Thursday, 1 March 2012

Interesting to Note that this is a development that hurts Berkshire Hathaway during 2011

-  Three large and very attractive fixed-income investments were called away from us by their issuers in 2011. Swiss Re, Goldman Sachs and General Electric paid us an aggregate of $12.8 billion to redeem securities that were producing about $1.2 billion of pre-tax earnings for Berkshire. That’s a lot of income to replace, though our Lubrizol purchase did offset most of it.

Comment:  Buffett emphasizes increasing the aggregate pre-tax earnings and incomes.  He reinvests into or replaces companies, to achieve growth in aggregate pre-tax earnings and incomes.   This is very sound strategy to follow.

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