Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Expands into India

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the world’s fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage franchise networks, has expanded into India.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Orenda India marks the brokerage’s first global footprint in India, adding one office and 20 agents, and servicing Northern India including, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Goa.

“As things are changing quickly from a global perspective, the need to evolve and adapt is only increasing,” said Shrey Aeren, Managing Director, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Orenda India. “The values, recognition and consistency of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand are unmatched by any other and my team and I look forward to bringing that same real estate experience to India.”

“We are excited to welcome Shrey Aeren and his dynamic team to our global network,” said Chris Stuart, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Shrey’s leadership, combined with his team’s dedication brings the experience and first-class services that are in perfect alignment with the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices core values.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices recently added its first brokerage in Portugal, as well.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lessons From Warren Buffett: Why P/E Ratios Rise

When Price/Earnings ratios rise, it is the product of two factors, and Warren Buffett detailed them both.

“It’s very simple, the price-earnings ratio, relative price-earnings ratios, move up because people expect either the industry or the company’s prospects to be better relative to all other securities than they have been, than their proceeding view. And that can turn out to be justified or otherwise,” Warren Buffett said at the 1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “Absolute price-earnings ratios move up in respect to the earning power, or the prospective earning power of, that is viewed by the investing public of future returns on equity, and also in response to changes in interest rates.”

Buffett’s full explanation on P/E ratios

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Expands to Portugal

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has expanded into Portugal with the announcement that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Portugal has joined its worldwide network.

The startup company will add one additional office and eight agents to the global network. The brokerage will service Cascais, Lisbon, Porto, Comporta, Algarve and all over Portugal.

“In Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices we have found a network that truly recognizes that real estate is more than a transaction, but a relationship,” says Patrícia Salgueiro, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Portugal. “The network aligns seamlessly with our values and I am looking forward to continuing the promise of trust, integrity, stability and longevity of work due to our tailor-made services within our brokerage. The Clients are my priority and I want to leave an unforgettable memory of the beginning of a great relationship!”

Patrícia Salgueiro brings years of valuable experience to her role. With a background immersed in the luxury market, she has acquired the necessary skills designed to persevere in a competitive market and create strong relationships all across the globe.

With their brand transition, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Portugal gains access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ active referral and relocation networks, and its “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite, a powerful source for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has aligned with best-in-class technology platforms to deliver world-class support to its network members far into the future.

The brand also provides global listing syndication, professional training and ongoing education and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings. Its Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a strong lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate consumers.

“We’re proud to welcome Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Portugal,” said Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Patrícia is a skilled and seasoned leader who will effortlessly lead, guide and inspire her team of real estate professionals.”

The new brokerage will also leverage the strength and reliability of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Luxury Collection division, which utilizes an elite network of experienced, service-oriented professionals that combines local expertise with vast global connections, together with marketing resources to deliver the best-in-class results.

Gino Blefari, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, also welcomed the company to the network, “We’re thrilled to have Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Portugal join the network. Patrícia and her team share our vision to create long-lasting relationships with their clients and truly become Forever Agents.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lubrizol Advanced Materials Gets Green Accreditation for TempRite Brand FlowGuard Plus CPVC Piping System

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Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol Advanced Materials’ brand FlowGuard Plus CPVC Pipe has been evaluated by the GRIHA Council and listed as a green product in the GRIHA Green Catalogue under the innovation category.

FlowGuard Plus CPVC piping system is the first piping material that has been granted this enlistment in India.

Manish Jain, Sr. Manager – South Asia, said, “Creating innovative sustainable products is a core pillar of our organization and we are proud to announce that our FlowGuard Plus CPVC Pipe has received the green certification from GRIHA, thus making it the first CPVC enlisted brand in the GRIHA Green Product Catalogue and a preferred material in home building projects in India. This listing will benefit the home and building owners using our products to earn green points under the GRIHA rating scheme of green buildings.”

Lubrizol Advanced Materials’ TempRite’s success on the green certifications and enlistments are on account of years of R&D, Innovation in CPVC technology and transparency in communicating the environmental aspects of the products to the market through lifecycle assessments and detailed environmental product reports for FlowGuard.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Appoints Brian Robb Head of Cyber/MPL/Tech in the U.S.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has appointed Brian Robb as Senior Vice President, Head of Cyber/MPL/Tech, in the U.S.

“We are pleased to welcome Brian to lead our Cyber, Miscellaneous Professional Liability & Technology E&O team in the U.S.,” said Anthony Tatulli, Head of Executive & Professional Lines, North America, at BHSI. “His expertise adds fuel to our efforts to expand our portfolios and deliver the sound, stable solutions customers are seeking now and for the long-term.”

Brian comes to BHSI after nearly 11 years at CNA Insurance, where his experience spanned both the underwriting and claims sides of the business. He was most recently Product Leader, Cyber/Media/MPL/Tech E&O. Prior to that, Brian held the positions of Cyber Industry Leader and Senior Claim Counsel, Global Cyber and Technology Claims, at CNA. He holds a master’s degree from City University of New York-Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BYD Expands Indianapolis Service Center

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Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD has announced the expansion of North American operations, with the opening of a service center in Indianapolis, Indiana to serve its Midwest customers.

The center will provide quick access to parts, care, and expertise for BYD buses and trucks. Customers near the service center include Indianapolis’ transit agency IndyGo, the Kansas City International Airport, and the City of Columbia, Missouri’s transit agency Go COMO. Customers in the region operate BYD buses ranging in size from the 30-foot K7M to 60-foot K11M, BYD’s largest transit bus model. The center will also serve BYD truck customers as that markets grows.

The service center has three service bays, a parts warehouse, and all the equipment necessary to handle customer after-sales care. The center, staffed by a team of eight employees, is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“BYD wants to make sure our customers get quick, expert care,” said Patrick Duan, BYD Senior Vice President. “BYD is committed to top-quality customer service. We are creating a network of service centers to bring BYD and its customers closer together.”

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares for $232 million. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $232 million had grown in value to $5.897 billion as of December 31, 2020.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lessons From Warren Buffett: Time Is the Enemy of This Type of Business

Time and investing are inextricably linked, as the time it takes for an investment directly effects your rate of return. And, Warren Buffett also sees time as both friend and foe for companies themselves.

“Time is the enemy of the poor business, and it’s the friend of the great business,” Warren Buffett said at the 1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “I mean if you have a business that’s earning 20 or 25 percent on equity, and it does that for a long time, time is your friend. But time is your enemy if you have your money in a low-return business. And you may be lucky enough to pick the exact moment when it gets taken over by someone else. But we like to think when we buy a stock we’re going to own it for a very long time, and therefore we have to stay away from businesses that have low returns on equity.”

Buffett’s full explanation on companies with poor returns on equity

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BNSF Suffers Destructive Fire at Nebraska Terminal

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Berkshire Hathaway’s BNSF Railway suffered a major fire at its Alliance Intermodal Facility in Alliance, Nebraska on Sunday, April 11. The fire was in the roof of the structure, but the majority of the damage was caused by smoke and the water used to extinguish the blaze.

The damage was initially estimated at $3 million, including $2 million in damage to electronic equipment.

There were no injuries.

“We did have a structural fire; all our employees were safely evacuated, thankfully,” Amy Casas, senior director of external communications with BNSF Railway, said. “The local fire department managed to extinguish the fire within a few hours. We currently have a temporary worksite set up for any employees who worked out of that building while we conduct inspections and any necessary remediation work to the facility. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.”

Berkshire Hathaway has been snakebit with fires recently, with a major fire destroying a Lubrizol plant in Rouen, France in September 2019. Last month a fire destroyed a Forest River RV plant in Goshen, Indiana, and on April 7, there was a fire at a Johns Manville plant in Winslow Township, New Jersey.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Johns Manville Plant Has 7-Alarm Fire

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Berkshire Hathaway’s Johns Manville had a 7-alarm fire on April 7-8 at its plant located in Winslow Township, New Jersey.

The fire was initially extinguished, but it rekindled the following evening, before being fully subdued.

No injuries were reported, and the extent of the damage is not known. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Johns Manville manufactures insulation and building materials.

“Nearly thirty (30) hours after the first alarm was transmitted, firefighters remain on the scene of the Johns Manville Fire. Seven alarms were ultimately struck for this fire yesterday,” the Camden County IAFF Local 3249 posted on their Facebook page. “As part of an organized incident management plan, fire companies throughout the region are being rotated in to the scene for defined operational periods to prevent safety hazards due to fatigue from overwork. Other companies are also covering for units committed to the scene in order to ensure adequate coverage is maintained for any other emergencies that may occur within the region while this extended operation continues.”

Berkshire Hathaway has been snakebit with fires recently, with a major fire destroying a Lubrizol plant in Rouen, France in September 2019, and just last month a fire destroyed a Forest River RV plant in Goshen, Indiana.

© 2021 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lessons From Warren Buffett: There Is No Award for Degree of Difficulty

Warren Buffett reminds investors that there is no special award for the degree of difficulty of an investing strategy. And, according to Buffett, in the end it is the execution of an investing strategy that is the most important thing.

“This is not like Olympic diving. In Olympic diving, you know, they have a degree of difficulty factor. And if you can do some very difficult dive, the payoff is greater if you do it well than if you do some very simple dive. That’s not true in investments,” Warren Buffett said at the 1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “You get paid just as well for the most simple dive, as long as you execute it all right. And there’s no reason to try those three-and-a-halves when you get paid just as well for just diving off the side of the pool and going in cleanly. So we look for one-foot bars to step over rather than seven-foot or eight-foot bars to try and set some Olympic record by jumping over. And it’s very nice, because you get paid just as well for the one-foot bars.”

Buffett’s full explanation on degree of difficulty versus reward in investing

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.