Warren Buffett Watch


  Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 12:35 PM ET

Berkshire Hathaway's Stock May Be Victim of Reinsurance Pricing Weakness  - WSJ

Posted By: Alex Crippen
After ending 2007 with a gain of almost 29%, their best year since 1998, shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway have been showing some weakness in the New Year. Today's "Ahead of the Tape" column in The Wall Street Journal has an idea about what's pulling down BRK. »Read more
  Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 6:34 PM ET

Warren Buffett Edges Burlington Northern Stake Higher in First Buy Since October

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reveals in an SEC filing today that it has bought almost 30,000 additional shares of the freight railroad Burlington Northern Santa Fe.  While this most recent purchase is relatively small, it is Buffett's first Burlington buy since October. »Read more
  Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 10:11 PM ET

Warren Buffett's Muni Bond Insurer "Tip-Toes" Into Market With $10M NYC Bond

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Warren Buffett's brand-new municipal bond insurer, Berkshire Hathaway Assurance Corporation, has sold its first coverage, backing a $10 million bond issued by New York City yesterday.  Ajit Jain, who runs Berkshire's insurance businesses, tells the New York Times, "We're tip-toeing into the market, doing very small deals. We want to see if we can get the pricing that we find acceptable to us. Once we find this is real, we'll put in a lot more capital." He also describes how a call from a New York regulator played a key role. »Read more
  Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 10:04 PM ET

Berkshire Hathaway's Jain Tells CNBC He's Talking "Right Now" With Bond Insurers About Possible Purchase or Partnership

Posted By: Alex Crippen
The man who oversees the insurance operations for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway tells CNBC that Berkshire is talking with troubled bond insurers like MBIA and Ambac about a possible partnership or purchase, although it doesn't sound like anything major is imminent.  Ajit Jain's comment came in response to a question from Erin Burnett in a live interview on CNBC's Street Signs about why Berkshire chose to "build" its own bond insurer rather than buy an existing company like Ambac or MBIA. »Read more
  Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 9:11 AM ET

Will Warren Buffett Get Grilled in Hartford?  (I Have My Doubts)

Posted By: Alex Crippen
A criminal corporate fraud trial that could bring Warren Buffett to the witness stand for some tough questioning is now underway in a federal courthouse in Hartford, Connecticut.  Emphasis on could.  Here's why I have my doubts. »Read more
  Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 2:23 PM ET

Buffett Won't Have to Turn Over Documents, Judge Says

Posted By: Reuters
A federal judge overseeing the trial of four former executives at the General Re unit of Berkshire Hathaway said the reinsurer need not turn over some documents involving Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett. »Read more
  Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 12:28 PM ET

2007: The Year in Warren (The Final Countdown)

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Warren Buffett Watch's year-end countdown of the top 10 trends and events of the year continues with #5 to #1, including some year-end surprises. »Read more
  Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | 8:55 PM ET

Warren Buffett's "Bet on America": The Complete CNBC Interview

Posted By: Alex Crippen
In a live interview this morning on CNBC's Squawk Box, Warren Buffett called his purchase of a big Marmon stake as a "bet on America over a long time." He also revealed that while he has been approached by financials companies about buying a stake, "we have not seen a deal that causes me to start salivating."  Here is a video clip and transcript of the complete interview. »Read more
  Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | 8:54 PM ET

Warren Buffett Promises to Stay on the Straight and Narrow with His New Bond Insurer

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Warren Buffett is finally moving to make some money from the nation's credit crisis by starting a new company that will insure debt issued by state and local governments. To make sure that he does indeed make money from the venture, he's promising not to make the same mistakes that have caused so many problems for long-time insurers like Ambac and MBIA: charging too little and taking on too much risk. »Read more
  Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | 8:40 PM ET

VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT: Warren Buffett's Statement to Congress on Estate Taxes

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Video clip and transcript of Warren Buffett's opening statement before the Senate Finance Committee holding a hearing on estate taxes. »Read more

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  • Warren Buffett is arguably America’s most-admired and most-followed investor. Buffett is the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the world’s most famous and most generous philanthropists. Legions of investors - from all walks of life - follow Buffett's homespun investment philosophy: invest in what you know, invest in value. Here on CNBC.com's Warren Buffett Watch, we’ll keep you up to date on what the “Oracle of Omaha” is doing by following Buffett's trades, words and deeds.


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