Smart investors are currently taking advantage of the market sell-off to buy stocks at discounted prices.
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett has built his fame by not only beating the returns of the S&P 500 significantly, but also by driving returns in challenging market environments. The trend seems to have continued as Berkshire Hathaway has outperformed the S&P over the last year.
Warren Buffett is known for his value style of investing, and the safe stocks that he tends to pick have helped him beat the market over the past few decades. You don't need to look any further than the current market to see how safe stocks can power your portfolio under challenging circumstances, and Warren Buffett sees the same market. Conditions over the past few months compelled his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A)(NYSE: BRK.B), to invest in eight new positions, including Ally Financial (NYSE: ALLY).