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Value investing like a pro

Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of $340-billion-plus Berkshire Hathaway, said in his recently released and much studied annual letter, "For 240 years it's been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start."

Buffett has created an enormous conglomerate heavily focused on U.S. companies and pillars of the domestic economy. "Berkshire operates in more industries than any company I know of," Buffett wrote.

This fact could make it hard for investors to recreate what Buffett has achieved. You could buy shares of Berkshire Hathaway, but Buffett has said himself that its performance edge is now harder to maintain and Berkshire could become an expensive index fund.

"Investors who diversify widely and simply sit tight with their holdings are certain to prosper," Buffett wrote this year. Indeed, there are plenty of index funds available to clone your own Berkshire Hathaway. Here are a few ideas.

By Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC.com
Posted 9 March 2016

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