Good Reading

October 2, 2015



Facts and Figures


  • Changes in the real price of homes, car, and college tuition as compared to income:


Source: NY Times, Census Bureau, KBB. Note: some of the author’s numbers appear to be off – slightly in the case of household income, significantly in the cas...

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





  • "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...

November 25, 2014

Facts and Figures


  • A net worth of $3,650 puts you in the wealthiest half of the world's citizens, and $77,000 qualifies you for the top 10 percent. Anything above $800,000 puts you in the top 1 percent of the world. (Source: Credit Suisse)

  • October 24th marked t...

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)



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

August 15, 2014

Facts and Figures


  • 76% of American adults lack confidence that their children's generation will have a better life than they do. (Source: WSJ/NBC poll)

    • For a counterpoint, see "What Today's Economic Gloomsayer's Are Missing" (also below)




  • "B...

April 18, 2014



If anyone is going to Omaha and wants to meet up just let me know. I'll be there from Friday morning to Sunday morning.  




  • Business biographies are some of my favorite books, and here are three I strongly recommend. One is a well known classic while the...

February 16, 2014


"The world has never seen the likes of China’s credit frenzy. From year-end 2008 through the third quarter of 2013, assets on the balance sheets of Chinese banks grew by $15.1 trillion to $24.3 trillion. That growth in assets is greater than today’s $14.6 trillio...

September 24, 2013



"I believe that the root cause of every financial crisis, the root cause, is flawed government policies." Hank Paulson, August 2013


Facts & Figures

  • Fewer than 1/3 of the companies in the Nasdaq 100 in January 2001 remain in the index today. (Source: Goldman S...

January 22, 2013



Facts and Figures

  • Updating a prior figure, the 100-year bond issued by Mexico in 2010 was recently yielding 4.5%, down from 6.1% at issue. (Mexico has defaulted three times in the past century, but this bond has been a winner so far!)



  • "U.S. S...

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