Berkshire Hathaway acquired a bank for cryptocurrencies

Berkshire Hathaway

In the fourth quarter of 2018, he made many portfolio adjustments, including the acquisition of a crypto-friendly bank.

According to recent SEC filings, Warren Buffett‘s investment business sold shares of Visa and Mastercard, while also buying Nubank, a crypto-friendly Brazilian bank, according to the Financial Times.

  • Buffett, a well-known traditional investor, has been an outspoken opponent of the cryptocurrency industry.
  • In 2018, he referred to bitcoin as “rat poison squared,” and remains one of the few bitcoin naysayers who hasn’t changed his position since then.
  • However, according to the most recent statements that its investment company filed with the SEC, Berkshire Hathaway made a number of changes to its portfolio that can be read as pro-crypto in nature.
  • The firm has maintained its strong banking position while acquiring a neobank in the form of Brazil’s Nubank. Berkshire bought $500 million worth of Nubank in June 2021, and then bought $1 billion worth of Nubank stock in the fourth quarter of that year.
  • Nubank’s investment unit, Nulvest, allows clients to invest in digital asset traded funds (ETFs).
    In addition, Berkshire has sold Visa and Mastercard shares for a total of $1.8 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.
  • Buffett’s partner at Berkshire, Charlie Munger, is also a skeptic who, in recent years, has lamented the creation of digital assets.