Not All Your Investments Will Work Out at First … Just Look at The Buffalo Evening News and Berkshire Hathaway

In 1977, Berkshire Hathaway invested nearly 25% of its net worth into Buffalo Evening News, a newspaper in upstate New York. Buffett and Munger paid $32.5 million for the company, which had only earned $1.7 million pre-tax in 1976. The theory was the paper could launch a Sunday edition and increase profits substantially. A judge…


Income Inequality Is Caused By Single Parent Households and Assortative Mating Habits Just as Much as Technology

There is considerable academic evidence that one of the major drivers of income inequality in the United States is the difference in family formation, and assortative mating habits, between the upper and lower classes. Stated plainly, the upper class is more likely to get married, stay married, and have children within that marriage, while the lower class is more likely to have children out of wedlock or divorce. The results to net worth and income can be enormous over a lifetime.

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