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Top stories for today are included below. We've got some great stories today, including a great way to look at the macro environment, a promotion backfiring on JCP, and of course some classic Warren Buffett on value investing.
Hottest Links: Stories
CIO Of Buffett's GenRe Issues Direst Warning Yet
The Chief Investment Officer of General Re-New England Asset Management - a company wholly-owned by Warren Buffett's
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B), has issued one of the direst proclamations about the future to date and blasts the Fed's role in creating the biggest mess in financial history, is truly upside down. [Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge]
Charlie Gasparino Has An Idea
As the world’s foremost business and economics reporter, everyone expects Gasparino to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. [Bess Levin, DealBreaker]
The Last Word On Asness' Alpha, Buffet's Beta
I was informed that the theses that took me three five posts to present was wrapped up by Matt Levine in one little package two days prior to my attempts. And he does it better, backwards and in heels. Plus, to get the alliteration in the headline I had to mix up the alpha and the beta. [Climateer Investing]
10 Simple Rules that Brought Me Financial Nirvana
Now, while I am too young to dispel any life-changing advice on “how to be a financial rockstar” or “how to remove all financial worries from you life”, I am happy to share below 10 rules that have changed my life for the better over the past few years, and how these can also benefit anyone who practices them with discipline and integrity. [Vishal Khandelwal, Safal Niveshak]
You can’t deal with ignorance if you can’t recognize its presence. If you’re suffering from primary ignorance it means you probably failed to consider the possibility of being ignorant or you found ways not to see that you were ignorant. [Shane Parrish, Fanam Street]
The 2013 Wall of Worry
We saw this bias in the media over the antics in Washington, D.C., fixating on the threat of a default on U.S. Treasury debt during the debt ceiling discussions, or a return to recession due to the impact of the sequester spending cuts. [Cullen Roche, Pragmatic Capitalism]
Build Your Own BS Index — and Don’t Be Fooled By Math
Dickson did it by grouping all S&P 500 stocks by letter of the alphabet, equal-weighting the groups. Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) (AAPL) go with the A’s, Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) and Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) go with the B’s, etc. The equal weighting shaves the large stocks’ disproportionate influence.
Analyst Estimates And Downgrades: A Look At Nuance
While Thill downgraded his rating of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) due to the his long-term outlook of the country, Standpoint’s Ronnie Moas looked at the short term indicators, concluding that “the stock is a nice price for good company.” [TipRanks, ValueWalk]
Special Report: Is Corporate India Healthy?
As we continue our special coverage of India, it becomes important to ask the obvious. How are Indian companies doing? For that, we turn to the chief investment officer of SBI Mutual funds, Navneet Munot, CFA. [William Ortel, CFA Institute, ValueWalk]
NQ Mobile’s Bylaw Proposal Reminds Some Of Chesapeake, Green Mountain
When insiders of any company pledge their shares for a personal loan, eyebrows are raised, and now NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE:NQ) is changing its bylaws make it easier for what some see as a questionable practice. [Michelle Jones, ValueWalk]
Cautionary Signals for Investors
The mission of a good investment analyst is to think about the impossible thoughts — or at least the ones that seem improbable to most. The job of a prudent portfolio manager is to anticipate problems in the face of increasing momentum. [A. Michael Lipper, CFA Institute, ValueWalk]
Japan economic package to total $182 billion
The package, to be approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government on Thursday, will be worth 18.6 trillion yen ($181.6 billion), the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity. [William Mallard, Reuters]
US Corporate Plans Hit Five-Year High in Funded Ratio
A typical US corporate pension plans’ funded ratio improved to 93% as of end of November, a record high since October 2008 and up 19% year-to-date, according to Mercer. [Sage Um, aiCIO]
Kyle Bass On Potential War Between Japan And China
Kyle Bass lived in relative obscurity until 2007, when he burst on the global hedge fund scene with a huge bet on subprime mortgages. Some might argue that outsized bets befit his Texan origins. But everything Bass does seems larger than life and goes against the conventional tide. [ValueWalk]
CIOs Earn $2.43 Million on Average… At Hedge Funds
As with CIOs, the typical CEO’s compensation dropped compared with last year, although it