But he does like one bank in particular for the long-term, crisis or no crisis — Bank of America (BAC).
“We’re very cautious… about ownership of banks and we do remain with one bank… I like Bank of America and I like the management,” Buffett said at the shareholder gathering in Omaha, Nebraska.
Buffett has a long history with Bank of America.
The ‘Oracle of Omaha’ injected $5 billion into Bank of America in 2011. It wasn’t solely a bet on Bank of America’s leadership position, but also in the steady hand of CEO Brian Moynihan.
Moynihan remains CEO of BofA and has overseen impressive growth at the systemically important bank. Shares have surged about 185% since that 2011 deal with Berkshire.
Today, Buffett has a 13% stake in Bank of America.
The vote of confidence in BofA comes against the backdrop of headline-grabbing bank busts. And as Buffett has sold tens of billions of dollars worth of bank stocks in the last several years.
Regional bank PacWest (PACW) is now in focus by investors for a potential collapse.
The crisis commenced in March with the downfalls of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature, and Credit Suisse.
Year to date, the KBW Bank Index has shed 25%.
“We don’t know where shareholders of banks are going,” Buffett said, noting shareholders in bad banks deserve to be wiped out.
“Banking can have all kinds of new inventions, but it needs to have old values,” added Buffett.