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I was wondering why there are no banks in the portfolio?

Many banks offer better (and growing) dividend yields than many of the stocks in the portfolio. There's a number of regional banks that didn't take an earnings hit during the housing bubble and continued to increase their dividends. Also, Canadian banks might be worth a look.

Then of course there's Buffett's favorite, Wells Fargo. Berkshire can't seem to get enough of their shares. The dividend is above 3%, and, on a total return basis, and a rising dividend basis, it's expected to handily outpace most of the stocks in the portfolio.

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