Christopher Dodd: Legislation

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“We can’t legislate wisdom or passion. We can’t legislate competency. All we can do is create the structures and hope that good people will be appointed who will attract other good people.”

Senator Christopher Dodd, trying to justify the expanded discretionary power given to regulators to constrain excesses in the financial services industry.

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Warren Buffett: Unwisely retained

Bonds and Dividends

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“Since the long-term corporate outlook changes only infrequently, dividend patterns should change no more often. But over time distributable earnings that have been withheld by managers should earn their keep. If earnings have been unwisely retained, it is likely that managers, too, have been unwisely retained.” – Warren Buffett

Unknown: Tax on the poor

Inflation is a tax on the poor.

Warren Buffett: Large doses of effortless money

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“The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money.” Warren Buffett

Jim Collins: Great nation

In Search of Light

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If we only have great companies, we will merely have a prosperous society, not a great one. Economic growth and power are the means, not the definition, of a great nation.

– Jim Collins

 

Jeremy Grantham: Volatility

Volatility is a symptom that people have no idea of the underlying value – that they have stopped playing the asset game. They’re not buying because it’s a company with certain attributes. They’re buying because the price is rising.” Jeremy Grantham.