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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2019, 05:03:56 AM »
I noticed it as well.  I don't know what condition causes it.  Parkinson's may be the most widely known, but there are several conditions that could cause his hand to shake like that.  I doubt it was anxiety from public speaking, but even that is a possibility.  I do not think he suffers from the serious malady that his son has.

Here'e hoping it is not anything too serious.  Ajit has already made a big difference in Berkshire's insurance operations since taking over leadership of the entire thing.  BHSI, General Re, Three, etc.  It was nice to see him so Buffett-like with numbers off the top of his head for Progressive, GEICO, etc.  I hope we have him for at least another decade. 

I definitely see Greg Abel as the primary CEO after Warren though.  And he also seemed very well suited.  We are lucky to have both


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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2019, 05:18:47 AM »
Well, if he really do have Parkinsonís or some conditions like that. He will have consistently shaking hands and he would have hided it, ie put on hand in his pocket.
 He seems surprised himself his hands were shaking and wasnít quite sure what to do about it. So it seems to me it happened accidentally.

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2019, 06:21:17 AM »
Carole Loomis presciently flagged something like this a few years ago. Donít fret over Buffettís longevity, worry about the next guy.

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2019, 10:10:30 AM »
Well, if he really do have Parkinsonís or some conditions like that. He will have consistently shaking hands and he would have hided it, ie put on hand in his pocket.
 He seems surprised himself his hands were shaking and wasnít quite sure what to do about it. So it seems to me it happened accidentally.

My pastime is doing live sound for talks, kids plays etc. A classic sign of nervousness is holding the microphone far away from the mouth. Ajit held it at about his waist level. Why as a guy running the sound board we donít like hand held cordless microphone. Best attached to a stand. On that note they havenít gotten the spotlight correct at the meeting. Both Greg and Ajit were in the dark, shadows or not even in the tv monitor etc. This has been a recurring issue in the past.

All that said Jain was succinct, more like Munger than Buffett and summed it up by saying Insurance calcs are subjective. Ainít no books written about the methodology. Heíll make a good man in future meetings.

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2019, 06:19:01 PM »
Anyone in the group ever addressed 16,000 people and countless via internet webcast?  I noticed it more as nervousness but health is always a concern.  Heres to hoping leadership at Berkshire has Alligator blood in their veins.

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2019, 07:59:21 PM »
Anyone in the group ever addressed 16,000 people and countless via internet webcast?  I noticed it more as nervousness but health is always a concern.  Heres to hoping leadership at Berkshire has Alligator blood in their veins.
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Make that 45000 people who are used to getting Buffett and Munger answering questions. I would add that thereís typically nothing further to add or enhance the answer provided.

Somewhat of a high bar to overcome. If the poor bastard was nervous, itís not that hard to understand.

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #36 on: May 08, 2019, 07:03:03 AM »
He sounded fine and relaxed on the audio/podcast version.  Maybe had too much coffee or something.

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2019, 07:24:25 AM »
Hunger would cause it too.
Like I said, he appeared to be surprised himself and was trying to control it while also answering the question. So itís not a known condition. I suspect he was as scared himself as everyone else, lol

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Re: Berkshire Hathaway - Insurance Operations
« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2019, 07:19:42 AM »
Well, if he really do have Parkinsonís or some conditions like that. He will have consistently shaking hands and he would have hided it, ie put on hand in his pocket.
 He seems surprised himself his hands were shaking and wasnít quite sure what to do about it. So it seems to me it happened accidentally.

My pastime is doing live sound for talks, kids plays etc. A classic sign of nervousness is holding the microphone far away from the mouth. Ajit held it at about his waist level. Why as a guy running the sound board we donít like hand held cordless microphone. Best attached to a stand. On that note they havenít gotten the spotlight correct at the meeting. Both Greg and Ajit were in the dark, shadows or not even in the tv monitor etc. This has been a recurring issue in the past.

All that said Jain was succinct, more like Munger than Buffett and summed it up by saying Insurance calcs are subjective. Ainít no books written about the methodology. Heíll make a good man in future meetings.

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