Buffett’s Alpha

Andrea Frazzini, David Kabiller, Lasse Heje Pedersen

Publikation: Working paperForskning


Berkshire Hathaway has a higher Sharpe ratio than any stock or mutual fund with a history of more than 30 years and Berkshire has a significant alpha to traditional risk factors. However, we find that the alpha become statistically insignificant when controlling for exposures to Betting-Against-Beta and quality factors. We estimate that Berkshire’s average leverage is about 1.6-to-1 and that it relies on unusually low-cost and stable sources of financing. Berkshire’s returns can thus largely be explained by the use of leverage combined with a focus on cheap, safe, quality stocks. We find that Berkshire’s portfolio of publicly-traded stocks outperform private companies, suggesting that Buffett’s returns are more due to stock selection than to a direct effect on management.
UdgivelsesstedNew Haven, CT
UdgiverYale University
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 29 aug. 2012


  • Portfolio Management
  • Equity Portfolio Management Strategies