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COVID-19 Will Stress Berkshire

But the crisis will also accelerate the company's evolution from a reinvestment machine to one returning more capital to shareholders.

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It has been a tough decade for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)/(BRK.B), which came out of the 2008-09 global financial crisis in solid shape. Having seen little impact from that event, the insurer was able to put a meaningful amount of capital to work in a handful of very lucrative investments while acquiring BNSF Railway and dedicating capital to Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s internal and external investments.

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Greggory Warren does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.