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31 March 2014

Top Five Articles from March: Warren Buffett’s 90-10 Rule, the Sherlock Holmes of Accounting

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1. Warren Buffett’s 90-10 Rule of Thumb for Retirement Investing

In the annual shareholder letter for Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett included some investing advice for his wife and her trustee — and the average person who is not an expert on stocks.

2. Eight Books that Changed the Way I Think About the World

From the origins of modern Wall Street to the political economy of 14th century France, here’s an off-the-cuff list of the books that have Charlie Henneman’s perspective and contributed to his understanding of the world.

3. The Sherlock Holmes of Accounting: Howard Schilit Explains the Mystery of His Art

Because of his track record in detecting the manipulation of financial results, Howard Schilit, CFA, has been called the Sherlock Holmes of accounting. Whereas most forensic accountants come in after the fact for the investigation and litigation, Schilit is the rare exception who comes in to detect accounting manipulation before it is widely discovered.

4. Why China Will Not Dominate the 21st Century

China breeds superlatives. It is the world’s most populous country; its Communist party is the planet’s biggest political movement; it contains half of the world’s pigs; and its citizens smoke 38 percent of the world’s cigarettes. But it is also very easy to be swept away by the apparent inevitability of China’s dominance. Author and historian Jonathan Fenby argues that despite China’s huge strengths, its manifold weaknesses will ensure it does not dominate the 21st century.

5. The US Public Pension Funding Crisis (Online Forum)

In the United States, state and local governments’ defined benefit pension plans are underfunded by more than $4 trillion, threatening the financial security of approximately 8 million retirees and 14 million workers, and taking a fiscal toll on states and municipalities.

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About the Author(s)
Jennifer Curry

Jennifer Curry formerly served as managing editor of the Enterprising Investor. Previously, she was the social media manager at the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Prior to her work at NYSSA, Curry worked as the senior project editor for a nonfiction imprint at Barnes & Noble Publishing and as an assistant editor at the H.W. Wilson Company. She is the editor of several volumes in the Reference Shelf series, and her writing has appeared in Smithsonian, IndustryWeek, Barnes & Noble Review, and other publications. Curry holds a BS in journalism and a BA in anthropology from the University of Kansas, and an MA in anthropology from Hunter College, City University of New York.

5 thoughts on “Top Five Articles from March: Warren Buffett’s 90-10 Rule, the Sherlock Holmes of Accounting”

  1. Hannah Ash says:

    Interesting to read.Very helpful!

  2. Hannah Ash says:

    awesome post!

  3. Ana says:

    I would definitely go after point 2, just checked and already wish to read all those books suggested. And post about China is also interesting, there are a lot of publications claiming differently

  4. Susan Blake Cole says:

    This was sent to my email. I could only pray for half that amount. Sadly, I think it’s a scam. Mr. buffett

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