Spend an afternoon at any area theater, and you’ll see heroes with superpowers wreaking havoc wherever they go. Superman is faster than a speeding bullet (and leaps tall buildings in a single bound). Superheroes band together to save the world and debate whether they can ignore civilian authorities while they do it. Sometimes they even get married — just witness the Incredibles, an entire family of “Supers” dedicated to battling evil on a daily basis.
Every so often, mere mortals reveal they have superpowers, too. Take Warren Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha.” The longtime chairman of Berkshire Hathaway has grown his company’s book value by 19.7% per year for the last 49 years, making him the third-richest man in the world. Most observers would say Buffett’s superpower is his talent for spotting undervalued companies to buy. But is stock picking really the ace up his sleeve? Or could his true superpower be tax planning?Continue reading →