Warren Buffett News: "The financial panic is behind Us"

Warren Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway's own (NYSE:BRK.A) Warren Buffett who holds the crown as the world's 2nd wealthiest man has declared "the financial panic is behind us."

Buffett, 79, nevertheless said there is greater opportunity for investments inside the United States than outside, noting that the U.S. economy is far larger than any other.

Last month, preliminary government data showed the U.S. economy expanded in the third quarter, the first three-month period of growth since the second quarter of 2008.

Nonetheless, the U.S. unemployment rate last month reached 10.2 percent, the first double-digit reading in 26 years.

Buffett last week made a big bet on the economy when his Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to pay about $26.4 billion for the 77 percent of railroad company Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp that it did not already own.

Separately, Buffett advised the government not to coddle companies that need federal bailouts to survive or to preserve sufficient capital. "More sticks are called for," he said.

SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=9067400

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