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"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." -- Senator Everett Dirksen

Something tells me we aren't in Omaha anymore!

It's melting, it's melting!

Specifically,

Berkshire Hathaway's

(BRK.A) - Get Report

investment portfolio

and derivative position continue to melt.

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According to my calculation -- Berkshire's year-end book value was $109.5 billion --

Berkshire Hathaway

has experienced nearly another $3 billion pretax loss today, which includes a pretax loss of $1.75 billion in Buffett's investment portfolio and another $1.15 billion pretax loss in his short put position.

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Know What You Own: Berkshire Hathaway holds large stakes in stocks such as Wesco Financial (WSC) - Get Report, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNI) , Moody's (MCO) - Get Report, Washington Post (WPO) , USG Corporation (USG) and American Express (AXP) - Get Report. For more on the value of knowing what you own, visit

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At the time of publication, Kass and/or his funds had no positions in the stocks mentioned, although holdings can change at any time.

Doug Kass is founder and president of Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., and the general partner and investment manager of Seabreeze Partners Short LP and Seabreeze Partners Long/Short LP.