Details from Bloomberg News:
Warren Buffett, the billionaire who urged Congress in 2009 to guard against inflation, said investors should avoid long-term fixed-income bets in U.S. dollars because the currency’s purchasing power will decline.
“I would recommend against buying long-term fixed-dollar investments,” Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said today in New Delhi. “If you ask me if the U.S. dollar is going to hold its purchasing power fully at the level of 2011, 5 years, 10 years or 20 years from now, I would tell you it will not.”
Buffett, 80, has shortened the duration of Omaha, Nebraska- based Berkshire’s bond holdings since 2009 as the U.S. Federal Reserve eased monetary policy to stimulate the economy. Over the same period, he has added to cash holdings and committed more than $35 billion to company takeovers.
“I would much rather own businesses,” he said. “It’s very easy to take away the value of fixed-dollar investments.”