Key Takeaways From the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

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  • While investors typically have a passive role in their investments, they do get to weigh in once a year during a company annual meeting. Usually, that’s a boring affair, laden with Wall-Street speak and accounting terms designed to make eyes glaze over.

    But there’s one huge exception: the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A). The meeting makes Omaha the ultimate travel destination in the first week in May for any investor. It’s a circus with all sorts of booths, attractions, and resembles a bit of a country fair or circus as much as a corporate business meeting.

    And while corporate matters are dealt with in just a few minutes, there’s a celebration all weekend long—and best of all, a chance to ask questions to CEO Warren Buffett on just about anything.

    While most headlines for the meeting may have touted things like Buffett’s views on Bitcoin (like gold, it has no cash flows for him to analyze so it looks like a gamble), it’s also an opportunity to discuss changes in the Berkshire portfolio.

    This year, Buffett had a lot to say, particularly about his 2013 investment in the merger between Kraft and Heinz. And a recent disclosure about the purchase of Amazon shares in the most recent quarter attracted some attention as well.

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  • Investors looking to follow Buffett and his long-term market-beating track record have a lot to digest here.

    The biggest takeaway? Existing companies in the Berkshire portfolio that can be bought at similar or more attractive prices than what Buffett and his investment lieutenants paid. And shares of Berkshire themselves may look increasingly attractive as the company puts is massive cash hoard towards buying back shares.