Personal finance from around the Web:
- The Warren Buffett Channel: The Baron of Berkshire Hathaway was all over CNBC this morning talking about the economy, healthcare, Obama and earthquakes. Here’s your guide to the juicy bits. [The Big Picture]
- Buffett’s in the spotlight because Berkshire Hathaway released its annual letter to shareholders this weekend. While as interesting and entertaining as always, the essay also contains a weak argument for the company’s train acquisition and a weird discussion of BH’s mobile home subsidiary. [Felix Salmon]
- Something is terribly wrong with a compromise that Senate Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has devised regarding the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency: It would prevent states from enforcing stricter consumer-protection regulations than the Feds do — a big problem if and when, as has happened in the past, the Feds fall asleep at the switch. [Capital Gains and Games]
- Lenders are cutting back on forced evictions, thanks to an inventory glut and pressure to modify loans. “Lucky” defaulters are essentially living rent-free. [Lost Angeles Times]
- This trick won’t tell you whether a given credit card number is attached to an actual account. But it can flag a number that’s definitely fake. [Five Cent Nickel]
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