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The banking industry now makes up over 40% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio

Berkshire Hathaway reported its Q3 holdings last week, and it looks like Warren Buffett’s laughing all the way to the bank: Half of Warren Buffett’s top 10 largest holdings are in the US banking industry. BH purchased $13B worth of...


November 21, 2018

Berkshire Hathaway reported its Q3 holdings last week, and it looks like Warren Buffett’s laughing all the way to the bank: Half of Warren Buffett’s top 10 largest holdings are in the US banking industry.

BH purchased $13B worth of new bank stocks last quarter alone, bringing the firm’s total banking investments to $86B.

Here’s how that $86B breaks down:

To put that in context, BH’s stake in Bank of America is the firm’s second largest holding (behind Apple at $56.9B).

Why is he banking on banks?

Because, theoretically, it’s a “forever business” — one that we’ll always need as long as traditional currency exists. 

*Cue uproar from one million blockchain enthusiasts*

And, he’s managed to invest a massive amount of capital in a single industry without triggering the feds. 

Aside from its American Express holding, all of BH’s investments are under 10% ownership to avoid regulatory oversight (The Motley Fool points out that it has special permissions from the Federal Reserve to own up to 25% of American Express).

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