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Charlie,

Thought I'd post over here.

1. I like to see two smart guys discuss. Part of MY success has always been that I enjoy listening to people smarter than me and trying to see how their mind works;

2. I know as I near retirement that I need to involve myself more in individual bonds. I very much like what you do, but I've had 40 years of trying to find the best individual companies, and it's a bit harder to buy based upon exploiting the best interest rate among many companies with little examination of the underlying company(that's my simplified explanation of the complex work that you do). I thought in your notice of that Berkshire post you began to look a little at both. I frankly think that I would be interested in examining the bond basis for those companies and doing a comparison of risk and reward. As Jim suggested there is reward in bonds.

3. Interestingly my knowledge has caused me to want to move from bond funds to more individual bonds. At the same time my knowledge and experience have moved me almost exclusively to equity index funds, owning no stocks other than Berkshire (and even that is part emotion). No point, just saying.

Thanks for getting involved in the discussion. I learn from both you and Jim.

Hockeypop
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