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Berkshire Hathaway takes the early lead

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WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Let's find out who has taken an early lead in the Globe Investor My One and Only Stock Picking Contest.

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Every year The Globe runs a stock-picking contest, asking selected experts and individuals for the best pick of the year. The stock must trade in Canada or the U.S., and have a minimum market capitalization of $100-million for Canadian stocks or exchange-traded funds, or $1 billion (U.S.) for U.S. stocks, ADRs or ETFs. U.S. investments are converted into Canadian dollars. The prize is a coveted Globe coffee mug and bragging rights.

WHO'S IN THE LEAD?

Ram Balakrishnan, who writes the well-regarded Canadiancapitalist.com blog, has taken an early lead riding Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Helped by a 50-1 stock split of the B shares, Warren Buffett's holding company has taken off this month while the rest of the market has slid.

The stock, which once traded at more than $3,000 per share, is now affordable for more investors, getting more attention in the press and trading volumes have taken off as a result. In a nervous market, investors are betting Mr. Buffett's Berkshire is one of the safer places to be. "If you don't invest in Berkshire, you will effectively be shorting the company, making a bet against Buffett," Larry Coates of Oak Value Fund told TheStreet.com recently.

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Executive Editor, Report on Business

Scott Adams is the executive editor for Report On Business and Globe Investor. He was previously the managing editor of Globe Investor. He has been a business journalist for more than 10 years, worked as an associate analyst on Bay Street and has been with The Globe and Mail since 2007. More

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