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New US Tax Law Brings Warren Buffett A Nice Cheque: $29 Billion

25 February 2018

In 2017, Berkshire's net worth grew $65.3 billion, boosting its per share book value by 23%, Buffett said in the letter. Buffett details in his annual letter the many business activities that led to that gain - including, he writes, investments in American companies, which helped Berkshire's non-insurance businesses realize a $950 million gain in pre-tax income over 2016.

Berkshire on Saturday reported a record quarterly and annual profit, both of which received a $29.1 billion boost from the recent lowering of the US corporate income tax rate, which reduced its deferred tax liabilities.

"You and I are lucky to have Ajit and Greg working for us", Buffett wrote.

Buffett, in his investor-friendly writing style, also addressed topics like the overpriced market for mergers and acquisitions and his disdain for Wall Street's high investment fees.

Berkshire was sitting on more than $109 billion in cash at the end of the third quarter of 2017.

"Performance comes, performance goes".

The company's full-year earnings shot up 87 per cent to $44.9bn, though Buffett admitted only $36bn came from Berkshire's operations.

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It's important to remember that even Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK-B) hasn't been immune to significant swings in its stock price either.

Last year, however, was another good one for Berkshire stockholders, as the company's "A" shares rose almost 22%, vs. a gain of 19.4% for the S&P 500, a broad stock market index. Net earnings per Class A equivalent share attributable to shareholders jumped to $19,790 from $3,823 previous year.

On Friday, Berkshire's Class A shares closed at $304,020.01, having risen above $300,000 a share for the first time ever in December on expectations that Trump's United States tax overhaul would pass into law.

Buffett says using borrowed cash to buy stocks, or "buying on margin", is a no-no for individual investors.

Edward Jones analyst Jim Shanahan says he expected Buffett to devote more of the letter to explaining his decision to promote and name the top two candidates to eventually succeed him as Berkshire's CEO. Berkshire estimates about $3B in losses from those events. The S&P 500 won handily, posting average annual gains of 8.5%, topping all five hedge fund products handily.

"I want to quickly acknowledge that in any upcoming day, week or even year, stocks will be riskier - far riskier - than short-term USA bonds".

New US Tax Law Brings Warren Buffett A Nice Cheque: $29 Billion