Spare a thought for Warren Buffett, whose portfolio is not doing him any favors this week.» Read More
"With Tesco, we definitely made a mistake. I made a mistake on that one more than anybody else made a mistake ... That was a huge mistake by me," the billionaire told "Squawk Box" on Thursday.
The U.K. supermarket retailer has seen its shares fall more than 48 percent year to date. Buffett's investment firm Berkshire Hathaway is now nursing losses of more than $700 million. According to Berkshire's annual letter to shareholders, Buffett has 301,046,076 Tesco shares.
The man known as America's greatest investor isn't bothered by stock market volatility.
"I have no idea what the stock market's going to do tomorrow or next week or next month or next year," said Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett.
"If you own your stocks as an investment—just like you'd own an apartment, house or a farm—look at them as a business," Buffett advised. "If you're going to try to buy and sell them based on news or something your neighbor tells you, you're not going to do well. Find a good bunch of businesses and hold them."
"You will not make money trying to sell stocks daily or weekly," Buffett said.
For Larry Van Tuyl, it only took seven years to convince one of the world's best-known investors—and himself—that it was time to sell the family business.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNBC on Thursday he bought stocks in Wednesday's big selloff.
He won't name names or whether he was adding to positions of his current holdings. But he did describe them in a "Squawk Box" interview as "names you'd recognize."
Buffett said he likes to buy stocks when they go down, not when they go up. "The more [the market] goes down, the more I Iike to buy." He added that trying to time the market by buying and selling individual names often is a "fool's game."
Any investor who's owned a cross section of American business has done really well over the past 10 or 20 years, he said. Over time, values do appreciate—not for every stock, he said, adding the Dow Industrial Average was under 100 during his lifetime.
With all the talk on Wall Street about when and by how much the Federal Reserve might start increasing interest rates, Buffett said the central bank's moves have no bearing on his investment strategies. "I really don't care about whether the Fed is going to raise interest rates."
He said he buys businesses that he thinks will be good for the next 50 years—such as the deal he announced on CNBC Thursday that he's buying the nation's largest privately held car dealership group, Van Tuyl Group.
Warren Buffett is getting into the auto business.
The billionaire investor announced on CNBC on Thursday that he's buying Van Tuyl Group, the nation's largest privately held car dealership chain.
He expects to use this agreement as a vehicle to buy other dealerships. "We will hear, I predict, from hundreds of dealerships in the next year."
For a man who has been known to say some uncomplimentary things about bankers, Warren Buffett sure does love his bank stocks. By one recent analysis, the "big banks" and regional banks that Berkshire Hathaway has amassed in its portfolio of stocks adds up to a $50 billion market cap banking company—four of Berkshire Hathaway's top 11 holdings in the stock market are in banks and other financial services companies.
For a little perspective, the combined market value of Buffett's bank stock holdings roughly equals the market cap of Deutsche Bank or PNC Financial and would rank eighth overall in terms of U.S. banks by size. That $50 billion banking "company" stocked away within Buffett's empire is also a sizable piece of Berkshire Hathaway's approximately $350 billion valuation.
Veteran investor Warren Buffett has lost over $700 million on his investment in U.K. supermarket operator Tesco, which has seen shares fall around 43 percent this year.
Buffett, often referred to as the Oracle of Omaha, has consistently backed Tesco, holding a stake in the firm since 2007. But his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway is now dealing with a hefty loss after the retailer slumped over 20 percent in the last month.
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Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett is helping to fund the deal by committing $3 billion of preferred equity financing. The news release on the deal did not disclose the terms for Berkshire, which is only a financing source and will not have any participation in the management and operation of the business.