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Berkshire Hathaway 2016 Shareholder Letter

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  1. 2016 was a very good year for Berkshire: Book value grew $27.5 billion, or 10.7%, and BRK’s market value grew 23.4%, versus a 12.0% total return for the S&P 500.   2. Buffett’s long-term view of the U.S. economy and the U.S. equity market remains very positive. This view is based on 1) America’s market-based economic system, and…

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Capital Market Outlook for 2017

CAPITAL MARKETS OUTLOOK FOR 2017

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2016 was marked by significant stock market volatility within the context of rising stock prices during most of the year. The S&P 500 declined 12% during the first six weeks of the year, bottoming at 1829. From there, the index rallied to 2238, a gain of 22% from the bottom, and 10% on the year. The three most important factors…

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THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS

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U.S. citizens experienced arguably one of the most contentious Presidential elections in recent history during 2016, resulting in the election of Donald J. Trump to become the 45th President of the United States. President-elect Trump appeared to connect with voters on his America First economic plan and message on bringing change to Washington. President-elect Trump will have a Republican majority…

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Ted Bridges comments to the Omaha World Herald on Market Expectations for 2017

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Omaha’s money managers and investing pros expect the Standard & Poor’s 500 to rise about 8 percent this year, boosted in part by tax and regulatory policies expected to be business-friendly. A World-Herald survey of 10 metro-area portfolio managers and finance experts from academia found an average estimate of 2,425 for the 2017 year-end close of the broad S&P index….

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With Trump’s victory, Nebraska investors and businesses are ready for a new era

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There might be bitter disagreement in some quarters about Tuesday’s election outcome, but many Nebraska businesses and investors expressed optimism about a corporate America they expect to become unshackled from regulations, protected from foreign competition and unburdened from excessive taxes.   Investors Wednesday bid up shares of some of Omaha’s biggest companies — Union Pacific, Valmont and Werner, among them…

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Market Outlook After Trump’s Dramatic Election Win

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On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won an historical and surprising election to become the 45th President of the United States, defeating Hillary Clinton.   Capital markets were expecting a Clinton victory; Trump’s win, and the success of down-ticket GOP candidates, were material surprises. As a Trump win became more probable into the evening, global markets experienced roiling downside volatility….

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Ted Bridges Comments to World Herald on US Stocks Post Trump Victory

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U.S. stocks fluctuated between modest gains and losses Wednesday morning following the surprise victory by Republican nominee and now president-elect Donald Trump.   Dow Jones Industrial average stock-futures indexes fluctuated between losses of 190 points and 300 points Wednesday morning before the opening of regular trading, earlier falling 800 points. Stock futures slumped and bonds rallied as markets reacted negatively…

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IRS Announces 2017 Exclusion Amounts

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The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the 2017 adjustments to the federal gift and estate tax exclusion amounts, as well as the annual benefit plan contribution amounts.   In general, the gift and estate tax exclusion amounts tell each individual how much he or she can give away, both during life and at death, on a tax-free basis.  When the…

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