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Classics: An Investor's Anthology

Charles D. Ellis (Editor), James R. Vertin (Editor)

Buy this book at Amazon.com or try Amazon.co.uk in England, Amazon.ca in Canada, Amazon.de in Germany, Amazon.fr in France, Amazon.it in Italy, Amazon.es in Spain. ASIN=1556230982, Category: Investment, Language: E, cover: HC, pages: 759, year: 1988.

"At the source, peacetime Inflation is a political problem, not an economic problem. Human behavior, not monetary behavior, is the key. And when very human polticians choose between the next election and the next generation, it's clear what usually happens."
-- quote Warren Buffet, in "How inflation swindles the Equity Investor," p495 (an article reprinted from Fortune, Vol. XCV, No. 5, May 1977, 250-267)

Apart of insights by other great investors, Classics contains several articles by Buffet. This chapter alone is worth the price for the whole book - if you can understand it what he's saying. Take this sentence as an example for his writing style:

I'm sure the Flat Earth Society will discuss it's meaning in their next meeting. This is Buffet close to his best! Now, in 2006, he's 30 years older and smarter. How could you believe to be able to catch up with him?

This chapter details the short explanation in the book The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom, why corporations can no longer be profitable if at average tax rate and with historically average earnings (12% on equity), the inflation rate goes above 7%, which by the way is the historical average inflation rate in the U.S..

Buffet explained why inflation is a tax, - in fact it is the most disastrous tax; see also "What Has Government Done to Our Money?" by Murray N. Rothbard