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June 21, 2018

Marketable securities

Marketable securities: operating results count

In his letter (dated February 29, 1988 for FY1987) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett talked about Mr Market, the character used by his teacher and friend Benjamin Graham to personify the behavior of the market. Mr Market has uncontrollable emotional problems. Then Warren Buffett went on to say: “Following Ben’s teachings, Charlie and I let

Why Warren Buffett wants IBM shares to languish…

Berkshire Hathaway’s common stock investments include IBM or International Business Machines Corp. Based on Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders dated February 25, 2012, for FY2011, Berkshire Hathaway has a stake of 5.5% in IBM. Given this 5.5% IBM stake, why did Warren Buffett said this in his annual letter: “We should wish for IBM’s

Warren Buffett invests in IBM

In 2011, in what appeared to be another sign of Warren Buffett triggering his elephant gun, reports said the Berkshire Hathaway chairman had invested over US$10 billion in IBM. A Reuters report (Nov 24, 2011) headlined “Buffett sheds tech aversion with big IBM investment” said: “Warren Buffett has always made his distaste for technology investments

Berkshire Hathaway’s Big Four marketable securities

Warren Buffett’s views on Berkshire Hathaway’s Big Four marketable securities can be seen in his annual letter (dated February 25, 2012 for FY2011) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders: “…we now have large ownership interests in four exceptional companies: 13.0% of American Express, 8.8% of Coca-Cola, 5.5% of IBM and 7.6% of Wells Fargo. (We also, of

How Warren Buffett picks marketable securities

Warren Buffett said in his letter to shareholders in the 1977 annual report that Berkshire Hathaway selected marketable equity securities in much the same way it would evaluate a business for acquisition in its entirety. Warren Buffett said then: “We want the business to be (1) one that we can understand, (2) with favorable long-term

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