Real estate

Creative Destruction Versus Government Fixes

"...in real capitalism, overcapacity and too much debt could have been prevented by periodic cleanups - what Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction." ...The problem is that, since the early 1930s, nobody ever tried to do this because the political and social impact of that scenario would have been devastating."

San Fran Politician Considers Legislation To Tax Robots

"We need to think about investments in our society that don’t exacerbate the wealth and income gaps that we already see today.  We don’t want to become a third-world country where there’s a big divide between the very rich and very poor."

Ralph Lauren To Close Flagship Fifth Avenue Store; Cut Jobs

The retail massacre claimed its latest victim this morning when iconic luxury retailer Ralph Lauren said it would shut its flagship Polo store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, among other office and store locations, and cut jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan.

Frontrunning: April 3

  • Buying a Home This Spring Will Be Hardest in Years (WSJ)
  • Senate showdown likely over Gorsuch confirmation (Reuters)
  • ‘Nuclear’ Bid to Confirm Gorsuch May Radically Change Washington (BBG)
  • Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, flies into Iraq with top U.S. general (Reuters)
  • Solid Asia factory growth caps a strong first quarter but outlook cloudy (Reuters)

"A Lot Of News Over The Last 72 Hours But None Having A Dramatic Effect On Trading"

Markets seem more concerned about missing the upside associated w/a final tax deal than they are about being caught long on a tax disappointment, thus for the time being headlines such as “Trump and Ryan discuss taxes” or “tax plan makes progress in Washington” will help to buoy stocks more than “Trump has neither a clear WH tax plan nor adequate staff yet to see through a planned tax reform” will hurt them.

This Economy Is Ruined For Many Americans

In the dazzling glitter and excitement of soaring asset prices that central banks around the world, and particularly the Fed, have tried so hard to engineer, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has those assets, that a lot of people can’t get “rich” just sitting on inflated assets, that they have to work long hours in measly jobs just to stay one paycheck ahead of hunger and homelessness.

The American Dream, Twice Removed

"The demise of America comes in small steps. But it’s unstoppable. The same is true for every other housing bubble. When no-one can afford to buy a home anymore but a bunch of Russians and Chinese, rental prices surge. And then shortly after that the whole thing goes up in smoke."