Warren Buffett

Being cool on when to buy or sell shares beats gut instincts

One of the most famous maxims of the investment guru Warren Buffett is "to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy when others are fearful" – in other words, buy low, sell high and don't follow the crowd. The reason it works for him is that most investors don't follow his words of wisdom.

Duke of Uke: Why is one of London's quaintest ukulele shops facing

I'm not sure if Richard Curtis himself could improve upon the styling of Duke of Uke, the little ukulele shop in Spitalfields. A quaint London street, an old-fashioned store front, a shop piled up with instruments, music stands and a large black and white photograph of George Formby over the counter.

Vince Cable warns of second financial emergency

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, faces a new confrontation with Chancellor George Osborne today after warning that Britain could face the “bomb” of a second financial emergency.

Richest dynasties back in the money after crunch

The top of the list of US billionaires is still dominated by dynastic wealth, according to the latest annual survey by Forbes magazine, while 272 of the 400 richest Americans are self-made.

Dispatches from a planet in peril

David Shukman gave up a job as a war reporter to become the BBC's environment correspondent – and found himself on the front line of the decade's most controversial stories

Johann Hari: If you're looking for class war, just read Cameron's

It is very hard for the British people to make a serious choice in this election without talking about one factor above all others – class. This isn't about David Cameron's background; it's about his policies. It is a provable fact that he will redistribute wealth – substantially – but in a strange direction: from everyone in the big wide middle and bottom of British society, to the very top.

Roger Trapp: 'Even poets have been cited nio inspiring business

Henry Stewart, the founder of the London-based IT training company Happy Computers, had twin inspirations when setting up his business nearly 20 years ago. The first was that his experience at the short-lived newspaper News on Sunday showed him how not to run a business. “It was a great idea, a radical tabloid with a serious news agenda, but it was the most appallingly run organisation,” he has said. “It taught me |the importance of management skills.”

Race for the presidency: The colour of money

As the downturn continues in the US, the race for the White House will be won by the candidate who does the best job of convincing voters that he has the right answers to their economic woes. No wonder both John McCain and Barack Obama are desperate to win the endorsements of the nation's leading business figures

Want to be happy? Give your money away

Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett know a bit about making money – and also about giving it away to charity. Now scientists have proved that such acts of philanthropy can be a short-cut to achieving happiness.