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  1. I believe it is discussed on page 40, " Other earnings/loss consist primarily of Berkshire parent company investment income and corporate expenses, other intercompany interest income where the interest expense is included in earnings of the operating businesses and unallocated income taxes." So the answer to your question would be that while almost all of the investments are held inside insurance companies (or BYD in the Energy company), Berkshire parent company owns some investments and those investments generate income.
  2. One thing I noticed in this report is that towards the bottom of page 7 they mention that a new accounting pronouncement that will go into effect at the beginning of 2023 is currently projected to reduce shareholders' equity by $6-7 Billion (ultimate amount to be based on interest rates at that time). ASU 2018-12 They mentioned it last quarter but this quarter they included an estimated ballpark figure if rates stay about the same. Quote: We will adopt ASU 2018-12 as of January 1, 2023 using the modified retrospective method, whereby revised cash flow and discount rate assumptions as of January 1, 2021 (the transition date) are applied to contracts then in-force, with liabilities then remeasured as provided under the standard. The cumulative effects from discount rate assumption changes as of the transition date will be recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income and the cumulative effect from cash flow assumption changes will be recorded in retained earnings. While we have not finalized our assessment of the impact of the adoption as of the transition date, we currently believe that the changes in discount rate assumptions will have a greater effect on our recorded liabilities than changes in cash flow assumptions. We currently estimate that as of January 1, 2021, the adoption of ASU 2018-12 will reduce our consolidated shareholders’ equity between $6 billion and $7 billion from the amount previously reported, primarily due to the low interest rate environment at that time. However, the ultimate impact of adopting ASU 2018-12 will be based on the discount rate and cash flow assumptions determined as of the January 1, 2023 adoption date. We, therefore, continue to evaluate the effect this standard will have on our Consolidated Financial Statements.
  3. June: 2397 at 425,870.54 = $1.02 billion plus 25,462 at 276.75 = $7 MILLION dollars worth (there is also a press release that spells it out "approx. $1.0 billion was used to repurchase BRK shares during the quarter")
  4. I think your numbers are wrong. A little over a billion dollars worth during June and then another half billion or slightly less spent after quarter end through July 26th.
  5. I do think it was a taxable cash deal with Greg Abel. A long term capital gain. I'm sure a chunk is going towards philanthropy as well. There is a certain badge of honor for Berkshire executives to purchase their Berkshire shares with their own hard-earned after tax money. Just like Ajit did and just like Warren did. It will be nice to see Greg buy some shares in the open market when he is allowed to.
  6. I noticed that too. Sort of surprised they did a taxable cash deal when he had the option to do a tax free swap into Berkshire shares but way to go Greg! New hockey rinks for everyone!
  7. It could be worse - "The Consortium's proposal further provides that the proposed transaction will be subject to a non-waivable condition requiring approval by holders of a majority of Atlas common shares not owned or controlled by the Consortium, senior management or their respective affiliates."
  8. Since the warrants can't really be transferred to anyone else to capture the time and volatility premium before they are exercised, they really only end up being worth their in-the-money intrinsic value (currently a little over $500 million). Warren gets the optionality, which has value, but can't receive payment for that value. I'm sure the accountants will still value them under Black Scholes and a set of assumptions about time-to-expiry and mark them accordingly - but that value will never show up as money in the bank.
  9. That business was part of Fox & Roach, a realtor that HomeServices acquired. Not even sure if HomeServices of America owned Fox & Roach when the alleged redlining took place. (edit: HomeServices bought the company in 2013, the investigation covered the period 2015-2019)
  10. That's correct - Berkshire has a bunch of specific agreements in writing with both AXP and the Federal Reserve that would almost certainly exempt them from required equity method accounting. This letter from 2019 references the many agreements that are in place and their periodic amendments, for example: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/4962/000000496919000036/exhibit_101.htm
  11. Since this is largely Canadian forum, I am happy to report that I have just returned home from my first trip to Canada. A wonderful week in Victoria and Lake Cowichan. We had a great time and I can't wait to return. Victoria was certainly a nice change of pace from New Orleans. I guess Vancouver Island is a rain forest. It certainly looked the part.
  12. I'm sure it is an interesting book and the reviews have been positive, but this stuff wasn't exactly a secret. (former vintage Porsche owner here, full disclosure)
  13. Bill Gates' personal money manager Michael Larson just purchased some TIPS closed end funds with his personal money. He is on the board of these CEFs because Cascade holds very large positions in them. FWIW -> https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1254370/000091485122000031/xslF345X03/wf-form4_165827071113239.xml https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1267902/000091485122000029/xslF345X03/wf-form4_165826937071579.xml
  14. Pilot got someone else to pay for the EV fast chargers - sounds smart https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/14/gm-evgo-and-pilot-company-to-build-network-of-us-highway-ev-chargers.html
  15. This article has most of the interview and is not behind a pay wall - https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/revealed-charlie-munger-s-best-investment-tips-20220705-p5az7y
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