Investment Principles, Strategies, and Decisions: An Inquiry into Warren Buffett`s Perspective on his Roller Coaster Ride with Select Stocks

Snowflake IPO: A Rebound for the US Stock Market
Case Code: FINC172
Case Length: 15 Pages
Period: 2011-2019
Pub Date: 2021
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.400
Organization: Berkshire Hathaway
Industry: Conglomerate
Countries: United States
Themes: Investment Decisions, Leadership & Values, Investment Philosophy, Stock Market
Snowflake IPO: A Rebound for the US Stock Market
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In 2019, US-based conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway (Berkshire) was all set to celebrate the 89th birthday of its celebrity Chairman and CEO, Warren Buffett (Buffett), known for his investment philosophy which had made him the third richest person in the world. However, there was an underlying sense of apprehension over the future of Berkshire, the fifth largest company in the S&P Index, with respect to its leadership and performance. The Oracle of Omaha, as Buffett was fondly called, had undoubtedly set the benchmark of performance at a stellar level. The performance of Buffett’s investments had convincingly topped that of all the US stocks and mutual funds that had traded in the 40 years since 1979. A study conducted over the four decades from 1976 to 2017 showed that Berkshire’s Sharpe ratio was almost double that of the overall market’s..

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