Berkshire Hathaway Stock: Buy or Sell?

Shares in Warren Buffett’s company are a bargain, but don’t expect too much.

(Image credit: 2010 Getty Images)

Are Berkshire Hathaway’s best days behind it? Warren Buffett seems to think so. In an essay to mark the firm’s 50th anniversary, the Oracle of Omaha wrote in 2015 that Berkshire Hathaway’s future long-term gains “will not come close to those achieved in the past 50 years.” (The words in italics are reproduced exactly as they appeared.) “The numbers have become too big,” Buffett goes on to say about the Omaha-based conglomerate, which includes insurance businesses, railways, financial-services firms and a mix of manufacturing, service and retail companies. “I think Berkshire will outperform the average American company, but our advantage, if any, won’t be great.”

Nellie S. Huang owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway.

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.