Real estate

Corrupt Or Just Stupid? Markets Hand Corporations An Unlimited Credit Card

The crucial thing to understand about credit bubble dynamics is that borrowing money from people desperate to lend and using the proceeds to overpay for assets requires only monkey-level intelligence. So while a bubble is inflating it’s impossible for most of the media, banking and political communities to tell the legitimate operators from the hopelessly corrupt and/or extremely stupid. That’s the world we’ve created by handing monetary printing presses to governments, and by extension to corporate CEOs.

Frontrunning: July 28

  • Fed caution hits dollar as Japan anticipation builds (Reuters)
  • Obama asks U.S. voters to 'carry' Clinton to White House, defeat Trump (Reuters)
  • Democrats skewer Trump (Politico)
  • Obama, Biden Toss Barbs at Trump and Say Clinton Is Only Choice (BBG)
  • Did Donald Trump’s Executives Violate the Cuban Embargo? (BBG)

Insanity In Japan

Of all the developed countries, Japan is in the worst condition economically. Most others, including the United States, are following the same path to insanity though. Unlike Japan, other countries may have time to implement policy changes that will allow them to avoid Japan’s desperate circumstances.

"This One Is Very Surprising" - US Luxury Rental Market Turmoiling As EQR Cuts Guidance For 3rd Time

Those who still assume that US high-paying jobs are doing just fine, the following disclosure from EQR will be disturbing: San Francisco and New York, which account for half of Equity Residential’s projected revenue growth, are seeing a slowdown in hiring for jobs that pay enough to enable renters to afford the new luxury-apartment supply coming in those cities." As Mizuho said "this one is very surprising to us."

Chinese Stocks Sink Over Fears Regulators Will Curb Wealth Management Schemes

Overnight China's Banking Regulatory Commission drafted new rules curbing the nation’s multi-trillion market for wealth management products, which was not taken well by the local stock market, leading to a plunge in stocks in early Chinese trading, before rebounding at the close of trading. China's ChiNext index of smaller companies sank as much as 5.5%.

Frontrunning: July 26

  • Priest killed in French church before police shoot dead hostage-takers (Reuters)
  • On raucous opening night, Democratic stars make a pitch for Clinton (Reuters)
  • Sanders Backs Clinton After Fractious Opening of Convention (BBG)
  • Some in Sanders' army seem determined to march on without him (Reuters)
  • Yen hits two-week high as Japanese stimulus expectations dialled back (Reuters)

Vancouver Finally Cracks Down On Chinese Home Buyers With 15% Real Estate Tax

The British Columbia government finally took our advice to stem hot money inflows into real estate by announcing a 15% transfer tax on foreign nationals who buy real estate in Metro Vancouver.  Finance Minister Mike de Jong unveiled the tax, which will take effect on August 2nd, after recent housing data revealed that foreign nationals spent more than $1 billion on British Columbia property between June 10 and July 14, or a mere $28.6mm per day.

Our Monetary System Favors The Rich & Hurts The Poor

"...This system stays in place because people do not understand its detrimental and fatal consequences such as an unfair redistribution, business cycles, poverty, bigger government, moral decay, and so on... In order to un-do this system we must convince people of all this. The problem here is that our monetary system and monetary theory is quite complex."

It's Official: Verizon To Acquire Yahoo Core Assets For $4.8 Billion

Almost a decade after Microsoft made an unsolicited bid to acquire Yahoo for $50 billion, moments ago Verizon confirmed recent rumors that it would acquire Yahoo operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, far below initial estimates floated several months ago that the segment could sell for as much as $10 billion. So how much does Marissa Meyer collect for "creating value" at the company during her 5 year tenure? Somewhere around $300 million.

US Futures Unchanged As Europe Stocks Rise; Strong Dollar Pressures Oil

There has been little notable market moves overnight, with the record rally in the S&P500 set to continue and European stocks climbing as German IFO business confidence proved more resilient than economists predicted in the month after Britain voted to leave the European Union, falling less than expected from 108.7 to 108.3, above the 107.5 consensus, with expectations printing at 102.2 above the 101.2 expected. Bonds fell with gold as the dollar gained before central bank meetings in the U.S. and Japan this week.

Foreign Buyers Continue to Inflate Global Residential Real Estate Bubbles - This Will End Badly

We have frequently talked about the negative future consequences of hot international money chasing “safe” foreign real estate investments. As such, our interests were piqued to discover that the average price paid by Chinese investors in US residential real estate for 2016 continued its meteoric rise to $937k from $832k in 2015, a mere 20% CAGR since 2011 vs. only 4% for the U.S. market overall. They must see something the rest of us are missing.