25 February, 2018
Warren Buffett published his annual letter on Saturday, and it came with some of the usual trimmings: sage advice and reflections on the past year's success. He also stepped down from the board of food and drinks giant Kraft Heinz on Friday but was tight-lipped on succession yesterday.
As The Oracle is quick to point out, only $36B of that $65B gain in book value came from operations.
He let investors know why Berkshire, which is now sitting on a record $116 billion in cash, didn't pull the trigger on any mega-deals a year ago.
The problem facing Berkshire, whose last major acquisition was a $32 billion deal to buy Precision Castparts in 2015, is that prices are not cheap and competition from other buyers, such as private equity firms, is stiff, says Pan.
Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway, has a broad financial reach that extends to virtually every part of the economy.
Wells Fargo and Apple were at the top of the list. As a result, Berkshire's full-year 2017 net income could jump to an estimated $52 billion, or more than double earnings in 2016. Berkshire's "A" shares also became the first stock ever to reach a price of $300,000. The compounded annual return over the last 53 years is 19.1%.
Book value, Buffett's favorite measure of value, is the total amount a company would be worth if it liquidated its assets and paid back all its liabilities.
Macron urges truce in Syria's Eastern Ghouta after bombardment escalation
UNICEF said it issued this blank statement because "we no longer have the words to describe children's suffering and our outrage". However, a rebel group formerly affiliated with al Qaeda is not included in the truce and has a small presence there.
Treasury yields have been rising since the start of the year, stemming from brewing inflationary pressures and massive bond supply to help fund US President Donald Trump's tax overhaul.
Elsewhere in his letter, Buffett said a lack of "sensible" purchase prices had prevented Berkshire Hathaway from making acquisitions in 2017.
Despite our recent drought of acquisitions, Charlie and I believe that from time to time Berkshire will have opportunities to make very large purchases. When the wager concluded on December 31, the index fund had won easily.
Kraft Heinz Co said on Friday billionaire investor Warren Buffett has chose to retire from the company's board following the end of his term in April to reduce travel commitments.
Buffett urged investors to stick with stocks even though they can be riskier in the short-term.
Buffett says a 10-year bet he made with a group of hedge funds shows why investors should be wary of fees and focus on investing regularly for the long term.