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Dear madmarv,

I guess the larger question I'm trying to get at is how do you separate the operating cash flows from non-operating cash flows in a financial company?

With great difficulty in some cases :S

I guess my first stab would be to say that you need to go "division-by-division" in a company to figure this out. Berkshire Hathaway's value is tangibly affected by a decline in the price of Coke shares; yet the value of its flight services business isn't.

I would guess that one could probably call anything which isn't the sale of a division of a company "operating cash".

Lleweilun Smith
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