Friday’s close of Berkshire Hathaway shares at record highs has seen Warren Buffet become the world’s second richest person
The shares have soared 27% this year as the dozens of operating businesses the 84-year-old chairman bought over the past five decades churned out record profit.
Buffett biographer Andrew Kilpatrick said in an e-mail yesterday
The all-time closing high stock price today is due to a widening appreciation of what Berkshire really is, a fortress.
With about $60 billion in cash at the company he could make a whopper of an acquisition at any moment.
Berkshire’s shares have traded strongly since August after a rally that followed the release of the company’s annual report, in which Buffett wrote that the company’s actual worth has been rising faster than suggested by metrics such as book value. Since that milestone, the shares have climbed another 13% elevating Buffett’s fortune to $73.7 billion, $300 million more than Mexico’s Carlos Slim>> Read More
I really liked this piece by Matt DiLallo on why gold is so hated by Warren Buffett. He provides the juicy details, but I’ll give you the quick and dirty rundown:
Gold is an unproductive asset.
Gold is valuable largely because people believe it’s valuable.
It’s not that Buffett is an ideologue or just on some anti gold rampage. I think there are some logical and great lessons to be learned here:
We build wealth by increasing our own production. That is, we become more valuable to others within society when we do things that they find valuable. This is why society rewards great innovators and people who tend to work hard.
Betting on commodities like gold is often a bearish bet against human productivity and innovation. When you buy a block of gold you are essentially buying an insurance asset whose value will increase if the value of dollars collapses or falls. In other words, you are betting directly against the ability of US workers to produce and maintain the value of the dollar.
Betting on gold is largely a bet on faith. That is, you are betting on the idea that someone else will believe gold is more valuable in the future. Although gold is valuable to some degree as a commodity there is also a substantial portion of the population who wants to own gold because it is viewed as money or protection against paper money. I’ve referred to this in the past as a “faith put”, a premium in the price that inflates its value due to sheer faith.
Founded by Mr Buffett in the 1960s, Berkshire has amassed more than 70 businesses since as the well-known investor uses the cash generated by his insurance businesses to buy other companies as well as invest in equities.
Despite the company’s acquisitive nature, Standard & Poor’s lifted its outlook on Berkshire earlier this summer to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’ as it affirmed the company’s ‘AA’ rating.
The company’s A shares, which carry the vast majority of Berkshire’s voting rights, have advanced 12 per cent this year, outpacing the broader S&P 500.
Berkshire’s B shares, which were launched in 1996, also reached a record high on Thursday, rising 0.7 per cent to $133.98.
Last week I stumbled across this excellent video about Graham which includes old clips from his investment classes as well as some of his former students (including Warren Buffett, Rob Brandes and Irving Kahn) giving interviews about the effect the legendary investor had on them:
There’s no doubt that Warren Buffett is ridiculously rich but if you made a few pips on the USD/JPY dip today and you’re feeling flush, then take a quick look at this tool that shows how much of a drop in the bucket your salary is compared to the $13.5 billion Uncle Warren made last year.
And if you’re admiring Messi’s magnificence today note that it took Buffett less than two days to earn Messi’s $64m paycheck last year.
“Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac’s talents didn’t extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, ‘I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.’ If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases.” Warren Buffett
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