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    IT"S OVER!!! BUFFETT Says ‘Credit Crisis Has Abated’ as Profit Triples

    Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said “the credit crisis has abated,” bolstering the firm’s earnings potential after Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett agreed to pay $26 billion and take on debt to fund his biggest takeover.

    Improvements in the creditworthiness of U.S. companies helped triple third-quarter profit, announced by Berkshire in a Nov. 6 filing, and provide a cushion for Buffett as he buys railroad Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. Berkshire made the comment on credit markets in the same filing, saying that “interest rates for investment grade issuers relative to government obligations have declined.”

    Refinancing costs for municipalities and the riskiest corporate borrowers plunged, reducing the chance Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire will have to pay out on protection it sold against defaults. After a second straight profit increase, Berkshire is risking its AAA credit grade by borrowing about $8 billion for the purchase of Fort Worth, Texas-based Burlington, a deal Buffett called an “all-in wager” on the U.S. economy.

    “He’s clearly talking from the position of a guy that has his finger on the pulse of the world economy,” said Jeff Matthews, the author of “Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett’s Omaha” and founder of the hedge fund Ram Partners LP. “If he were still worried about credit markets he wouldn’t be doing this. It does say something for this guy to put that much money on a bet on the U.S. economy.”

    The acquisition of Burlington, the biggest U.S. railroad, comes after 12 months in which declining sales at Berkshire’s retailing, manufacturing and jet-leasing units forced the firm to cut jobs and close plants. The takeover will bring $10 billion of assumed debt and add about 40,000 employees to a Berkshire workforce that already totals more than 200,000.

    ‘Money to Work’

    “It’s time to take a little more risk,” said Gerald Martin, a finance professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington. “He’s now saying ‘OK, if it’s now abating, then it’s time to put money to work rather than keeping it for a rainy day.’”

    Buffett, the second-richest American, positioned Berkshire to weather the contraction in the U.S. economy by stockpiling $44 billion in cash. Starting in 2008, when corporate borrowing costs surged, he drew on that hoard to finance Goldman Sachs Group Inc., General Electric Co., Swiss Reinsurance Co. and the Mars Inc. takeover of chewing-gum maker Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

    Berkshire’s third-quarter profit was fueled by payments from those investments and improved bond prices that allowed the firm to reverse losses on the protection it sold against bad loans through credit-default swap contracts. Net income surged to $3.24 billion from $1.06 billion a year earlier as the swaps produced a $1.44 billion gain.

    Corporate Debt

    Demand for the lowest-rated securities drove junk bonds to their eighth

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    Whew!, i was starting to get worried there for a sec.

    Im off to the mall to spend my unemployment check on X-mas gifts for all you RP forum members, you guys like socks?

    Thanks for letting us know Mr. Buffet

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    Home Depot is canceling their entire consumer credit card program. Yep, the credit crisis is over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacelli View Post
    Home Depot is canceling their entire consumer credit card program. Yep, the credit crisis is over.

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