Warren Buffett: Why stocks beat gold and bonds [Fortune]

In an adaptation from his upcoming shareholder letter, the Oracle of Omaha explains why equities almost always beat the alternatives over time.

By Warren Buffett

FORTUNE — Investing is often described as the process of laying out money now in the expectation of receiving more money in the future. At Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) we take a more demanding approach, defining investing as the transfer to others of purchasing power now with the reasoned expectation of receiving more purchasing power — after taxes have been paid on nominal gains — in the future. More succinctly, investing is forgoing consumption now in order to have the ability to consume more at a later date.

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Warren Buffett Is on a Radical Track [Time Cover]

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Buffett Letter to Hank Paulson

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Buffett Letter to Tim Huelskamp (Tax Return)

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Stop Coddling the Super-Rich [NYT]

By WARREN E. BUFFETT

Omaha

OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.

While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.

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Buffett: The lower stocks go, the more I buy

Warren Buffett discusses the lowered outlook for Berkshire Hathaway debt, why some of his businesses aren’t hiring, and why U.S. debt remains triple-A rated in his mind.

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Berkshire Hathaway 2011 AGM Notes

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