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Municipal Market A “Terrible Problem” Says Warren Buffet

Municipal Market A “Terrible Problem” Says Warren Buffet

Warren Buffett Testifies At Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Hearing

Courtesy of Bondsquawk

The $2.8 trillion municipal market concerns Warren Buffet, the Chairman for Berkshire Hathaway as states may face defaults in the months ahead according to a Bloomberg article.

Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has been trimming its investment in municipal debt, predicted a “terrible problem” for the bonds in coming years.

“There will be a terrible problem and then the question becomes will the federal government help,” Buffett, 79, said today at a hearing of the U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in New York. “I don’t know how I would rate them myself. It’s a bet on how the federal government will act over time.”

Berkshire’s investment portfolio included municipal bonds valued at less than $3.9 billion as of March 31, down from more than $4.7 billion at the end of 2008. The company had a maximum of $16 billion at risk in derivatives tied to such debt, according to the company’s annual report for 2009.

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