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COVID-19 Will Stress Berkshire

But the crisis will also accelerate the company's evolution from a reinvestment machine to one returning more capital to shareholders.

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It has been a tough decade for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)/(BRK.B), which came out of the 2008-09 global financial crisis in solid shape. Having seen little impact from that event, the insurer was able to put a meaningful amount of capital to work in a handful of very lucrative investments while acquiring BNSF Railway and dedicating capital to Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s internal and external investments.

Greggory Warren does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.