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During the depths of the financial crisis, Warren Buffett plunked down $5 billion dollars on Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS). It’s reported that this investment has returned nearly $4 billion as some sense of normality has returned to Goldman’s valuation.   

 

Also during the financial crisis, Warren Buffett sold put options on the S&P 500. A put option is a contract that allows an investor to buy or sell an asset at a certain price on or before a specific date. So when Buffett sold put options on the S&P 500, he agreed that if the S&P 500 falls below a certain level, he will pay out.   

 

Reports are that Berkshire Hathaway could be dinged for as much as $63 billion if these put option contracts go against Buffett. But it’s also reported that Buffett took in $9 billion when he sold the puts.