Thursday, July 26, 2018


"Everything we do comes back to opportunity cost. But it, to some extent — in fact, to some considerable extent — we are guessing at our future opportunity cost. Warren is basically saying that he’s guessing that he’ll have opportunities in due course to put out money at pretty attractive rates of return, and therefore, he’s not going to waste a lot of firepower now at lower returns. But that’s an opportunity cost calculation. And if interest rates were to more or less permanently settle at 1 percent or something like that, and Warren were to reappraise his notions of future opportunity cost, he would change the numbers. It’s like Keynes said, 'What do you do when you change your view of the facts? Well, you change your conduct.' But so far at least, we have hurdles in our mind which are basically — well, they involve, implicitly, future opportunity cost." --Charlie Munger [2003]

Tariffs on Auto Parts Would Be Disastrous, Linamar CEO Says (video) (LINK) [Linamar's stock is also trading below where Meryl Witmer recommended it about 18 months ago.]

National Meeting 2018: Clashing over Commerce with Douglas A. Irwin (video) (LINK)
Related book: Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy
Liquid water 'lake' revealed on Mars [H/T Linc] (LINK)

After Last Year's Hurricanes, Caribbean Lizards Are Better at Holding on for Dear Life - by Ed Yong (LINK)

Book of the day (also added to the Business Biographies section on the Books page): Treated Like Family: How an Entrepreneur and His "Employee Family" Built Sargento, a Billion-Dollar Cheese Company