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Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway is looking at an investment in Canada

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OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett said that Berkshire Hathaway is looking into an investment in Canada.

“We do not feel uncomfortable in any shape or form putting our money into Canada,” he told an arena full of investors Saturday. “In fact, we’re actually looking at one thing now.”

The billionaire investor has placed bets in the country in the past. He’s previously taken a roughly $300 million position in Home Capital Group that investors took as a vote of confidence in the troubled Canadian mortgage underwriter.

The “Oracle of Omaha” said during the annual shareholder meeting that he does not expect to make significant bets outside the U.S., saying his recent investments in Japanese trading houses were a compelling exception. But Buffett noted the similarity in operations between the Canada and the U.S.

“There’s a lot of countries we don’t understand at all,” Buffett said. “So, Canada, it’s terrific when you’ve got a major economy, not the size of the U.S., but a major economy that you feel confident about operating there.”

Warren Buffett walks the floor and meets with Berkshire Hathaway shareholders ahead of their annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on May 3rd, 2024.
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Buffett did not reveal the specific company he’s looking at north of the border or whether it was public or private.

“Obviously, there aren’t as many big companies up there as there are in the United States,” Buffett said. “There are things we actually can do fairly well that Canada could benefit from Berkshire’s participation.”

Canada’s S&P/TSX Composite Index is up about 5% this year. The economy has large financial and commodity industries.

The Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting is exclusively broadcast on CNBC and livestreamed on CNBC.com.

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