How to buy Berkshire Hathaway shares

Berkshire Hathaway shares have increased 1.44% from their previous closing price ($409.25). Learn how to easily invest in Berkshire Hathaway shares in the UK.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRK.B) is a publicly traded insurance - diversified business based in the US which employs around 383,000 staff. Berkshire Hathaway is listed on the NYSE and traded in US dollars. Its current price of $415.16 is 11.6% up on its price a month ago ($372.14).

How to buy shares in Berkshire Hathaway

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  2. Open your account. Provide your personal information and sign up.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: BRK.B in this case.
  5. Research shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your shares. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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Alternative ways to invest in Berkshire Hathaway

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including Berkshire Hathaway), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

Berkshire Hathaway is a major part of the NYSE, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Is it a good time to buy Berkshire Hathaway stock?

Only you can make the decision on the time to leap... but here's some supporting information and analysis.

Use our graph to track the performance of BRK.B stocks over time.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Berkshire Hathaway's shares have ranged in value from as little as $292.42 up to $411.11. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BRK-B.US volatility(beta: 0.88)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Berkshire Hathaway's is 0.883. This would suggest that Berkshire Hathaway's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Historical closes compared with the last close of $415.16

1 week (2024-02-15)2.26%
1 month (2024-01-22)11.56%
3 months (2023-11-21)14.75%
6 months (2023-08-22)17.19%
1 year (2023-02-22)36.98%
2 years (2022-02-22)33.93%
3 years (2021-02-22)69.09%
5 years (2019-02-21)105.62%

The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is Berkshire Hathaway under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value. Check out the Berkshire Hathaway P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

Berkshire Hathaway's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, Berkshire Hathaway shares trade at around 12x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

However, Berkshire Hathaway's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the insurance - diversified industry or those of similar companies.

Berkshire Hathaway's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 10.0559. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Berkshire Hathaway's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Berkshire Hathaway's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Berkshire Hathaway's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $109.9 billion (£86.7 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Berkshire Hathaway's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.

What's Berkshire Hathaway's ESG track record?

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Berkshire Hathaway.

Overall Berkshire Hathaway ESG score

Berkshire Hathaway's total ESG risk: 19.08

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Berkshire Hathaway's overall score of 19.08 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Berkshire Hathaway is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Berkshire Hathaway's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Berkshire Hathaway's environmental score: 3.6/100

Berkshire Hathaway's environmental score of 3.6 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Berkshire Hathaway's social score: 7.75/100

Berkshire Hathaway's social score of 7.75 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Berkshire Hathaway's governance score: 17.22/100

Berkshire Hathaway's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Berkshire Hathaway's controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Berkshire Hathaway scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Berkshire Hathaway has managed to keep its nose clean.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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