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Berkshire Hathaway
25-02-2018, 01:39 PM,
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7 Key Takeaways From Warren Buffett’s Letter to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders
The Oracle of Omaha just released his much-anticipated letter. Here’s what he talked about.

Matthew Frankel (TMFMathGuy)
Feb 24, 2018 at 9:39AM

Warren Buffett just released the latest edition of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) shareholders. Investors all over the world follow Warren Buffett's letters closely, as they aren't just filled with details about Berkshire's operations, but often have some useful investing lessons and wisdom drawn from Buffett's experience.

This year's letter was shorter than usual at just 16 pages, but wasn't short on information. Buffett simply chose not to include a lengthy discussion of Berkshire's non-insurance businesses, a practice that he feels is becoming repetitive. Here are seven key takeaways from the letter that Berkshire shareholders and Buffett followers need to know.

1. Berkshire's book value grew by 23%, but there's more to the story
2. Future "earnings" numbers may be deceiving
3. A growing cash "problem", and no good solutions (yet)
4. Why Buffett loves the insurance business
5. Berkshire's stock price has crashed before, and will probably do so again
6. Ted and Todd now manage $25 billion of Berkshire's investments
7. No big surprises

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04-05-2018, 01:45 PM,
Post: #92
RE: Berkshire Hathaway
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought stunning 75 million Apple shares in first quarter

Becky Quick
May 4, 2018

Wall Street may have had doubts about Apple before the company reported its most recent quarterly earnings, but one of the tech company's biggest shareholders — Warren Buffett — didn't.

In the first quarter, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought an astounding 75 million shares of Apple. That adds to the 165.3 million shares Berkshire already owned at the end of 2017.

"It is an unbelievable company," Buffett says. "If you look at Apple, I think it earns almost twice as much as the second most profitable company in the United States."

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16-05-2018, 02:34 PM,
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Berkshire doubles Teva stake, adds to Apple, ends a newspaper bet

Jonathan Stempel
May 16, 2018

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) on Tuesday said it has more than doubled its investment in generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA.TA), and confirmed it has become Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) second-largest shareholder.

Berkshire also shed an investment dating to the mid-1970s that reflected Buffett’s longstanding love for newspapers, selling its stake in Graham Holdings Co (GHC.N), the former publisher of the Washington Post.

The changes were disclosed in a regulatory filing detailing Berkshire’s U.S.-listed stock holdings as of March 31.

Berkshire owned about $173 billion of equities, as well as dozens of businesses in the railroad, insurance, energy, chemical, food and retail and other sectors.

Berkshire said it owned about 40.5 million Teva American depositary receipts (ADRs) worth about $693 million as of that date, up from 18.9 million ADRs three months earlier.

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2 minutes ago,
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RE: Berkshire Hathaway
one of my fav parts of this year's annual berkshire meeting is this:
"“The four largest companies by market value don’t need any net tangible assets. They’re not like
AT&T, GM or ExxonMobil requiring lots of capital to produce earnings. American industry is much
more profitable in aggregate over the last twenty years. Earnings on tangible net worth growth is due
to fact that we have become an asset-light economy. We will earn even more with lower taxes.
Carnegie built a steel mill and paid it off and then built another and so on. All enormously were
capital intensive, and now money is in asset light and negative asset business. IBM has a minus
tangible net worth – this is not the world we lived in thirty years ago, and I didn’t see it coming."


many of the most valuable companies today have very little tangible assets (e.g. air bnb, uber, FANGS etc.). has the world changed or simply getting ahead of itself?

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