Will Buffett Follow Apple's Lead?

The following video is part of this week's MarketFoolery podcast, in which host Chris Hill, along with Jason Moser and Bill Barker, discuss the latest business news. For a long time, Apple was seen as one of the biggest, cash-rich companies that was not paying a dividend. That changed earlier this week, when Apple announced it will begin paying a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share. In this segment, the guys discuss whether Berkshire Hathaway will be the next to step up and begin paying a dividend.

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  • Report this Comment On March 22, 2012, at 1:34 PM, Apacheman15 wrote:

    People who invest in Berkshire do so primarily because they feel Buffett is arguably the greatest investor of our time. As a Berkshire shareholder, why would I want a dividend in lieu of letting the greatest investor of all time re-invest that money? While it is true that Berkshire always has lots of cash on hand, it is this very fact that allows Buffett to buy companies (either wholly or in stock puchases) at bargain prices. As long as Buffett is at the helm, I doubt seriously Berkshire will ever pay a dividend. I hope I am correct.

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