Beijing, China.

    In an exclusive interview with Managing Asia, Wang Chuan Fu, Founder and Chairman of Shenzhen-based BYD, talks about how he is charging up China's car-and-battery giant for the future.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reports a 35.6 percent surge in operating profits for its third quarter, with "major contributor" Burlington Northern getting a lot of the credit.  That's similar to the company's second quarter, when Burlington was also cited as a "major contributor" to that period's 73 percent earnings jump.

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    Look for gains when Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reports third quarter earnings after the bell rings on today's (Friday) Wall Street trading session.

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    A healthy dose of balance and good old fashioned Washington debate might be just what is needed for investors. 

  • The financial press has been in fits trying to find information on Todd Combs, the heretofore unknown guy that appears to have been selected to succeed Warren Buffett as Berkshire Hathaway’s investment chief.

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  • Berkshire Hathaway would have been wiser to outsource investing advice to hedge funds rather than hire a manager whose experience is concentrated in one sector, another fund's manager told CNBC Tuesday.

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    What was the first thing that came to mind when you heard the name "Todd Combs"?

  • Investor Warren Buffett has hired a relatively unknown hedge fund manager, Todd Combs, to help oversee Berkshire Hathaway’s overall portfolio. It's come as a a surprise to many. Combs is a 39-year-old hedge fund manager from Connecticut, will "soon be joining Berkshire as an investment manager."

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    Warren Buffett’s hiring of a relatively unknown hedge fund manager, Todd Combs, to help oversee Berkshire Hathaway’s overall portfolio came as a surprise to many. In the past month, speculation ran high as to who would take the top job as next investment chief at Berkshire.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway revealed tonight (Monday) that Todd Combs, a 39-year-old hedge fund manager from Connecticut, will "soon be joining Berkshire as an investment manager."   That instantly launches the relatively unknown investor into the spotlight as a leading contender to eventually succeed Buffett as manager, or one of the managers, of Berkshire's vast portfolio.

  • The SEC has completed a review of Berkshire Hathaway's annual earnings report for 2009 after Warren Buffett's company answered accounting questions raised by the regulatory agency over almost $2 billion in unrealized stock losses.

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    With the announcement that the Singapore Stock Exchange plans to acquire its Australian counterpart, it is clear that Asia’s growing role as the financial center of the world is gaining strength.

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    Warren Buffett may be getting an unwanted phone call from Goldman Sachs.  The Wall Street Journal says Goldman is "considering" paying back the $5 billion loan it got from Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway at the height of the credit crisis in October, 2008.   That would cut off the annual dividend payments of $500 million Berkshire has been getting from Goldman.

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    Choosing flash over substance led Bill Gross, founder and co-CIO of bond company PIMCO, to say “pass” on two of the best investments in US history, and give a thumb's-up to a big flop.