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When It Comes to Books, I Don’t Care How Much Money I Spend or Waste Ruining Them

I’m a big reader.  Huge.  My library consists of thousands of titles, mostly all of which are non-fiction (biographies, finance, business, economics, psychology, history, ethics, etc.)  If I were to reproduce it, the cost would be somewhere between $12,000 and $30,000 depending on  how difficult it was to get your hands on many of the…

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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…

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The Cost of Owning a Car: The Average American Spends 58.5¢ Per Mile Driven, or $8,776 Per Year Per Car

[mainbodyad]It always struck me as particularly stupid when people complained about the cost of gasoline, even when I was a teenager with very little money just learning about how investing worked. It seemed perfectly obvious to me that if an increase of $1 per gallon cut into your standard of living, you were living so…

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“Tell Us How He Made It!” A Story of Warren Buffett, William Randolph Hearst, and Money

There is an apocryphal story about Warren Buffett that I always found useful. [mainbodyad]Years ago, when he was supposedly touring Heart Castle, the gargantuan San Simeon, California estate of American newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the tour guide spent hours highlighting the enormous scale and no-expense-spared luxuries.  He talked about how much money was spent…

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How to Measure Your Wealth

Years ago, I vaguely remember hearing someone comment that it was interesting how differently we measure wealth today compared to British society at the end of the 19th century.  This made me realize that most people don’t even know there is a difference; that there are primarily two ways you can think about measuring your wealth and which you choose for your own household will influence how you behave, the capital structure you employ, and even how you think about risk.

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Songwriter Franke Previte Still Collects Six-Figure Royalty Checks on Two Hit Songs Written Nearly 25 Years Ago

Reuters just published an awesome article about songwriter Franke Previte, who lives in New Jersey, and wrote the hit songs “Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes” for the movie Dirty Dancing. The copyrights have turned out to be a lottery ticket for the composer, providing him with a substantial stream of profits upon which…

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