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Warren Buffett – Interview With the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (01)


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Warren Buffett – Interview With the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (04)


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Hong Kong Stocks at New Historic High — Zetland Financial Group Analyzes Why

Hong Kong Stocks at New Historic High — Zetland Financial Group Analyzes Why










Hong Kong (PRWEB) September 19, 2007

As Hong Kong stocks reach a new historic high, Zetland Financial Group Limited analyzes the reasons for this growth.

Following a very volatile last week in August, share prices on the Hong Kong stock exchange rebounded to a historic new high on 31 August when the Hang Seng Index briefly soared to 24,000 points during intra-day trade on that day. The turnover on that day was HK$ 113 billion (US$ 14.48 billion).

At the time of writing, the Hang Seng Index has since passed the 24,000 mark. The Hong Kong stock market has since experienced a re-rating for investors since the gloom of 2003 when SARS hit Hong Kong and unemployment went to new highs.

A number of factors have contributed to Hong Kong listed shares hitting new highs, and these may be attributed as follows:

1.    Global markets becoming more stable from the sub-prime problems as a result of central banks pumping liquidity into the banking sector.

2.    China’s high economic growth.

3.    China’s reform of its state owned enterprises by allowing the fittest companies to list on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

4.    China allowing private entrepreneurs to list their companies overseas.

5.    As Hong Kong investors are knowledgeable about Chinese companies, this influences the choice of listing here.

6.    Investors believing in the China economic growth story and the emergence of consumer spending power.

7.    Hong Kong is a free market, there is no capital gains tax for individual investors, no restrictions on movement of capital, and is a proxy for investing in China.

Another factor is the recent announcement by the Chinese Government that it will allow Chinese citizens to invest directly in Hong Kong shares. Under this measure, Chinese citizens who have opened an account with the Bank of China in Tianjin will be allowed to invest directly in Hong Kong shares. Chinese citizens will have the freedom to invest in some well known Chinese companies that are currently listed in Hong Kong but not yet listed in China such as China Mobile (the country’s largest mobile phone company), Petrochina (the leading Chinese oil company, in which Warren Buffett has an investment stake), etc. China’s citizens can also purchase shares in Chinese companies (H shares) which are relatively cheaper than the same A shares that are listed in Shanghai. The initial investment funds flow has been estimated to be between US$ 10 to US$ 50 billion as a result of this measure known as the “through train” programme.

If you or your clients are interested in opening share brokerages accounts to invest in HK shares, please speak contact intray(at)zetland.biz for details.

About Zetland Financial Group Limited:

Established in 1987 and headquartered in Hong Kong with offices around the world, the Zetland Financial Group is a business consultancy offering personal service and professional advice with total confidentiality. From its base in Hong Kong, the company is in a position to provide clients with the efficiencies and sophisticated infrastructure of one of the most dynamic international cities that is also an integral part of the rapidly growing economy of China.

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Financial Services Advisor Reveals the Flaw Behind “Buy and Hold” Strategy

Financial Services Advisor Reveals the Flaw Behind “Buy and Hold” Strategy










Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) April 1, 2009

The conventional wisdom on investing has always been “buy and hold” – but recent events have shown the flaw in that advice, according to financial services advisor Dennis Tubbergen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now worth about half what it was in October 2007, and even Warren Buffett lost money following the buy and hold strategy.

Buffett recorded record losses in 2008, his worst financial performance since taking over the investment group Berkshire Hathaway in 1965.

In fact, the Buy and Hold Strategy, or variations thereof, may have cost investors dearly over the past 18 months, according to Tubbergen. Take the example of an index fund. Since portfolio decisions are typically automatic and transactions are infrequent, overall expenses tend to be lower than those of actually managed funds. Investors following this strategy are typically advised to buy an index fund that is designed to correlate with the performance of a market index like the S&P 500 and then hold it long term. Investors following this advice since October 1, 2007 would likely have seen their holdings in that fund significantly decline.

The S&P 500 closed at 1557.59 on October 1, 2007. As of the close of the business day March 17, 2009, this index was at 783.12 which represents an approximate 49.7% decline.

Buy and Hold doesn’t always work.

The riskiness of the “Buy and Hold Strategy” is exactly what has prompted Tubbergen, CEO and veteran financial services professional, to recommend that clients have an “exit strategy” in mind when investing. Exit strategies are employed to lock in a profit or prevent a significant portfolio loss by determining at what point an investment will be sold.

“I recommend to clients that they have an exit strategy when investing. Know under what circumstances you’ll liquidate an investment and make that decision prior to making the investment.”

Buying and holding an investment, particularly a stock or equity based investment can perform well in a bull market, but in a volatile market or a bear market, following such a strategy can result in portfolio losses.

“My view is that making an investment without knowing what your exit strategy will be is like getting on a cruise ship and not knowing where the lifeboats are,” Tubbergen said. “While no exit strategy works 100% of the time, I believe that a disciplined, successful investment strategy begins with utilizing exit strategies.”

Mr. Tubbergen, a Financial Services Professional for over 20 years, is CEO of USA Wealth Management, LLC, a federally registered investment advisor and is known as one of the nation’s leading advisors to financial advisors. A nationally recognized leader in the financial industry, Dennis is a frequent keynote speaker at financial industry events.

Investing in market related securities involves a risk of principal loss. Prior to making any investment decision, the services of an appropriate professional should be sought as investment related recommendations are dependent upon the personal financial situation of each individual investor.

The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. Investors cannot invest directly in indexes. The performance of an unmanaged index is not

necessarily indicative of the performance of any particular investment.

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Berkshire Hathaway Closes Deal with Wesco Financial

Berkshire Hathaway Closes Deal with Wesco Financial
By 10qk. Warren Buffet purchased Wesco Financial, as reported in his latest insider filings. Upon the completion of the merger between Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco Financial, Wesco Financial shareholders will receive either $ 385.00 in cash or 5.0611 shares of Berkshire Hathaway Class B common stock per share held. Read more » »
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Asian Stocks Rise for Third Day as Greece Votes for Austerity
Asian stocks rose, with the regional benchmark index headed for its highest close in a month, as concern about a banking crisis eased after Greece passed austerity measures and German financial institutions pushed toward an agreement to roll over Greek debt holdings.
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Tweedy Browne Funds and Their Top Holdings: PM, COP, JNJ, BAX, BRK.A
By Henry Tan. Tweedy, Browne is an investment management firm established in 1920 by Bill Tweedy. Originally serving as a broker-dealer of illiquid and closely-held securities, Tweedy’s practice entered the limelight when he met legendary investor, Benjamin Graham. Read more » »
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StockPup.com Makes Fundamental Financial Data Available for Free Download

StockPup.com Makes Fundamental Financial Data Available for Free Download










Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2010

StockPup.com, a web site for long-term value investors, today announced that it has made its fundamental financial dataset available for free download. Available in the Microsoft Excel format, the dataset aggregates information from quarterly financial statements covering 15 years of financial history from document and XBRL filings by public companies with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, StockPup.com and Factual, Inc., http://www.factual.com, announced their collaboration to make this data available to developers of financial web applications using Factual’s JavaScript API.

“Most individual investors, who are interested in the long-term value approach popularized by Warren Buffett, have not had convenient access to the financial data necessary to make informed value investing decisions,” says Serge Bert, founder of StockPup.com. “Now they can get such data with ease, and can either download it in Excel, access it as charts on our site, or build their own online charts and views via the Factual API.”

The current dataset covers companies in the S&P 100, and will be expanded to the S&P 500® in the future, adding further balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow data fields. Users can add, audit, and correct data via the Factual web site, and also access it programmatically via the Factual JavaScript API. The data can be used for decision making tools that are popular among value investors, such as calculations of returns on equity and assets, trends in long-term shareholder wealth, or measures of financial leverage.

Useful links:

StockPup web site: http://www.StockPup.com

Financial data on Factual: http://www.factual.com/topics/show?topic=Finance

Factual JavaScript API: http://www.factual.com/devtools/webApps

About StockPup.com

StockPup.com provides tools of fundamental stock analysis to individual investors who follow the long-term investing philosophies of Warren Buffet, Benjamin Graham, and David Dodd. By making it easy to access tools previously available only to professional analysts, StockPup seeks to empower individual investors to make informed investment decisions based on objective financial data.

Press contact:

Serge Bert

(650) 549-4219

sergebert(at)stockpup(dot)com

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Stock Market Investing – 3 Financial Statements Warren Buffett Sees Before Investing

www.stockmarketinvesting101.com Understanding financial statements can be rather complex if you do not have much accounting knowledge. What are annual reports? What are Balance Sheets? What are Cashflow statements? Before investing in any company, you need to have your own analysis of financial statements. Do you understand what the numbers are telling you?
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Financial Crisis Inquiry Commissioner Peter Wallison Questions Warren Buffet.

On June 2, 2010 Warren Buffett testified at a hearing before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Commission member Peter Wallison asked Buffett several good questions and got very good answers. I copied that portion of the C-SPAN video that has those questions and answers. I hope you find it interesting.

Chris Dannenfeldt – The Financial Warrior


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Michael Hudson: Free Money Creation to Bail Out Financial Speculators, but not Social Security or Medicare

Michael Hudson: Free Money Creation to Bail Out Financial Speculators, but not Social Security or Medicare
By Michael Hudson, a research professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Financial crashes were well understood for a hundred years after they became a normal financial phenomenon in the mid-19th century. Much like the buildup of plaque deposits in human veins and arteries, an accumulation of debt gained …
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Munich Re – My Value Idea Contest Submission
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Obama, Assange, Buffett: Lunch for sale
Notables offer a chance to break bread with them – for a price
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