Warren Buffett Says Now Is the Right Time to Buy U.S. Equities

By Alan Purkiss

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — Warren Buffett said he’s buying U.S. stocks and, if prices stay attractive, his personal investments, as distinct from his stake in Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will soon be wholly in American equities.

Writing in the New York Times, he said he’s following the principle: be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.

Exaggerated concern about the long-term prosperity of the many sound U.S. companies is foolish, and most will probably be setting profit records in years to come, Buffett said.

While short-term stock-market movements can’t be foretold, the likelihood is that the market will recover before the economy or general investor sentiment do so, and “if you wait for the robins, spring will be over,” he said.

Referring to the 1930s depression, Buffett pointed out that the Dow reached its nadir on July 8, 1932; economic conditions continued to deteriorate until Franklin Roosevelt became president in March, 1933, but by that time the market had climbed 30 percent.

Bad news, Buffett concluded, is an investor’s best friend, for it enables you to buy “a slice of America’s future at a marked-down price.”

Last Updated: October 17, 2008 05:21 EDT

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