The Weekend Reads: How Berkshire Hathaway Can Thrive Even Without Warren Buffett


BRK.B from Berkshire Hathaway,
+ 0.69%
the annual meeting will take place via webcast on May 2nd. At some point, 90-year-old Warren Buffett will no longer be there.

Adam J. Mead, author of “The Complete Financial History of Berkshire Hathaway,” looks at the future of the giant conglomerate and how it can reward shareholders over the next several decades.

Lily: Warren Buffett could teach dogecoin, GameStop and other hot trends traders a few things about “Mr. Market’

A futurist has practical advice for everyone

While people think about life after the end of their professional careers, they focus on the financial side. But what about all the details of where you’ll live and what you’ll do with your time?

What about the other big goals in life away from retirement?

Brian David Johnson shares a step-by-step technique you can use – one that makes the future you want both clearer and more achievable.

Also: MarketWatch’s popular “Where Should I Retire” tool now lets you filter for political trends and annual snowfall, and it provides results by county rather than metropolitan area.

Stock updates

As part of a new MarketWatch series on individual stocks, Michael Brush explores key figures and trends from Microsoft MSFT,
+ 2.29%.

Related: Should You Buy Apple Stock? Here are the key figures to look at now

Netflix’s Big Quarter

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NFLX from Netflix Inc.,
+ 1.01%
Subscriber growth slowed in the first quarter compared to the last quarter of last year – but how could it not have seen this year’s pandemic at home? Therese Poletti explains how Netflix turned a big financial corner.

More Netflix and Competitor Streaming Coverage:

What to know about an IPO

Oatly Group has filed a plan for an initial public offering of shares, with the backing of nine investment banks and celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z. Tonya Garcia shares five things you need to know before the oat milk producer puts its share on the market.

Red flags for the burning housing market

When you are in a time of very high demand for anything, it is very difficult to be objective about how quickly the bubble can burst. Jeff Taylor describes the disturbing new signs he sees when reviewing mortgage files.

Learn more about the burning economy:

  • Zombies, robots and great unknowns lurk as US economy recovers from pandemic

  • Prepare for stock market ‘reflation and reopening’ to shift into high gear, says JPMorgan top quant

Bitcoin’s bath


The price of bitcoin BTCUSD,
fell 18% from April 15 to April 22. But the chart above covers a year to add some perspective on the surge in virtual currency – 643% through April 22.

How to win friends and influence politicians

Victor Reklaitis examines how much America’s biggest tech companies spend on lobbying.

Retirement and (avoid) taxes


Chances are, most of your retirement savings are in a 401 (k) or similar tax-deferred retirement account. This money will be taxed as you withdraw it during retirement – and there are big plans in Washington to raise tax rates. Ed Slott describes steps you can take during your working years to minimize taxes later on.

Earth Day reminder on how investors can be rewarded

To mark Earth Day, President Joe Biden pledged that the United States would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. This has obvious implications for investors. Rachel Koning Beals shares seven charts showing how the stock market assigns higher multiples to stocks of companies that emit less greenhouse gases.

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