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    Warren Buffett's itchy trigger fingers gets most of the attention in the day-after headlines about his latest annual letter to shareholders, but his long-term optimism about the United States' economic future also gets some mentions.

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    In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders released this morning, Warren Buffett says more "major" acquisitions are needed to maintain growth in the company's non-insurance businesses at a "decent rate."

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    As the centennial of its opening nears, the Panama Canal is due to shake up international trade once more, a point rails and ports across the United States readily acknowledge.

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    Set your alarm clocks. No sleeping late this Saturday. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will post its 2010 Annual Report, Q4 earnings, and Buffett's folksy-funny annual letter to shareholders around 8 AM ET.

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    For the fourth straight year, Warren Buffett will be answering your questions during a special three-hour live appearance starting at 6a ET, Wednesday, March 2 on CNBC's Squawk Box. Our Becky Quick will be in Omaha for the event.   Here's how you can suggest a question for Buffett.

  • Warren Buffett receives the Presidential Medal of Honor from Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on February 15, 2011.

    Luck is a recurring theme in a White House video clip of 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Warren Buffett.

  • William C. Weldon, CEO of Johnson & Johnson

    The world’s largest medical device company, Johnson & Johnson, expects to have all the products recalled last year on the shelves again by the end of this year, William Weldon, CEO of Johnson and Johnson, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Warren Buffett receives the Presidential Medal of Honor from Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on February 15, 2011.

    Warren Buffett was smiling today at the White House as Barack Obama presented him with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  And while Mr. Obama's anecdote about Buffett's early misadventures in stockpicking elicted laughter, there's also a serious investing lesson to be learned.

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    SAC Capital increased its holding in Apple and Greenlight Capital increased its stake in Sprint Nextel, according to new SEC filings.

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    The most recent whale-watch filings at the SEC become more interesting when you contemplate not merely who is betting on what but who is betting against whom.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway was doing some selling in last year's fourth quarter. Its quarterly portfolio filing with the SEC shows that as of December 31, Berkshire had no holdings for eight stocks that had been listed in its Q3 portfolio filing.

  • Warren Buffett is sworn in before testifying to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in New York City on June 2, 2010

    Here's some weekend listening.  The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has posted a two-hour audio recording of the interview its staff did with Warren Buffett in his Omaha office on May 26, 2010.

  • "Defaults are not likely to exceed $20 billion, which is less than 1 percent of all municipal bonds outstanding," Richard Larkin, senior vice president and director of credit analysis at investment bank Herbert J. Sims, said.

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    How much do you know about whistleblowers?

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    BlackRock, the big money management firm led by Laurence Fink, tells the SEC it held 6.6 percent of Berkshire Hathaway's Class B shares at the end of December.   That appears to be an increase from 5.1 percent.

  • Warren Buffett and Bill Gates will visit India sometime this year to "seek support of wealthy Indians for philanthropic activities," according to a report in today's Economic Times.

  • Barron's January 24, 2011 Cover: Mr. Moneybags

    Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway are up almost four percent at mid-day (Monday) after Barron's suggested the company could pay its first dividend since Buffett took over in the mid-1960s.  It's also predicting Berkshire's stock price, which "hasn't budged in nearly a year," could top its all-time high this year.

  • Lou Simpson

    Lou Simpson is going back to work, but he's not going back into the game for the money.   After a "day" of retirement, and concerned he would drive himself "crazy" if he didn't do anything, the long-time Geico stockpicker is opening his own firm to manage money for friends and family.

  • Washington Post Company Executive Committee Chairman Katharine Graham in a 1997 file photo.

    Warren Buffett will retire from the Washington Post board of directors after what he calls a "great 37 years."  But he tells the Wall Street Journal that Berkshire will "keep every share of stock we have" in the company.

  • Carlos Slim, the world's richest man by the latest Forbes ranking, tells CNBC he won't be signing onto the Giving Pledge, the invitation to philanthropy created by Warren Buffett (#3 on the Forbes list) and Bill Gates (#2).   He tells CNBC that business people should help to fight poverty, but he doesn't think giving to charity is the best way to do so.