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A Message from Wally Weitz on Berkshire Hathaway

Wally Weitz, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager


Linked below is Warren Buffett's annual report for 2020. I highly recommend the “Chairman's Letter” (pp. 3-15) to anyone remotely interested in stock and bond investing. I also hope you will take away three messages related to your investments with us:

  1. An explanation of why Berkshire Hathaway has been an important part of many of our portfolios continuously since our founding in 1983;
  2. A clear explanation of how we seek to invest in other companies on your behalf;
  3. A practical example of the kind of company that we look for that seeks to serve all of its constituencies—shareholders, employees, customers and communities — in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.

I acknowledge that my taste in “literature” may be somewhat skewed, but I believe Warren's letters are special. Please read it carefully and enjoy.




The opinions expressed are those of Weitz Investment Management and are not meant as investment advice or to predict or project the future performance of any investment product. The opinions are current through the publication date, are subject to change at any time based on market and other current conditions, and no forecasts can be guaranteed. This commentary is being provided as a general source of information and is not intended as a recommendation to purchase, sell, or hold any specific security or to engage in any investment strategy. Investment decisions should always be made based on an investor's specific objectives, financial needs, risk tolerance and time horizon.

Holdings are subject to change and may not be representative of the Fund's current or future investments. As of 12/31/2020, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK) constituted a portion of the net assets of Balanced, Partners III Opportunity Fund, Partners Value Fund, and Value Fund as follows: 2.1%, 11.6%, 5.0% and 5.3%.

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