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Buffett wary of real estate, commodities speculation

Monday May 8, 9:58 pm ET
By Jason Zweig, MONEY Magazine senior editor

OMAHA (MONEY Magazine) - At this weekend's annual meeting of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, security is tighter than usual, with several entrances to the parking lot of the Qwest convention center closed.

This may have something to do with Buffett's announcement yesterday of his purchase of an 80% stake in Iscar, an Israeli-based metal cutting tools firm, for $4 billion. In one fell swoop, that makes him one of the biggest foreign investors in Israel. With that news, a little extra security amidst the sea of the roughly 20,000 shareholders and acolytes in attendance can't hurt.

Regardless, Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman Charles Munger threw Saturday's entire morning open to a question and answer session with shareholders just as they do every year. With no major scandal or news event in the foreground, Buffett and Munger struck a more reserved tone than they have at past meetings.

But their views on housing prices and the energy and commodity markets may ruffle some feathers. Buffett played his usual role of the talkative, cheery extrovert, speaking in perfect paragraphs, while Munger took the role of the laconic, crotchety critic whose favorite sentence is "I have nothing further to add."

This article is a week old, but take a look at the end of it, there are some intersting quotes from Buffett and Munger. I'm also posting this because Jason Zweig, IMO, is one of the best financial minds out there (He was the one who wrote the updated commentary in The Intelligent Investor), I would recommend his work to everyone.


David K
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