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Buffett Talks Market Conditions and Big Banks

buffetThis week, Warren Buffett, Chairman, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway talked current market conditions and what might be his favorite bank in his most recent interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box.

According to the billionaire investor, valuations make sense with interest rates where they are. “I mean, in the end, you measure laying out money for an asset in relation to what you are going to get back, and the number one yardstick is U.S. governments,” he said.

Buffett also touched base on interest rates, and how he never would’ve thought back in 2009 that rates would ever be this low eight years later. When it comes to interest rates, what’s the one thing Buffett is sure of? It’s that over time stocks from this level will beat bonds from this level.

“If I can be short the 30-year bond at 3 percent or something and long the S&P 500 and just have it put away for 30 years, stocks are going to far outperform bonds,” he said. “The question is which variable is going to change. Everybody expects interest rates to change. But they've been expecting that for quite a while.”

Later during his interview, when asked what Buffett's favorite bank is, he responded by comparing it to asking someone who’s their favorite child.

Buffett immediately followed the statement by saying that, “Bank of America has done a sensational job under Brian Moynihan.”

Despite Moynihan struggling when he first came into his role at BofA, according to Buffett, “he had a lot of rocks to turn over, and it cost a lot of money. And he just set out step by step to bring the bank back.”

Buffett continued to explain that BofA’s CEO has gone from 280,000 people down to 210,000 people. He’s gone from a run rate of expenses in the $70 billions down to $54 billion.

“He has really done a job, and we will be holders of BofA stock for a long, long, long time,” Buffett said.

Read the full transcript of Buffett’s interview, by clicking here.

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Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech's College of Media and Communications. To contact Casperson, e-mail: nicole.casperson@thefivestar.com.
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