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Why Is Warren Buffett Buying Back Berkshire Hathaway Stock?

Earlier this month, famed billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett dropped a bombshell. Breaking with past practice, and changing the financial rules he himself laid down, Berkshire is buying back its own stock -- and he plans to keep buying it back. What lessons does that hold for investors?

The 9 Most Important Financial Stories of 2012

Sometimes the most important news stories get overshadowed by short-term crises and teakettle tempests. With that in mind, we at DailyFinance decided to take a look back at the nine stories of 2012 that are likely to have the biggest impact on your wallet in the year ahead.

Wall Street Watch Wednesday: Microsoft Sweetens the Pot for Investors

Microsoft wants to reward its patient shareholders: The world's largest software company announced Tuesday after the market close that it would be increasing its quarterly dividend by 15%. But as impressive as the dividends are, the market would gladly trade them for one thing.

Many Fortune 500 Firms Pay Less in Income Taxes Than You

It's widely known that millionaires and billionaires pay taxes at a lower rate than those of us who make much less. But did you know that Americans collectively pay far higher income tax rates than many U.S. companies with billions of dollars in profits?

Apple Boots Nokia Out of Top 10 Brands List

On the 2012 Interbrand list of the world's most valuable brands, the top seven are the same as in 2011, with Coca-Cola leading the way. Then we get to No. 8. That spot used to be held by wireless phone giant Nokia, but Apple has knocked it down -- way down.

30 Top Companies Spent More on Lobbying than Taxes

Thirty large American corporations -- all of them profitable -- spent more money on lobbying than they paid in federal taxes from 2008 to 2010, according to a report from the nonpartisan reform group Public Campaign.

Sane Investing Stratagies for This Insane Market

Talk about volatility: Since Oct. 1, there has been only one trading day where the market hasn't swung by at least 1% between its low and high points. This sort of market leads many investors to make big mistakes, but we have some time-tested tactics that will help you avoid the pitfalls.

Where Charlie's Meltdown Is Fuel for Business

While painful (for most folks) to watch, the actor's explosion has created a bonanza for the tabloid mill. But on a broader level, Sheen has also offers a potential shot in the arm for companies across the spectrum, from media to pharmaceuticals.