Thursday, September 23, 2010

Superior Gold Group - US is still in recession, says Warren Buffett

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said US economy remains in recession , disputing this week's assessment by a leading arbiter of economic activity that downturn ended more than a year ago. "We're still in recession," Buffett said on Thursday. "We're not going to be out of it for a while, but we will get out."

On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research said the world's largest economy ended an 18-month recession in June 2009, but cautioned that its assessment did not mean normal activity had resumed . Buffett said he defines a recession differently from the NBER, saying it ends when real per capita GDP returns to its pre-downturn level.
President Barack Obama said that economic weakness is "still very real" for the millions of Americans who are out of work, have seen the value of their homes fall, or are mired in debt. Buffett, 80, runs Berkshire Hathaway Inc which has roughly 80 operating businesses . "A great majority" of these businesses are "coming back slowly," he said.

Berkshire's operations cover a broad swath of the economy, including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, Dairy Queen ice cream, Geico auto insurance , and luxury jewelers such as Borsheim's . Shipments at Burlington Northern are "61% of the way back," Buffett said. "Our carpet business, our brick business, our insulation business, they're not back 61%, they are moving back."

On Tuesday, the US Federal Reserve, which has already driven short-term lending rates to near zero, said it is prepared to provide additional stimulus to avert possible deflation. "We've used up a lot of bullets," Buffett said. "And we talk about stimulus. But the truth is, we're running a federal deficit that's 9% of GDP. That is stimulative as all get out." Buffett's $45 billion net worth makes him the second-richest American, trailing only Microsoft Corp cofounder Bill Gates.