Re: Extropian Investing questions

Ray Peck (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 14:27:08 -0700

Keith Elis ('Hagbard Celine') writes:
>> Let me ask. How easy is it to buy and sell a few shares of Berkshire
>> Hathaway? Given that the share price is in the tens of thousands of
>> dollars, I'd say that it's not so easy to find buyers or sellers. Just
>> as having your money in real estate makes it less liquid (less easy to
>> convert to cash), so does having it in higher-priced stock.
>Is it that high these days? It's always been up there, but that's damn

Yeah, and it's that high because it's never split. Pretty neat.

>Companies make positive projections all the time. However, they are only
>required by law to be honest in their propectus.

No, companies are at all times required not to be fraudulent. If they
know that their announced positive projection is false, they are acting
illegally (whether under the current system, or some possible future
system that consisted only of contract law).

>I don't necessarily
>believe an announcement until I do some homework. That takes some time
>(unless a broker feels like giving me some free info). A stock split is
>evidence that the company is clearly confident about its future
>earnings. I would choose to wait and see if it splits at all, and then
>buy or hold (or even sell) as necessary.

I believe that under SEC rules, a company is required to split once it
has announced (i.e. filed) that it will do so.

So there is no reason to wait.

There are some announcements that fit your description, though. These
include things such as announcements of pending mergers or
acquisitions. Since the company does not know whether the government
will allow them to make a purchase or acquisition, it cannot say
definitively what will happen.

>Interesting discussion,

Indeed. Interesting topic.

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