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What’s Warren Buffett Buying Next?

February 26, 2019

2 min read

Warren Buffett, who controls the business conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, is a lot like any investor–his portfolio sometimes takes a hit when the stock market goes down.

His solution? Hold steady and keep looking for deals.

“Our advice?… [Pay] little attention to gains or losses of any variety,” Buffett writes in his most recent annual shareholder letter, which he published on February 23, 2019.

Buffett is considered one of the most experienced investors around, having amassed a net worth of nearly $87 billion. His annual letter is a much-anticipated event, which investors pay attention to for indications about market trends and for guidance regarding what to do with their money.

Here are some highlights from the letter and annual report.

Berkshire Hathaway’s annual report: The highlights

Good to know: When a company repurchases its own shares, it reduces the number of shares that are available for investors to buy in the market. A stock repurchase, or buyback, tends to drive up the price of a company’s stock, because there are fewer shares.

Berkshire hasn’t made a big acquisition of another company since 2015, when it purchased an aerospace parts maker called Precision Castparts Corp. for $32 billion.

More About Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha

Buffett is known as the Oracle of Omaha because Berkshire Hathaway is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and because he has made smart stock picks over a nearly 60-year career. He built Berkshire Hathaway from a small cloth mill and manufacturer in New England, to a multi-billion dollar enterprise whose market value has increased 2.4 million percent since the 1960s, according to the company’s most recent annual letter.

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By Jeremy Quittner
Jeremy Quittner is the senior writer for Stash.

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