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    Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting 2023

    1 Min Ago

    Ajit Jain says Geico is ‘taking the bull by the horns’ to improve telematics

    Ajit Jain, Berkshire’s vice chairman of insurance operations, said auto insurer Geico is “taking the bull by the horns” to improve the use of telematics.

    Telematics programs allow insurers to collect clients’ driving data, including their mileage and speed, to help price policies.

    Geico has been losing market share to Progressive in recent years as it didn’t embrace technology as quickly as its competitor. Jain previously said Geico started incorporating telematics two to three years ago, while Progressive has been on the bandwagon for close to 20 years.

    Jain said Saturday that Geico is “still a work in progress” even though it posted a big underwriting profit of $700 million in the first quarter after suffering steep underwriting losses for 2022.

    — Yun Li

    11 Mins Ago

    Warren Buffett was a net seller of stocks in Q1

    Buffett said he was a net seller of stocks in the first quarter. Berkshire sold $13.2 billion worth of stocks, buying only $2.8 billion, according to its earnings report.

    — Yun Li

    19 Mins Ago

    ‘We’ve got our own ‘King Charles’ here today,’ Buffett says introducing Charles Munger

    As Buffett took the stage Saturday, he referenced the coronation of King Charles III happening in England hours earlier, as he introduced his longtime partner, Charlie Munger, to the crowd.

    “When I woke up this morning, I realized that we had a competitive broadcast going out somewhere in the U.K.,” Buffett said. “They were celebrating a ‘King Charles,’ and we’ve got our own ‘King Charles’ here today.”

    — Alex Harring

    29 Mins Ago

    Buffett says A.I. probably won’t ‘tell you which stocks to buy’

    Microsoft seen on mobile with ChatGPT 4 on screen, seen in this photo illustration. On 15 March 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. 

    Jonathan Raa | Nurphoto | Getty Images

    Warren Buffett said that while AI can help screen for stocks that fall under certain parameters, it has its limitations beyond that.

    “It’s sort of weird,” he said in an interview with NBC’s local Omaha affiliate. “I don’t think it’s going to tell you what stocks to buy. It can tell me every stock that meets a certain criteria, or a criteria in three seconds. But it has decided limitations in some ways. You ought to see the jokes it came up with.”

    Buffett added that he tinkered with ChatGPT three months ago when Bill Gates showed him how it worked.

    “It’s very interesting,” he continued. “It can translate the Constitution into Spanish in one second. But the computer could not tell jokes. You could tell it to make a joke about Warren and crypto. It’s read every book and seen all TV, but it couldn’t do that. I told Bill to bring it back when I can ask it, ‘How are you going to get rid of the human race?’ I want to see what it says — and pull the plug out before it does it.”

    — Hakyung Kim

    32 Mins Ago

    A Buffett deal would bring ‘confidence’ to banking sector, says Ariel Investments’ Rogers

    Warren Buffett ahead of the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder’s Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. 

    David A. Grogan | CNBC

    Warren Buffett historically has been there as a source of stable capital for the financial system when it seemed like it was in trouble. Given the current turmoil in among banks, it would be a big deal if he were to show up for the sector again, said John Rogers, chairman and co-CEO chief investment officer of Ariel Investments.

    “That would bring a lot of confidence to the economy and the financial system,” he said. “Whenever he steps up – all of us believe in him so much, so I think it would be great if he was able to be helpful during this period and get a great return for Berkshire shareholders.”

    “He is so revered around the world and I know that the Biden administration has been talking with him and I know other leaders are,” Rogers added. “You can bet he is the first call of many of the major banking giants on Wall Street to make sure they’re getting his best advice and including him in these conversations.”

    — Tanaya Macheel

    38 Mins Ago

    Berkshire chocolate coins and Buffett-themed apparel in the lead-up to the meeting

    Warren Buffett tours the grounds at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha Nebraska. 

    David A. Grogan | CNBC

    Called “Woodstock for Capitalists,” the multiday event kicked off on Friday with a chance for shareholders to shop the company’s many brands, which range from Dairy Queen and See’s Candies to Brooks Sports and Pampered Chef. One of its latest additions to the portfolio, the plush toy brand Squishmallows, was on colorful display for the first time.

    Those attending the meaning often jump at the chance to scoop up items made specifically for the event.

    -Christina Cheddar Berk

    50 Mins Ago

    Buffett asks actress Jamie Lee Curtis to convince Munger to snap up internet stocks

    Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger greeted attendees with a welcome video starring a special guest — Jamie Lee Curtis.

    Buffett asked the actress to convince Munger to snap up stocks in “this something called the Internet.”

    The actress made flirtatious remarks while calling both separately from her bed, affectionately referring to Buffett as “Warren all-you-can-eat buffet,” and Munger as “Charlie hunger.”

    — Sarah Min

    53 Mins Ago

    Buffett’s long-term track record: Why there are smiling faces in Omaha Saturday

    A look at Warren Buffett’s long-term track record explains the smiling faces in Omaha Saturday, many of them were made millionaires by the investing guru’s astute moves and patient value philosophy over the years.

    Berkshire Hathaway’s compounded annual gain was 19.8% from 1965 through the end of last year, compared with 9.9% for the S&P 500. That’s an overall total return of 3,787,464% vs. 24,708% for the benchmark.

    To be sure, more recently Buffett’s track record has matched the S&P 500. Over the last 10 years, Berkshire has returned 11% annually, about even with the S&P 500.

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    An Hour Ago

    Oakmark Funds’ Bill Nygren learned this major lesson from Warren Buffett

    Everyone can learn something from Warren Buffett — including Oakmark Funds’ Bill Nygren.

    One practice that sticks out is the utilization of adjusted GAAP accounting for non-tangible assets, the value investor said during an interview with CNBC Friday.

    “I think GAAP accounting was really intended for a tangible world,” he said. “You can touch and feel it, it goes on the balance sheet. If you can’t touch or feel it, expense it.”

    But that setup isn’t “representative of the economics” that exist and the investments in the business world for things like research and development, and brand value.

    “Those things are all on the balance sheet at zero,” Nygren said. “If you aren’t making adjustments for that as a value investor, you’re unnecessarily restricting your universe.”

    Although Oakmark Funds does not own shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Nygren called it an attractive investment opportunity for many.

    “Berkshire rarely exhibits the level of controversy that is required to create a really attractive value stock, but it’s a great business,” he said. “It’s extremely well run and that’s probably why it isn’t cheap enough to meet our criteria.”

    — Samantha Subin

    An Hour Ago

    Berkshire’s auto insurer Geico pulls off a big turnaround

    Display showing Gecko character for GEICO Insurance during the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Yun Li | CNBC

    Berkshire’s auto insurer Geico experienced a big turnaround in the first quarter, after benefiting from higher average premiums and a reduction in advertising costs. Geico posted an underwriting profit of $703 million. The auto insurer suffered a $1.9 billion pretax underwriting loss last year as it lost market share to competitor Progressive.

    Ajit Jain, Berkshire’s vice chairman of insurance operations, previously said the biggest culprit for Geico’s underperformance was not keeping pace with rivals in telematics programs, which allow insurers to collect clients’ driving data, including their mileage and speed, to better price policies.

    — Yun Li

    An Hour Ago

    Berkshire operating earnings pop in the first quarter

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reported a 12.6% jump in operating earnings for the first quarter, driven by a rebound in the conglomerate’s insurance business.

    Profit from insurance underwriting came in at $911 million, up sharply from $167 million a year prior. Insurance investment income also jumped 68% to $1.969 billion from $1.170 billion.

    Berkshire’s cash hoard also swelled to $130.616 billion from $128 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022.

    — Fred Imbert

    2 Hours Ago

    Warren Buffett’s successor Greg Abel is winning over shareholders

    Greg Abel, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, center, during a shareholders shopping day ahead of the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., on Friday, April 29, 2022.

    Dan Brouillette | Bloomberg | Getty Images

    Warren Buffett’s successor Greg Abel will be joining the Oracle of Omaha and Charlie Munger on stage Saturday, answering questions about non-insurance operations.

    Abel has taken on many responsibilities at the massive conglomerate, while increasing his stake in the company, which has given shareholders hope that the culture at the company will continue.

    “He does all the work, and I take the bows – it’s exactly what I wanted,” Buffett said in a CNBC interview in Japan on April 12. “He knows more about the individuals, the business, he’s seen them all. … They haven’t seen me at the BNSF Railroad for 10, 12 years or something like that.”

    — Yun Li

    2 Hours Ago

    NetJets pilots protest outside of arena, saying they’re being underpaid

    A line of pilots from NetJets held a protest outside of CHI Health Center.

    Yun Li

    A number of pilots from Berkshire’s private jet company NetJets lined up outside of CHI Health Center as shareholders waited to get into the arena. They held signs that read “overworked” and “underpaid,” saying they were looking to renegotiate their contract. NetJets became a Berkshire subsidiary in 1998.

    — Yun Li

    2 Hours Ago

    Shareholders start lining up in downtown Omaha

    Some of the people lined up at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting have been in the line since 2 a.m. for the event.

    — Sarah Min

    2 Hours Ago

    Berkshire Hathaway has outperformed during recessions and bear markets, Bespoke data says

    Berkshire Hathaway has a history of outperforming the S&P 500 during recessions, and performing especially well during bear markets, according to data from Bespoke Investment Group. Since 1980, Berkshire shares have beat the broader market over the course of six recessions by a median of 4.41 percentage points.

    Even more impressive is the stock’s performance during bear markets. During the same time period, the conglomerate outpaced the S&P 500 each time it dropped 20%, beating the broader index by a median of 14.89 percentage points. 

    ″[One] stock that has gained a reputation for safety is Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A), and based on the last several decades, the distinction has been earned,” read a Bespoke note from earlier this week.

    — Sarah Min

    3 Hours Ago

    What to expect from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger

    Charlie Munger ahead of the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha Nebraska.

    David A. Grogan | CNBC

    On a cloudy Saturday morning, throngs of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are waiting in a light rain to get inside the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

    The economy and the markets are always top of mind at these events, but this year’s meeting comes at a particularly challenging time. On Monday, First Republic became the third American bank to fail since March, further fueling fears that a recession is imminent. As ever, investors will look to the 92-year-old Warren Buffett for folksy wisdom in uncertain times.

    Buffett promised in Berkshire’s shareholders guide to field more questions this year. With that in mind, CNBC Pro looked at what some of the most pressing topics are likely to be. Questions could range from a discussion of what types of acquisitions the company might make to what is Buffett’s outlook for the banking sector. What’s next for auto insurer Geico also could be fair game.

    —Yun Li

    3 Hours Ago

    Here’s the schedule for CNBC’s coverage of the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting

    Warren Buffett tours the grounds at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha Nebraska. 

    David A. Grogan | CNBC

    CNBC will be livestreaming Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, beginning at 9:45 a.m. ET. Often called “Woodstock for Capitalists,” investors flock to Omaha, Nebraska, to listen to Warren Buffett’s thoughts on the market. He often recounts the many lessons he has learned during his decades of investing.

    Here is a rundown of the day’s events:

    9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Pre-show hosted by Becky Quick and Mike Santoli

    10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Berkshire Hathaway morning Q&A session with Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Greg Abel and Ajit Jain

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Halftime show, hosted by Becky Quick and Mike Santoli

    2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon session of annual meeting

    4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Post-show anchored by Becky Quick and Mike Santoli

    Note: Schedule reflects Eastern Time

    —Christina Cheddar Berk



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