Highlights from Berkshire Hathaway’s 2008 Letter to Shareholders
“By the fourth quarter, the credit crisis, coupled with tumbling home and stock prices, had produced a paralyzing fear that engulfed the country. A freefall in business activity ensued, accelerating at a pace that I have never before witnessed. The U.S. – and much of the world – became trapped in a vicious negative-feedback cycle. Fear led to business contraction, and that in turn led to even greater fear.”
– Without Fail, we’ve overcome “far worse travails.”
– Warren Buffett takes candid, personal responsibility:
“During 2008 I did some dumb things in investments. I made at least one major mistake of commission and several lesser ones that also hurt. … Furthermore, I made some errors of omission, sucking my thumb when new facts came in that should have caused me to re-examine my thinking and promptly take action.”
– There are opportunities in a down economy:
We “feel like two hungry mosquitoes in a nudist camp. Juicy targets are everywhere.”
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