As the US teeters on the brink of recession and most investors remain sidelined by the credit crunch, Warren Buffett is poised to spend more than $40 billion to scoop up bargains. Berkshire Hathaway rose 22% over the last 12 months while other stocks sputtered, and now, Bloomberg reports, the company is one of the few with the cash on hand to profit from a bear market.
This week, Buffett committed $6.5 billion to help Mars overtake Wrigley, a deal that no banks or private equity firms were able to make. The world's richest man is now poised to continue the buying spree, netting substantial discounts in a tough market. "Buffett has the liquidity that others are lacking," said one fund manager. "The disruptions work in his favor. This is a perfect market for Berkshire."