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'Civilized People Don't Buy Gold': Berkshire's Munger
cnbc ^ | Friday, 4 May 2012 | 4:28 PM ET

Posted on 05/05/2012 9:07:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Warren Buffett's right-hand man doesn't like gold as his boss does, Charles Munger told CNBC Friday on the eve of Berkshire Hathway's annual meeting.

"Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939," the Berkshire vice chairman said, "but I think civilized people don’t buy gold, they invest in productive businesses."

Munger, 88, said he loves Berkshire Hathaway's [BRK.A Loading... () ] portfolio of such businesses, which includes, among many others, the Burlington Northern railroad, specialty chemicals firm Lubrizol and Geico insurance.

"We just have a wonderful portfolio in business, if you average them out," Munger said. "By and large they're doing productive, useful work. It’s not outsmarting the computer systems in the trading markets."

For the most part, he agrees with Buffett's "simple" investment strategy, which he said is "pretty agnostic." "We’ve always been opportunistic" in investing, he said.

Munger said that unlike Buffett, who announced he is fighting early-stage prostate cancer, he doesn't even bother to get his PSA levels checked.

But he understands the concerns about succession at Berkshire. While Buffett's successor has not been publicly named, Munger said he has "never been more comfortable about succession or duration of [Berkshire's] culture than ... right now. Our new investment people show enormous promise."


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1 posted on 05/05/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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“Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939,”

One ugly aspect of the Obama era: The anti-Semites seem to be open and emboldened.

2 posted on 05/05/2012 9:08:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin; Sidebar Moderator

I’m speechless. This is Front Page News. If any Libtard ever says, “Well, Buffett likes Bobo.”, this is what I’m going to hit them with. He thinks your a chump for buying those Krugs you got stored in your gun safe, and he’s an anti-Semite to boot.


3 posted on 05/05/2012 9:11:22 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: StAnDeliver

If someone from Fidelity or Vanguard said this...they’d be fired within three days. The company would waste one of those days just verifying what was said and talking to witnesses to make sure it wasn’t something else the guy said.


4 posted on 05/05/2012 9:14:37 AM PDT by pepsionice
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I realize this was his VC’s statement, but the tree don’t grow too far from the apple...


5 posted on 05/05/2012 9:14:54 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: BenLurkin

“Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939,”

Yeah, cuz that could never happen again>s<


6 posted on 05/05/2012 9:15:54 AM PDT by tiki
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To: BenLurkin

I am speechless to think a highly paid and supposedly educated man could actually say that.

I guess he didn’t include blacks sewing gold into the clothing as they were being carted off by other blacks since he knew they wouldn’t have gold.

that last sentence is sarcasm to show how equally disgusting Buffett’s guy was


7 posted on 05/05/2012 9:16:04 AM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: BenLurkin

Indeed, this is yet the most hateful statement to date, right out of the Nazi animal play book, making fun of jews sewing and saving while they go about ransacking Europe like some animals at hunger games.

We are run by dangerous retards.

And, by the way, while Gold might not be the best, picking berries at the automatic Fed Reserve fund is the worst and laziest animal instinct ever. But that is what the culture at the Feds has become: being fed automaticaly interest rate berries, with the bigotry of it all.

Communists, NAzies, corrupt politicians and loser workers unite your scum and come out the closet.


8 posted on 05/05/2012 9:19:39 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: BenLurkin

In other words buy gold.


9 posted on 05/05/2012 9:20:31 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: BenLurkin

“Civilized people” don’t “overwhelm the system,” either.


10 posted on 05/05/2012 9:21:09 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: BenLurkin

Typical thieving evil Democrat party crony capitalist anti-Semitic piece of human feces.


11 posted on 05/05/2012 9:22:49 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: BenLurkin

I”m not sure that actually counts as an anti-Semitic remark. It’s pointing to the role of gold as a convenient asset in a SHTF scenario by pointing to one from the past. The same would apply to Russian noblemen in 1918.

Ignoring physical assets’ role as a hedge seems a bit odd for a hedge fund manager, though, now doesn’t it?


12 posted on 05/05/2012 9:24:00 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: BenLurkin

13 posted on 05/05/2012 9:26:49 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: BenLurkin; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

IDIOT of the day. These are why (ANY) People buy GOLD...
1. Your bank account has been confiscated by the government.
2. Your bonds in General Motors have been “cancelled”
3. All your customers have been laid off as the factory went out of business last Wednesday.
4. You have enough fuel to get the hell out of the state, but the gas stations have been ordered closed.
5. You suddenly realize you cannot take your house with you for shelter who knows where.
6. Your hard earned LAND is forfeit.
7. Your stock certificates are not worth the price of the rubber band holding them.
8. OCCUPY the WORLD burnt down the business block where your emporiam was located. The insurance company folded last Monday. Sorry about that.
9. You thankfully realize that the ONE and ONLY thing you can use to salvage your continued existence is the GOLD and few DIAMONDS you have stashed. Best of luck.


14 posted on 05/05/2012 9:31:40 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: The_Reader_David

Buffet and Soros have both called gold a bubble, within the past few months. Not to argue the technicalities of what is or is not a bubble, isn’t it interesting that two market movers with open support for the administration and assorted statists have both said gold is due for a correction?

I personally expect PMs to decline in price before they gain. FWIW, I also believe we will see a deflationary environment before we resume accelerated inflation. I am agnostic on USD hyperinflation as long as the banks are sterilizing their cash infusions. When lending terms loosen and domestic interest rates rise, I will begin to worry and act accordingly.

This is a manipulated market in almost all sectors, IMO. Sometimes it may be more prudent to pay attention to the statements of the manipulators &/or the beneficiaries of that manipulation than to technical or even fundamental signals.


15 posted on 05/05/2012 9:34:13 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: tiki
“Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939,”
Yeah, cuz that could never happen again>s<

If Hussein is allowed to continue usurping the office, American Christians will need to review what the Jews had to do in NAZI Germany

16 posted on 05/05/2012 9:35:09 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Sworn to Defend The Constitution Against ALL Enemies, Foreign and Domestic. So Help Me GOD!)
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To: BenLurkin

Where are you, “you can’t eat gold” guys or do you only come out after a drop in the price of gold?


17 posted on 05/05/2012 9:36:45 AM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: BenLurkin

Absolutely. If you watch television, you’ll also notice that “G-d D—n” is not bleeped out anymore, either. The Libs seem to think hate speech is Avante-garde, I prefer to describe it as “sick-making”.


18 posted on 05/05/2012 9:38:33 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: preacher

‘Domesticated Sheep Don’t Buy Gold’


19 posted on 05/05/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1201 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: BenLurkin

Seems not to grasp the concept of the degradation of civilization.

3 months after the last food shipment to your local grocer, things will be pretty uncivilized.


20 posted on 05/05/2012 9:47:47 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: BenLurkin

I was working in a country where, in response to the collapse of the currency, they closed the banks for about a month as I remember, and the contents of your accounts were frozen for a year or so. Until people got paid again, and the banks reopened, they had to essentially survive on the contents of their pantries and whatever cash they had on hand. If you had dollars and access to an overseas account you didn’t suffer at all, of course, except for the fact that there were no ATMs for a couple of weeks.

Neighbors helped neighbors, and while it was tough, people basically endured and got through.

So its not crazy to know that, if the dollar collapses, you may have to live out of your pantry for a month, because I’ve seen it happen. Its not crazy to keep some cash in the house, enough for maybe a month, and its not crazy to have a little cash in some form other than the dollar, like silver, or Swiss Francs, or Yen, or whatever.

I wouldn’t keep your whole life savings in krugerrands, but its not dumb to have a stash in dollars and another not in dollars, enough to ride through the collapse and reorganization of the banks. A month is not unreasonable once you’ve seen it happen someplace, you know it can happen anyplace.


21 posted on 05/05/2012 9:54:08 AM PDT by marron
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To: BenLurkin

For the first time in 20 years, according to the IMF, central bankers showed themselves as net buyers of gold. Central banks bought more than 400 tons of gold.


22 posted on 05/05/2012 9:56:37 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: BenLurkin
... "but I think civilized people don’t buy gold, they invest in productive businesses."

Perhaps, sir, they read the tea leaves and INTELLIGENT people buy worth! In Ronald Reagan's entire term, I bought no gold because I had confidence in our economic system. Now I am buying gold on the dips AS WELL as investing in good companies that do not PANDER to politicians. BRK does not impress me with recent performances.

23 posted on 05/05/2012 10:45:50 AM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: marron

Agree with post 21. Emergencies happen and a family should have a plan before it strikes them. Our government is printing paper money faster than Scott makes toilet paper. Riots as bad as in Greece could happen here.

Gold and some other items as trade goods could get your family through a very bad time. Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get below half full, have some foods that last in your pantry, have safe water on hand and something to protect your family from looters, if necessary. Gold, silver, ammo, booze and guns never seem to have a shelf life expiration date, good to store in one’s home.


24 posted on 05/05/2012 10:51:55 AM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: BenLurkin
'Civilized People Don't Buy Gold'

It's a good thing I'm not civilized.

25 posted on 05/05/2012 12:30:28 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: BenLurkin

FALSE DICHOTOMY ALERT

You don’t have to invest all one-way or another. You can have productive investments, but also keep gold as a reasonable hedge against inflation.


26 posted on 05/05/2012 1:31:22 PM PDT by docbnj
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To: SES1066

where do you buy your gold?


27 posted on 05/05/2012 7:02:15 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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