|Bid||124.49 x 1000|
|Ask||124.54 x 1200|
|Day's Range||124.37 - 124.73|
|52 Week Range||99.30 - 130.15|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.97|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.43%|
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As we discussed in the last three parts of this series, renowned billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) has increased its bets on the banking sector. The company added more shares (IYF) in Bank of America (BAC), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and Goldman Sachs Group (GS) to its portfolio. Now let’s look at a new addition to Berkshire Hathaway’s top ten holdings list that’s also from the banking sector.
So far in this series, we’ve looked at Warrant Buffet’s investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A)(BRK.B), top five investments in the third quarter. While Apple (AAPL) remained Berkshire’s top holding, Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) were its biggest banking-sector holdings. Now let’s take a look at Berkshire Hathaway’s other key banking-sector (IYF) investments.
In the previous part of this series, we looked at how investment pioneer Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) added about 522,902 more Apple (AAPL) shares in its portfolio in the third quarter. Now let’s see how Buffett’s top two bank holdings (IYF) changed in the last quarter.
A healthy job market and a steady hike in wages have increased the spending power of consumers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate declined 20 basis points in September to 3.7%, the lowest level since December 1969. An improving GDP growth rate is creating a favorable business environment for Mastercard. In the second quarter, the US GDP grew 4.2%, almost double the 2.2% increase registered in the first quarter. This growth rate was the highest since the third quarter of 2014.
An improving GDP growth rate, a healthy job market, and a steady hike in wages have increased the spending power of consumers. The US GDP grew 4.2% in the second quarter, which was almost double the 2.2% increase registered in the first quarter.
Rising borrowing costs are not necessarily a cause for concern as rising interest rates typically go hand in hand with a growing economy, and financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds may do especially well in this type of environment. "When yields experience large changes in short periods of time, stocks can struggle to digest the moves," Bernstein's Noah Weisberger said in a note, according to CNBC. "So long as signs continue to point to a growth-driven move in yields, we think that over the medium term, stocks will fare well," Weisberger added.
A healthy job market and steady growth in wages have led to an increase in consumers’ disposable income and spending power. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in August was 3.9%. The current unemployment rate is hovering around 3.7%, its lowest level since the 1960s.
Improving GDP growth, a healthy job market, and steady wage growth have increased the disposable income of consumers, thereby giving them greater spending power. The US GDP grew 4.1% in the second quarter of 2018, which was almost double the 2.2% increase registered in the first quarter. The growth rate was the highest since the third quarter of 2014.