> Warren Buffett Blog: Berkshire Hathaway holding almost $100 Billion in Cash and Cash like investments

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway holding almost $100 Billion in Cash and Cash like investments

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. just reported that it was holding close to $100 billion in cash at the end of the second quarter.

While that figure highlights the staggering money-making ability of the businesses he’s collected over the years, it’s also a burden. Because Berkshire doesn’t pay a dividend and rarely buys back its own stock, Buffett is on the hook to find ways to invest those funds.

Buffett, said at Berkshire’s annual meeting in May 2017, saying he hadn’t put his “foot to the floor” on an acquisition for a while and shouldn’t keep so much money earning next to nothing for long periods. The war chest includes some cash-like securities, such as Treasuries.
“The question is, ‘Are we going to be able to deploy it?’” 
“I would say that history is on our side, but it’d be more fun if the phone would ring.”