Berkshire Hathaway

Is Kraft Heinz Eying Colgate-Palmolive?

Colgate-Palmolive CEO Ian Cook earlier this month signaled interest in selling the company for $100 a share, suggesting a strong possibility that a friendly deal for the company could be struck reasonably soon, Smith School professor David Kass says. He predicted such a move in February. More recently, he described to TheStreet why Colgate-Palmolive could be attractive to Kraft Heinz, 3G Capital or Berkshire Hathaway. Read more...

Healthcare, Not the Tax Code, Is Drag on U.S. Firms

Health insurance – not the U.S. tax code – is "crippling our business around the world," Warren Buffett said during Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting last weekend. Buffett said business leaders would be smart to shift their focus away from their tax bills and toward healthcare costs, which have been rising at an alarming rate, devouring profits. He blasted the recently passed U.S. House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and touted the broad benefits of a single-payer or universal type of health coverage for all U.S. citizens. David Kass, clinical professor of Finance and longtime Buffett watcher, shares his views. Read more...

Smith Students Join Buffett, Gates on Fox Business

Finance students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business shared a virtual platform on May 5, 2014, with two of the most successful individuals in business.

The setting was Omaha, Neb., where Fox Business Network conducted an hourlong Warren Buffett interview to culminate its coverage of the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. Microsoft cofounder and Berkshire shareholder Bill Gates joined the conversation in the studio, while about 35 Smith undergraduates participated remotely from a University of Maryland classroom.

Smith Students Attend Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business finance faculty members David Kass and Elinda F. Kiss and eight Smith undergraduates recently traveled to Omaha, Neb., to attend the annual shareholder meeting for Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate holding company chaired by Warren Buffett.

Kass, who writes a blog about Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, described the event as an “eye-opening” experience into the investment world for the students, while Kiss said it was a great opportunity for students to learn what a shareholders meetings is like.

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