Good Reading

May 22, 2015

Sorry for all the Buffett material, some of which may be old hat by now -- but the 50th anniversary is a special occasion. Hope everyone is doing well. 

 

-- Phil

 

 

Books

 

  • "Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower" -- Hank Paulson's new book i...

January 31, 2015

Facts and Figures

 

 

  • >99% of Warren Buffett's net worth was earned after he turned 50. (Source: TBNG Capital via Times of India. Note: I'm not sure about the numbers used in that article, but the point and the 99% figure are valid given his current wealth of >$60 bil...

October 17, 2014

Facts and Figures

  • Just 10 years ago the New York Stock Exchange handled approximately 80% of all stock trades. Today it handles approximately 20%. (Source: WSJ)

 

Links

  • Words of Wisdom and Advice, with Arnold van den Berg of Century Management -- Great stuff in...

June 28, 2014

Facts and Figures

 

  • China has used more cement in the last three years than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century. (Source:Vaclav Smil via Bill Gates; the book from which this figure is taken also looks very interesting.)

  • There are more 23 year-olds in Americ...

December 6, 2013

As in recent years, this last edition of the year will feature some "bonus" materials. I hope you find something useful, and here's wishing you a great end to 2013 and an even better 2014. - Phil

 

Miscellaneous

  • Reading List -- My updated list of the best books and ar...

July 18, 2013

I hope everyone is having a good summer. Always feel free to send me an email with suggestions or feedback on this reading. Hope you enjoy it. -- Phil

 

Facts and Figures

  • As of early July, NYSE margin debt is up 65% in 2013 to a record $384 billion, topping the prior...

April 5, 2013

 

As usual, if anyone is going to Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting and wants to get together just drop me an email. 

 

 

Facts and Figures

 

  • Real, per capita disposable income in the U.S. has declined at 0.4% per year over the past five years (Source: Comm...

August 3, 2012

Facts and Figures

  • The 100 largest U.S. corporate pensions have an aggregate funding deficit of $486bn, an increase of $186bn in the quarter ended June 30, 2012. And discount rates are still too high... (Source: Milliman Inc.). 

    • Ford's pension plan has 80% of...

April 20, 2012


Quoted

"Philosophically, the edifice of world regulation was built on two building blocks. One is the idea of the rational man and the other is that there is a reasonable level of conduct in the sales channel. Both of those building blocks broke down to some extent."...

February 17, 2012

Facts and Figures

  • In 1900, American farmers needed an average of three hours of labor to produce 1 kg of wheat. In 2000, they needed 1-2 seconds. 

    • In 1900, about 40% of the American labor force was employed in agriculture. In 2000, the share had fallen to le...

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This is a collection of books, articles and other "good reading" I've found. Most of it relates to investing but there is plenty of general interest stuff too. For broken or missing links and attachments please email me. 

 

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