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Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) - All you need to know
Ways to invest in Berkshire Hathaway
The best place to start is to sign up with an online broker. A broker is a service that lets you buy and sell stocks and most platforms are very easy to sign up with. With a few clicks and a deposit you can get started.
It is often a good idea to take some time to think about the other options available as well. Particularly with Berkshire Hathaway, which has a couple of different share types. All the other methods are covered in more detail below, while these links take you to individual pages which detail numerous other ways to invest.
What is Berkshire Hathaway?
Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company run by billionaire investor Warren Buffett. It owns lots of other companies, as Buffett is famous for snapping up undervalued businesses with long track records of success, such as Coca-Cola, American Express, and Kraft Heinz. Berkshire Hathaway has never ‘split’ its stock, which combined with its growth explains why it’s the most expensive publicly traded stock in history.
While that stock price will look intimidating to many, there are other ways you can get a piece of Berkshire Hathaway. Before you get started, think about taking our course on the different types of stock investments, which teaches you what’s out there and the pros and cons of each.
How to invest in Berkshire Hathaway
You can invest in Berkshire Hathaway stock in lots of different ways. Below we’ve listed them and you can learn more by following the links, which have more information on each method.
- Stock brokers. The simplest way to is usually to buy shares through an online stock broker. However, Berkshire Hathaway’s sky-high stock price can make that a difficult process for many investors, because you can’t own a fraction of a share.
- Class B stock. Fortunately, Berkshire Hathaway has a second class of shares known as ‘B’ stock, which doesn’t follow the strict rules of the ‘A’ stock. Its price tends to fluctuate in the same way but it is a lot cheaper and can be a good way of owning a piece of the company if you don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spare.
- Mutual funds. A mutual fund is a method that pools money together from many different investors. A fund manager takes that money and puts it in a variety of stocks, with the goal of making money for all of the fund’s investors over the long haul. A mutual fund can be a great way to get around the challenge of Berkshire Hathaway’s high stock price.
- Exchange-traded funds. ETFs trade like individual stocks, which makes them easy to buy. Their big advantage is that they enable you to own shares of many different stocks at once. Many ETFs hold shares of Berkshire Hathaway, so an ETF can be a good way to make money, while still diversifying and spreading out your risk.
- CFDs. Contracts for difference are another way of getting around the fact that Berkshire Hathaway is so expensive. With a CFD, you don’t own the share itself. Instead, you use them to predict price movements. They are generally used by day traders who take advantage of volatile stocks by making lots of trades.
- Trusts. A trust is a closed-end method that’s used by numerous UK residents. It works like a fund, where the manager decides which stocks to invest in, so a trust lets you have an interest in lots of different companies.
- ISAs. An Individual Savings Account is a tax-free savings account that you can use to get stocks and shares without paying tax. The amount you can put aside in ISA is capped – at £20,000 per year in the UK – and many countries offer something similar.
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