Warren Buffett’s annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders have a huge following. The letters, written in Buffet’s direct and often humorous style, are closely read by investors, journalists, academics, and others seeking insight into the performance and key trends of markets and of the economy. This year’s letter, published on Saturday, February 24, 2024, as part of Berkshire’s 2023 annual report, is distinguished by its opening tribute to the company’s late Vice Chairman, Charlie Munger, who died in December 2023 at the age of 99. The letter itself covers a number of topics that will be familiar to students of Buffett’s past letters, but it also includes a few interesting (and arguably even surprising) topics as well, as I discuss below. Full disclosure:  I own BRK.B shares, although not as many as I wish I did.Continue Reading Thinking About Warren Buffett’s Latest Letter to Berkshire Shareholders

Corporate directors and managers have broad responsibilities to oversee their company’s operations. Among the most important items for these executives to monitor are the company’s operational and capital cash flows. In following guest post, H. Stephen Grace, Jr., Suzanne H. Gilbert, S. Lawrence Prendergast, and Joseph P. Montelone, the importance of corporate executives’ oversight of cash flows cannot be overstated – it is, the authors suggest, “the most critical indicator of a company’s ability to survive.” Steve Grace is President and Founder of H.S. Grace & Company, Inc.,; Suzanne Gilbert is a veteran corporate executive with over 30 years of experience with the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG); Larry Prendergast is Chairman of the Turrell Fund and serves on the advisory boards of several investment funds, including JPMorgan; and Joe Monteleone is a Partner at the Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP law firm. A version of this article previously was published on ABA’s Business Law Today site (here). I would like to thank the authors for allowing me to publish their article as a guest post on this site. I welcome guest post submissions from responsible authors of interest to this blog’s readers. Please contact me directly if you would like to submit a guest post. Here is the authors’ article. Continue Reading Guest Post: Monitoring Cash Flows: The Board, the CLO, and the CFO