Warren: I’m Sorry

June 29th, 2010 by Potato

Sold my BRK.B today. Not that I don’t like Berkshire, I think it’s a great long-term hold, but I needed to raise some cash and it has been defying the downturn of the last few weeks so it looked like the least under-valued thing to sell. Plus, when I bought it in January, it had been underperforming the S&P500 for a few months; now, it’s been outperforming by an even wider spread than I had anticipated. Plus, the Canadian dollar’s down almost 2% today, making selling something in USD slightly more attractive (though my effective transaction costs on selling US equities is 3-4X higher than the effective commissions on Canadian stocks due to the hefty exchange fees TD charges).

Sorry Warren, it’s nothing personal, and I’ll probably be an owner again in the future…

3 Responses to “Warren: I’m Sorry”

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  2. Pedro Says:

    On exchange rates… Consider Norbert’s Gambit if you’re exchanging more than $10,000.

  3. Potato Says:

    I’m definitely not exchanging that much (I originally bought one B-class share, before the split). Even for that amount though, it may be worthwhile (an extra ~$20 in commissions + the spread to save ~$60-75 in forex fees).