Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is out with its annual letter to shareholders. "Over the years, I’ve often been asked for investment advice, and in the process of answering I’ve learned a good deal about human behavior," Buffett said in the letter.
The Great Restructuring in retail continues. In the wake of a disappointing holiday season, J.C. Penney (JCP) said Friday it will close 130 to 140 stores by the second quarter. The store closures represent 13% to 14% of the company's current store base and less than 5% of annual sales. They have a negligible impact on net income. J.C. Penney said same-store sales at the locations were "significantly below" the remaining store base and operate at a much higher expense rate due to poor productivity. The company expects $200 million in annual costs savings from the efforts. "We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of
“Bob’s a slow learner,” my instructor says after I tell him why I’m taking his class. The class, FP103 — Investments — is one of seven I must complete before I sit for the Certified Financial Planner exam. And the reason I told my instructor and fellow students — the reason I’m sitting in room 323B in Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences building on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this semester instead of watching the Bruins or reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln or painting my daughter’s bedroom -- is that I plan to finish what I started in 1990. Yes, I plan to get my CFP. In my investment class, I’m one of 16 students, including a 20-something CPA, a 30-something business