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Berkshire vs. S&P 500


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I know that Berkshire is pretty large now so outperforming the S&P might be tough, but not quite this tough.  If you look  at a 5 year graph, Berkshire has under-performed by a cumulative 20% over that time frame.  I'm not sure if this means something or nothing, but it was interesting to me. 

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I think it mainly reflects the fact that Berkshire didn't decline as much in the financial crisis.  So 5 years captures only the recovery from the crisis price levels on the index.  If you select 4 years Berkshire outperforms.  3 years Berkshire outperforms, 10 years Berkshire outperforms, etc...

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Anyone have any rough calculations of Berkshire's book value?

 

It depends on how the Heinz write-up is handled.  Last report had Book at about $98 per B share.  Current book could be anywhere from 98 to 105 per B share, but the HNZ deal won't close in the 2nd quarter, so the jump could come in Q3.

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