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Warren Buffett Seeks Fed Leeway to Boost Stake in Bank of America Past 10%

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  • Berkshire ‘may decide’ to add shares of Bank of America
  • Filing says Buffett will remain passive investor in lender
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is seeking permission from the Federal Reserve to potentially increase its stake in Bank of America Corp. to more than 10%, a level that often triggers a regulatory review. The bank’s shares rallied.

Berkshire, which disclosed in July that it had hit that threshold, filed an application with the Fed in recent weeks making a variety of assurances to show that it will passively invest in the bank, according to a copy of the application provided by the regulator.