During the financial crisis of 2008, Warren Buffett played a major role in restoring the confidence of market participants during periods of market stress. Berkshire Hathaway’s investment in Wrigley, initiated in October 2008, is often thought of as an opportunistic
Goldman Sachs has announced that the Federal Reserve has granted approval for the company to redeem Berkshire Hathaway’s $5 billion investment in Goldman’s 10% cumulative perpetual preferred stock. The investment was made on October 1, 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Read this article for more details.
We briefly examine three of Warren Buffett’s major investment moves during the financial crisis both in terms of results delivered for Berkshire and the impact of his statements and actions on market sentiment in general and the perceived stability of the investees in particular. Read the article for more details.
Roger Lowenstein did not succeed in being first to market with his book on the financial crisis. However, it is fair to say that The End of Wall Street represents one of the best portrayals of the events leading up to the subprime meltdown that ultimately triggered the unprecedented collapse in September 2008 and prompted the type of government intervention previously considered unthinkable in America. Mr. Lowenstein’s book is well suited for a reader who is unfamiliar with the details of the crisis and is looking for a concise presentation with the right balance between a careful accounting of the facts and the personalities involved in the crisis. Read this article for a review of the book.