Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Berkshire Hathaway Historical Total Return Performance

The markets have been pretty terrible this year with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrials falling 36% and 33% respectively from the end of the year. Major indexes still remain about 39% off their all time highs set just one year ago. Many asset classes have declined in value including real estate investment trusts, international stocks, mid cap and small cap equities,foreign currencies as well as commodities. In these trying times for investors, people are turning to the richest stock investor on planet earth, Warren Buffett, for advice. Historically a portfolio of stocks mimicking his flagship company Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio holdings would have outperformed the markets. In addition to that Berkshire Hathaway A shares have delivered an annualized total return of 25% since 1976. This year the stock is down 15%. If history is any guide however, Berkshire will bounce back and reward patient investors handsomely. Check out Berkshire Hathaway's list of stock holdings from this link.

Check the table below for historical performance of BRK-A share values at year end since 1976.

If Buffett is truly buying american stocks, then the logical step of following his advice is let him do all the work by purchasing Berkshire Hathaway A or B shares.

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