Why Buffett bought BNSF and did stock split?

Reading Time: < 1 minute (Source: lsnhs.leesummit.k12.mo.us) I can think of a few reasons: 1) He sees value in BNSF; 2) He want to use some cash so that his successor won’t have too much cash to squander (this is legit considering his age, and a lot of times people make mistake when they are rich); 3) Last but most… Continue reading Why Buffett bought BNSF and did stock split?

Random thoughts on Berkshire annual meeting weekend

Reading Time: 2 minutes (Update 04May09) Buffett CNBC interview. (Monday Becky Quick) I did not go to the Berkshire annual shareholder meeting, partly because of the recession (cost cutting), partly because I sold the stock recently (note: one does not have to buy stock to get the admission ticket, they sell it at $5 on eBay). There are live… Continue reading Random thoughts on Berkshire annual meeting weekend

This “Wang Yang Bu Lao thing” on credit rating

Reading Time: 2 minutes (Update) Big bro started to act now. (Original) We all know the stock rating game: I mean those “buy”, “hold” and “sell” rating usually issued by sell side (brokeage) analysts. They are mostly not objective, because at the end of the day the dealers want to sell you more stocks, regardless they are good or… Continue reading This “Wang Yang Bu Lao thing” on credit rating

My Berkshire Hathaway proxy vote

Reading Time: < 1 minute I sold my remaining BRK.B share last week, and got some US bank (NYSE: USB) shares instead. The main reason I sold BRK.B is: 1) I don’t really understand the valuation of the business, which is 50% insurance + 50% manufacturing, housing, retailing etc. I have no idea for insurance and the whole thing is… Continue reading My Berkshire Hathaway proxy vote

Buffett on NBR (PBS)

Reading Time: < 1 minute Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B) has not done well lately. Nonetheless, Nightly Business Report (PBS) interviewed Buffett. The topic ranges from new administration, recession and investing. The interview is about 30 minutes long. Interestingly Susie Gharib tried to ask particular investment advice, Buffett declined politely.

Berkshire BRK.B unusual volume

Reading Time: < 1 minute Berkshire B share (NYSE: BRK.B) traded heavily May 30 Friday. (Full size picture here) May be Bill Gates is selling on behalf of Gates foundation (USAToday article)? As you may know in 2006 Buffett donated large number of shares to Gates fundation (NYTimes article). I was wondering who is buying BRK.B on Friday? I know… Continue reading Berkshire BRK.B unusual volume

Bet against Buffett?

Reading Time: 2 minutes It seems there is lots of confusion about Berkshire (NYSE:BRK.A, BRK.B) options (paper) loss in its Q1 earning report, especially among individual investors. First, let me quote Buffett’s take on those options in his recent annual shareholder letter (link to letters): “The second category of contracts involves various put options we have sold on four… Continue reading Bet against Buffett?