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August 17, 2018

Repurchase program

Share repurchases: What is smart at one price is stupid at another

Discussions about share repurchases often become heated in the investment world. But, in the words of Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett,  assessing the desirability of repurchases isn’t that complicated. “From the standpoint of exiting shareholders, repurchases are always a plus. Though the day-to-day impact of these purchases is usually minuscule, it’s always better for a

Berkshire Hathaway repurchase program

In a September 26, 2011, news release, Berkshire Hathaway announced, to the surprise of many, a program to repurchase Class A and Class B shares of Berkshire. Here is an insight into Warren Buffett’s thinking about share repurchase. In his annual letter (March 1, 2000) to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders for Year 1999, he said, among

Warren Buffett on retained earnings and repurchase program

Berkshire Hathaway’s belief in retaining earnings as a way to strengthen its business can be seen in this excerpt from Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders (February 26, 2011) for Year 2010: “Furthermore, not a dime of cash has left Berkshire for dividends or share repurchases during the past 40 years. Instead, we have retained all

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