Thursday, July 03, 2014

Warren Buffett's 5 Largest Stock Holdings

Want to be a successful investor? Then maybe you should follow in the footsteps of the top successful investor and billionaire, Warren Buffett. Top money managers come and go but Buffett and his company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) have stood the test of time. That's how he became the richest, second richest, and third richest man in the world, depending on what day it is. (He takes turns with Bill Gates and Carlos Slim.)

So there are a couple ways of doing what Buffett does.

1. You can buy Berkshire stock, if you want to pay $193,600 per share.

2. You can buy the B Shares of Berkshire (BRK-B) which are trading around $129 per share.

3. You can look at Buffett's holdings and pick and choose what you think are his best holdings.

4. Or last but not least, and the easiest way, instead of second guessing Warren, is to just invest in his five largest holdings.

So what are the 'big five'?

Wells Fargo (WFC)
Berkshire owns $23 billion of this stock

Coca Cola (KO)
$15.4 billion ownership or 14.6% of the company's outstanding shares

American Express (AXP)
$13.6 billion ownership or 12.9%

$13 billion ownership or 12.1%

Wal-Mart (WMT)
$4.4 billion ownership or 4.2%

Now you know how to invest like a billionaire.

To see more of Warren Buffett's stockholdings, go to

Disclosure: Author owns KO.



Anonymous said...

One can plan to do the opposite of Warren Buffett and do a lot better:

1. Don't plan to hold stocks forever.
2. Don't keep buying and average down.
3. Some of the best stocks have high P/E's.
4. Look at charts.
5. Don't worry about who the manager is; just assume if it's a public company, they are all crooks.
6. Diversify.
7. Go to cash when necessary.
8. Don't worry about taxes; better to have a gain.
9. Pay attention to the general economy and the stock market averages.
10. When the market is headed down, nothing is going to work. Don't hold stocks that are going down.

Stockerblog said...

These are all good suggestions. However, beating Warren Buffett's average annual return of 22% is pretty difficult for most investors. He has outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of 60 over the last 40 years.