Posts Tagged ‘Berkshire Hathaway’

Plan your Berkyville Buys Now!

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

We’re almost two weeks away from the most fun annual shareholders meeting on the planet!

It’s time to start thinking about what deals you can score when you shop in Berkyville – the huge convention center filled with Berkshire Hathaway companies selling their goods to you at a steep discount.

We don’t know yet what kind of great deals our sister companies like Pampered Chef and Brooks will be running this year.

We do know the Bookworm (not a Berkshire company, but a friend) has released its list of Warren Buffett-approved books they’ll have on site. Click here to see what the Oracle hopes you read.

And we’re ready at Borsheims to share the incredible deals on jewelry, watches, and gifts we’ll be offering. These deals are available both Friday and Saturday at the CenturyLink Center and they really are incredible. We have diamond studs, pearl strands, watches, and all sorts of Berkshire Hathaway souvenirs you’ll want to take home at you – at prices that no one can beat.

Watch the video to get a glimpse of all we have to offer this year. But act quick if you want to purchase during Berkshire weekend. Many of our items sell out quickly!

Buffett-related Learning Opportunities in Omaha during BRK Weekend

Monday, April 17th, 2017

While most shareholders come to Omaha to take in the meeting, do some shopping (and saving!), and see the sights, there are several shareholders who want to soak up as much Buffett and Berkshire knowledge as they can. For them, Omaha has plenty to offer! Over the past decade or so, many seminars have popped up surrounding Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend to provide eager shareholders with even more Buffett and Berkshire related information.

Here are a few that have caught our eye – and a bit of info about them from their respective websites:

Value Investing Panel at Creighton University
Friday, May 5, 2017 – 3:00pm

Creighton University’s Heider College of Business and Portfolio Practicum class will be hosting a value investing panel discussion at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 5th, in the Mike and Josie Harper Center. A reception will follow the panel discussion at 5:00 pm.

Currently in it’s ninth year, the Value Investing Panel (VIP) is organized and run by the Portfolio Practicum students each year, and is designed for students and investors interested in value investment. It is also open to members of the community who would like to hear panelists’ thoughts on the current state of the stock market and alternative investment strategies. Picking the brain of just one of the panelists would be illuminating. Hearing their combined thoughts in a panel discussion atmosphere is a rare opportunity.

The Portfolio Practicum class is an experiential learning opportunity unique to the Heider College of Business. Students learn portfolio management techniques and augment classroom lessons on valuation skills while gaining real-world investment practice; this year’s class invested more than $6 million of the University’s endowment.

Genius of Buffett Seminar
The Genius of Warren Buffett is the first of twelve in-depth sessions of the extraordinary life of a financial, management, business and charitable legend. The course is offered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha by the author, Buffett Scholar and worldwide lecturer Robert P. Miles.

The course has been designed for students of all ages including: Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, senior managers, entrepreneurs, private investors, investment professionals, association executives, foundation leaders, corporate directors, family offices and generally for those with a curiosity and fascination of Warren Buffett, to join with UNO graduate students to explore an in-depth evaluation of the life, character, investment, management, business, and charitable career of one of the greatest business leaders of all time.

Course runs 8am – 5pm Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3. Participants may attend optional evening dinner (not included) at various Omaha locations.
Value Investor Conference

A small gathering for the independent thinking investor, where world-class investors meet Warren Buffett CEOs. Geared particularly for the very seasoned and concentrated investor who prefers a more quantitative (numbers and measurable) and qualitative (management and non measurable) approach to selecting investments.

According to Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, “All intelligent investing is value investing.” Therefore, this value and intelligent investor retreat is enjoyed by independent minded investment professionals from around the world representing private investors,certified financial analysts, high net worth individuals, hedge fund managers, family offices, registered investment advisors, stock brokers, financial consultants, security analysts, pension fund consultants, public pension funds, independent trust companies, endowments, foundations, and mutual fund managers.

Seminar is Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5 at University of Nebraska Omaha.

We hear that these seminars can sell out quickly, so make sure to register soon if your’e interested. If we weren’t so busy during Berkshire weekend ourselves, we would attend!

Watch the Becoming Warren Buffett Documentary on Eve of Berkshire Weekend

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

This is an exciting opportunity for those Berkshire Hathaway shareholder traveling to Omaha early.

Our wonderful nonprofit local theater is showing a special screening of the excellent documentary Becoming Warren Buffett.

Becoming Warren Buffett Doc showing

You will need advance tickets to attend the showing at 7pm on Thursday, May 4th.

Tickets are on sale starting TODAY (April 6) by clicking here or visiting www.filmstreams.org/film/warren.

We have talked before on this site about how much we love this documentary. It’s a great insight into Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, and even if you’re not a Berkshire groupie, it’s a moving portrait of a human. We can’t recommend it enough!

The New Meeting Guide is Here!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

This is how I’m feeling today!

The New Phonebooks are Out

I’m not sure what it is about the annual meeting guide’s first appearance in my mailbox each year, but it does make me believe that, in the words of Navin R. Johnson, “I’m somebody now!”

All joking aside, the arrival of the annual meeting guide is always exciting because we get an official rundown of Berkshire Hathaway shareholder weekend fun. And a glimpse of the theme of each year’s meeting. This year’s cover is very fun!

Visitor's Guide Cover 2017

Make sure to peruse the guide online by clicking here or you can always find the guide on the right side of our homepage here at www.borsheimsbrk.com.

Read through it, Berkies, and make sure to ask me any questions you may have.

Today is the day: Call Gorat’s!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

If you want in on one of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders favorite Omaha traditions, make sure to call today and reserve your table at Gorat’s for dinner during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.A photo of the exterior of Gorat's steakhouse

Here’s what Warren Buffett says about the event:
One of Warren’s favorite steakhouses will open Sunday for a private shareholder event. Dinner will be served from 1-10pm. To get a reservation, call 402/551-3733 starting on April 3 (but not before). If Gorat’s happens to be booked on Sunday, try them on any other evening you are in town. They are open Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 11am – 10pm and Saturday from 5 – 10pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made any time for Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the shareholders weekend.
We have never been able to attend the Sunday event at Gorat’s (we’re still wrapping up our Sunday fun at Borsheims at that time), but we’ve eaten at Gorat’s a number of times. It’s great – and sitting a table or two away from Warren Buffett is the cherry on the cake (or the cherry in your root beer float, if that’s more your style).

But call soon – the tables fill up quickly!

Answering your Questions about Credentials…

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
I’m getting a lot of questions about how to get your hands on credentials for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. Let me tackle the most asked-for information:
  • You must have shareholder credentials to attend the weekend’s official events, including the Borsheims cocktail party, Borsheims shareholder-only shopping day, the annual shareholders meeting on Saturday, the Berkyville shopping area in the CenturyLink Center, and to receive the discounts at Borsheims and Nebraska Furniture Mart.
  • You can receive your credentials (up to 4 per shareholder) by filling out a form that came in your annual report from Berkshire Hathaway and mailing that form into Berkshire Hathaway. They’ll then send you your requested credentials in a few weeks.
    • If you didn’t receive an annual report, contact your stockbroker and ask them to send you one.
    • If you still can’t get your hands on an annual report, see the next step.
  • You can get credentials once you arrive in Omaha for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. On Friday, May 5 from 11am to 6pm and Saturday, May 6 from 7am to 4pm, visit the Shareholder Services kiosk inside the CenturyLink Center. Bring a photo ID and proof of stock ownership (like a statement from your broker) and you will be given your credentials.
  • If you still can’t seem to get your credentials, there are always a few ways to gain access:
    • Berkshire Hathaway’s corporate office usually puts some credentials for sale on eBay for about $5 each (to keep scalpers from selling them)
    • Find a shareholder who doesn’t need all four of their credentials and ask them to share.
  • If you are a member of the media, you’ll need to contact Berkshire Hathaway headquarters directly for credentials. Please call them at (402)346-1400. You must go through their office to be credentialed for the weekend’s events.
Hope that helps! We’re excited to see you all in Omaha very soon!

Our Favorite Lines from Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Warren Buffett’s annual must-read letter to shareholders was released this weekend.

I consider it a mini-course in investing, with a strong side of humor – mentioning topics like colonoscopies, the Old Testament, and stockyards.

You can read it here.

But here are a few of my favorite Buffett-isms from this year’s missive. They’re all direct quotes from the letter:

 
  • Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold. When downpours of that sort occur, it’s imperative that we rush outdoors carrying washtubs, not teaspoons. And that we will do.
  • I’ll repeat what I’ve both said in the past and expect to say in future years: Babies born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.
  • My suggestion: Before even discussing repurchases, a CEO and his or her Board should stand, join hands and in unison declare, “What is smart at one price is stupid at another.”
  • If there were ever to be another Ajit and you could swap me for him, don’t hesitate. Make the trade!
  • As Charlie says, it’s great to have a manager with a 160 IQ – unless he thinks it’s 180.
  • We like to make hay while the sun sets, knowing that it will surely rise again.
  • When it comes to wind energy, Iowa is the Saudi Arabia of America.
  • In a couple of instances, I stumbled in assessing either the fidelity or ability of incumbent managers or ones I later put in place. I will commit more errors; you can count on that. Fortunately, Charlie – never bashful – is around to say “no” to my worst ideas.
  • Be aware, though, that it’s the growth of the Berkshire forest that counts. It would be foolish to focus over-intently on any single tree.
  • It is true that we own some stocks that I have no intention of selling for as far as the eye can see (and we’re talking 20/20 vision).
  • What is easy with millions, struggles with billions (sob!)

Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter Coming Saturday

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Clear your calendar. Block off your Saturday. Get your reading glasses cleaned and at-the-ready.

Saturday morning, our esteemed Chairman Warren Buffett is expected to release his annual letter to shareholders. It’s full of details on how Berkshire Hathaway is performing, a general outlook on the world, funny anecdotes and one-liners, and information about this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

In advance of the letter, Berkshire Hathaway already released a little news about the weekend, and it’s big news for our friends in Kansas City and Dallas.

For the first time, Nebraska Furniture Mart will offer the Berkshire Hathaway discounts at ALL their locations – not just the Omaha store.

The meeting will also be live streamed once again, allowing shareholders and non shareholders around the world to get a taste of the meeting.

But we all know that there is no substitute for being in Omaha and experiencing Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend firsthand. So book that trip and get ready. May 6th is approaching quickly.

Berkshire Hathaway Companies By the Numbers

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

We mentioned that the theme for this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting is “Berkshire By the Numbers.”

Walking around the exhibitors hall was a fascinating look into the Berkshire Hathaway businesses.

If you weren’t able to attend the meeting this year, check out these photos in the slideshow. You’ll learn a lot about Berkshire Hathaway – how big it is, the diversity of the business, and lots of fun facts.

 
Created with flickr slideshow.