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Minimum Wages Set to Rise in 2019 in these 20 States, “Fight for $15” Battle Continues, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow Opposed

December 20th, 2018 Comments off

 

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There is a measure of joy among tens of thousands of workers in 20 states about the coming rise in minimum wage that will occur in 2019.   But wages have been rising naturally at the national level at the highest pace in years.  How much a worker makes can, as manufactured home retail and community professionals know, make a difference if a prospective customer qualifies for a purchase or residency – or not.

 

So, the issue matters to industry professionals, businesses, and to consumers alike.

 

Below is a list of the wage hikes courtesy of right-of-center Fox Business and data compiled by the Employment Policies Institute.

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It is worth noting this video interview which was cut just days before the midterms, which concludes with National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow’s view for calls for a national minimum wage.  What makes this interesting as a retrospective is that certain predictions that Kudlow made pre-election about the impact of a flip of the House of Representatives to Democratic control are arguably coming to pass.  Kudlow was confident that the GOP would retain the Senate, but was not predicting that for the House.  Kudlow spent years with left-of-center CNBC, and served during the Reagan Administration as a young economist.

 

 

Wages Set to Rise

Workers in 20 states will see minimum wages rise between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Additionally, 23 localities will be raising rates, according to a list compiled by the conservative-leaning Employment Policies Institute,” said Fox Business this week.

Eighteen states raised minimum wages in January 2018, while two additional states will do so in July.

It’s worth noting that these variations in the minimum wage make the point that Kudlow did in his video interview, posted above.  Namely, that if you want to have a minimum wage policy, it should be done at the state/local level, because no two states are alike.  Kudlow explains that in his crisp style.

California

 

The statewide minimum wage in California will rise to $12, from $11.

But  “a slew of municipalities in the state are also raising their local minimum wages. In Mountain View, California – home to Google’s headquarters – as well as Sunnyvale, the rates will increase to $15.65. In Los Altos, Cupertino, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Jose, San Mateo and Santa Clara, the minimum wage will be hiked to $15 per hour,” said Fox Business, adding that “The cities of Oakland, Redwood City and Belmont will also be raising wages.”

 

New York

In New York state, the minimum wage will rise to $11.10, from $10.40.

Additionally:

  • For quick service employees, the statewide rate will be higher, at $12.75.
  • In New York City, the starting rate for employees will be increased to $15 per hour, from the current $13.
  • Long Island and Westchester will also hike wages to $12.

Washington

The state of Washington raised worker pay to $12, a $0.50 increase. However, some cities are raising their minimum wages much higher.

In Seattle, minimum hourly wages will rise to $16. In SeaTac, pay will increase to $16.09. Tacoma will see a hike to $12.35.

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Other states:

Alaska: $9.89, from $9.84
Arizona: $11.00, from $10.50
Arkansas: $9.25, from $8.50
Colorado: $11.10, from $10.20
Delaware: $8.75, from $8.25
Florida: $8.46, from $8.25
Maine: $11.00, from $10
Massachusetts: $12.00, from $11
Michigan: $9.45, from $9.25
Minnesota: $9.86, from $9.65
Montana: $8.50, from $8.30
New Jersey: $8.85, from $8.60
Ohio: $8.55, from $8.30
Rhode Island: $10.50, from $10.10
South Dakota: $9.10, from $8.85
Vermont: $10.78, from $10.50

Albuquerque, New Mexico, will raise its minimum wage to $9.20.

Las Cruces will increase it to $10.10. Here’s a short video on how their local media reported it.

 

Flagstaff, Arizona, will see a $1 bump to $12 per hour.

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State Association Steps Up, Promoting Manufactured Home Communities Investing

December 20th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The holiday season hasn’t caused the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina still-new communications person to slow down.  Janae Frazier has stepped up to the plate with two new pro-industry videos produced on the MHISC’s YouTube channel in December, 2018.

 

The two videos are entirely different styles, as a look at each under-a-minute videos will reveal.

 

 

Based upon the views on this video, it appears that the Daily Business News on MHProNews is the first one to view each, as both showed zero views at the time we first looked. A state-association specific article will not normally attract the same number of readers as one about one of the industry’s nation associations, or some other hot topic, so this article won’t likely make a big impact on the views, but time will tell.

 

 

Any promotion of the manufactured housing industry is better than no promotion, so the videos are arguably an effort with a good intention.

 

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Janae Frazier’s efforts dwarf that of their larger and better funded Arlington, VA based counterparts.

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Frazier deserves credit for that effort.

But the industry realistically must look beyond efforts and posturing from Arlington, VA toward actual measurable results.  It isn’t even so much about how many views, as how many actual buyers.

When several states are still slipping in new HUD Code manufactured home shipments, during an affordable housing crisis, these are warning signals that can’t be ignored.

 

 

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MHI and its members ought to answer this simple 3 part proposition. Logic says that:

  • MHI either know what to do to get more manufactured home sales, but thus far, have not done it.
  • MHI doesn’t know what to do to get more new HUD Code manufactured home sales, and doesn’t want to admit it.
  • Some combination of the two bullets above, such as MHI knows that it should debunk every piece of misinformation that arises, via an educational effort, but for whatever reason, isn’t doing it.

 

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There is ample evidence to support the concerns that they are doing what Berkshire Hathaway owned brands, such as Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage want. Certainly MHI videos routinely feature Clayton Homes.  When Kevin Clayton said 7 years ago that the industry was ready to start promoting the industry, what has happened since then, and why?

This is the time of year that people are planning for the next year.  What do you want to see occur that will make 2019 significantly better than 2018?

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Fed Rate Hike, Chair Jerome Powell Comments Send Broader Markets, Most MH Equities Reeling

December 19th, 2018 Comments off

CNNmoney12.19.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsWhen you see and hear what Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell actually said, the economy is doing well.  The markets are suffering, in part due to comments and rate hikes that he and his colleagues at the FED have made. Powell spoke, the markets sank.  A closer look will be our feature this evening.

 

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline report is found further belowafter the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

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Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

This is an exclusive evening or nightly example of MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” © It is fascinating to see just how similar, and different, these two lists of headlines can be.

Want to know more about the left-right media divide from third party research?  ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-center-right’ media chart, please click here.

 

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In about 10 minutes a day, manufactured home industry readers of this evening market report can get a summary of the market and political headlines, plus see specific data that relates to manufactured home industry connected stocks. There is no other Daily Business News report like this anywhere in manufactured housing.

 

Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • Stocks plunge after the Fed raises rates despite signs of economic softening
  • Federal Reserve hikes rates for the fourth time in 2018
  • Facebook could be in hot water with the FTC — again
  • C. attorney general sues Facebook following Cambridge Analytica scandal
  • General Mills is leaning into pet food
  • Prosecutors weigh sex assault charges against Chinese billionaire
  • Two multibillion-dollar healthcare businesses are merging
  • FedEx is really worried about trade and the global economy
  • SoftBank’s mobile business plunges after $24 billion IPO
  • Jim Rogers, utility CEO who advocated for clean energy, dies
  • Business voices ‘horror’ as Brexit countdown reaches 100 days
  • In high-paying jobs, the wage gap can cost women millions
  • Corporate America’s debt is too big for investors to ignore
  • The bear market in oil keeps getting worse
  • 5G is here. What that means and how you can get it
  • Huawei: We’re still leading the world on 5G, despite political attacks
  • Huawei’s 5G ambitions suffer another big setback
  • Samsung will sell the first 5G smartphone in 2019
  • Here’s why 5G is the future
  • ELON MUSK’S BIG PLANS
  • Elon Musk’s first tunnel is finished. Here’s what it’s like to ride in it
  • See the tunnel in action
  • Elon Musk: ‘I do not respect the SEC’
  • SpaceX launched 64 satellites in record-breaking mission
  • Elon Musk wants the world to embrace electric cars, even if Tesla goes bankrupt

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • Despite Trump’s complaints, Fed hikes interest rates again
  • Stock indexes rocked by Federal Reserve rate hike
  • Senate announces short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown
  • Dow, S&P 500 having worst month since 1931 as Grinch hits Wall St.
  • Taxpayers can no longer claim these 4 deductions
  • Chick-fil-A poised to jump Subway, Burger King in US fast food market
  • Ocasio-Cortez needs a break? Gimme a break: Kennedy
  • Want to work from home? These are the top 10 jobs
  • Boeing sees Indian carriers ordering 2,300 planes worth $320M
  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company unveils high-speed LA tunnel
  • Why pickup trucks are America’s new family vehicle: Edmunds
  • Star Wars creator George Lucas leads Forbes wealthiest celebrities of 2018
  • Patriots QB Tom Brady could miss $5M in performance bonuses this season
  • Facebook admits it gave tech companies access to users’ personal messages
  • Sears takes $443M in charges from store closures
  • Financial security: Parents making this ‘alarming’ mistake with their adult kids
  • SALT deductions shouldn’t exist, Art Laffer says
  • 3 financial documents everyone needs
  • Why gold might be a safe Christmas gift this season
  • These 20 states will raise minimum wages in 2019
  • J&J loses its battle to overturn a $4.7B baby powder verdict
  • Top 10 box office hits of 2018
  • Fed rate hike likely won’t hurt home values
  • FedEx CEO blames tariffs, ‘bad’ politics for lower profit outlook, shares tank
  • Facebook sued for Cambridge Analytica scandal by District of Columbia
  • Mortgage applications fell along with equities
  • UPS expects more than 1M returns a day up to Christmas
  • Top CEOs predict a recession will strike by the end of 2019

 

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

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Manufactured Housing Composite Value (MHCV)

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The MHCV has been hammered in recent months, generally falling along with the rest of the markets. It had been up significantly earlier this year.

 

Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked manufactured home connected stocks today, see thBloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

 

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Jerome Powell, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, spoke during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

 

Among the bullets:

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the balance sheet reduction program will continue to proceed as planned. Recall that those purchases during the Obama era ‘propped up’ the markets in a rather artificial way, which was good for investors. “Unwinding” – selling off – those instruments are of course a depressor to the broader markets.
  • The Fed currently has been allowing $50 billion a month to run off their balance sheet, which is largely a portfolio of bonds the central bank purchased to stimulate the economy during and after the 2008 financial crisis.

I think that the runoff of the balance sheet has been smooth and has served its purpose,” he said during a news conference. “I don’t see us changing that.” The Obama administration artificially benefited from those purchases, and the Trump Administration is being artificially harmed by the reversal of that policy.

The process of ‘unwinding’ began in October 2017, which as noted had been acquired following three rounds of so-called “quantitative easing,” or QEs.  That QE – a process in which the Fed bought Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities drove down interest rates, while propping up stocks.

So that Obama era policy kept rates near historic lows, an also provided a massive run-up in stocks, which yielded the longest bull market in history.

At its peak, the Fed’s balance sheet was at $4.5 trillion, said CNBC today. “The portfolio has since dropped to $4.14 trillion, and the total holdings of Treasurys and MBS has fallen below $4 trillion.”

Powell admitted “that the market can be very sensitive to news about the size of the balance sheet.”  Of course, it’s called supply and demand.  Powell is doing what short sellers sometimes do, although not many are calling it that way.

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s comments in 2013 that “tapering” was ahead for bond purchases and QE famously ignited the “taper tantrum” that sent markets reeling.

We’re alert to these issues, watching them carefully,” he said. “We don’t see the balance sheet runoffs as creating significant problems.”

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) approved today a 25 basis point hike in the funds rate as well as a 20 basis point increase in the interest on excess bank reserves, the latter being a benchmark to keep the funds rate in check.

 

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NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

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Sam Zell’s ELS Scores Again, Details Others Missed

December 19th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Palm Lake Cooperative at 7272 42nd Way North in West Palm Beach, Florida, has sold the community to MHC Palm Lake LLC.  That’s an affiliate of MH Communities, the manufactured home investment arm of Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), per the Business Journal and a local court filing.

 

For those who champion resident owned communities, this is an eye opening development, as the Palm Lake Cooperative was dissolved following the deal.

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The sales price was $48.96 million, said the Real Deal.  The Street describes a REIT – a real estate investment trust – such as ELS, asa company that owns and (with some exceptions) operates income-generating real estate such as office buildings, shopping malls and parking lots.” Obviously, manufactured home communities, RV parks. For ELS – even a marina and boat slips can qualify as part of the properties they own and operate.

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The photo at the top of the manufactured homes with Sam Zell is from the old Palm Beach Coop website, photo collage by MHProNews.

 

ELS is among the basket of manufactured housing industry connected equities that are tracked in our evening market report.  Last night’s closing ticker is shown below.

 

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The Real Deal states the size of the community is: “50-acre property… that consists of 922 mobile home pads. The deal breaks down to about $53,000 per lot.” That would contradict the claimed number of sites and thus community value reported in the Business Journal.

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The community’s former coop website is down at this time.

 

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Equity LifeStyle pledged to invest $3 million within the next three years to improve the community’s common areas and infrastructure, records show. “Features at Palm Lake include a clubhouse, swimming pool and activities like horseshoe, shuffleboard and fishing. The real estate investment trust owns more than 412 communities and resorts in 32 states and British Columbia,” said the Real Deal, per the ELS website.

 

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ELS is one of the top two manufactured home communities in the nation, according to data reported by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) National Communities Council (NCC).

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Insider Tips – Clayton Multi-Million Dollar Plan Aims at Replacing Sales Staff? Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Kevin Clayton Meeting

December 19th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Informed sources with and connected to Clayton Homes reveals new angles on an emerging, as well as previously stories.

 

According to sources, in under 2 years, Clayton Homes has and will invest some $55,000,000 in technology tied to the manufactured home buyer’s shopping experience.

Clayton has demonstrated some of their virtual tour technology at the Louisville Manufactured Home Show in the past. So that part of the tale isn’t new.

Customer downloadable apps are likewise not news to those who are close Clayton Homes watchers.

But what will be news for many – including for some on the Knoxville, TN based firm’s team is the notion that Clayton is moving incrementally toward a system that, per sources, aims to minimize the role of retail sales people in the company.

Rephrased, sources claim that sales people are being slowly replaced with technology. Think of it as “the competitive Moat” principle pointed within Clayton, much like it is pointed outward at the balance of the manufactured housing industry.

Think about it. Every home that they sell a new manufactured home without a sales person’s commission involved would go straight to their bottom line,’ according to one insider source.  That’s a huge competitive advantage, and that indeed fits the Berkshire vision of the strategic moat.

One of several such examples is shown in their video below.

 

 

This fits the narrative from a prior Daily Business News on MHProNews report, found in the linked image/text box below, that once Clayton completes their effective domination of manufactured housing, the Knoxville metro based firm will be able to cut back the pay of their general managers.

 

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It’s all about deepening and widening the Clayton moat.”  Short term, Clayton is raising pay – for example – for factory workers, even as they are slowly being replaced by increased automation at Clayton Manufacturing facilities.  In time, that trend could reverse when labor demand declines, that’s how the principle of the ‘law of supply and demand’ works.

 

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The logic of this statement can be applied to a variety of cases.  Lavin’s comment was on another issue, but do you see how it relates here? 

 

Those trends in turn then point outward against other producers and retailers.  That’s part of the process described by sources which explain the methods by which the “Clayton Moat” widens as deepens.  As previously reported, more voices are speaking out against the manufactured housing giant.

 

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Comments shown are for the video posted above.

 

The mainstream video above includes these publicly posted comments on that YouTube page, shown under the video.

 

 

There are several indications from Clayton online that suggest this is a plausible hypothesis. Among them, per insiders, are video reports by local Knoxville metro media, where Clayton Homes is based.

 

 

As the local media reports reflect, no details of the meeting of Buffett, Gates, and Kevin Clayton were released.

While Kevin Clayton publicly says they have a ‘culture of transparency,’ their failure to answer basic questions about issues like their “Trojan Horse” style “new class of homes” scheme for manufactured homes, and how that has arguably weaponized the Duty to Serve against manufactured housing instead suggests otherwise.  The Clayton/Berkshire brands dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) likewise has repeatedly ducked questions about these important issues for consumers, current manufactured home owners, and thousands of independent industry professionals alike.

 

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That said, if a Clayton executive wishes to explain or clarify any of these allegations from within their firm or from other sources, as usual, MHProNews is open to updating a report, based upon new evidence.

Clayton has, per sources, talked about benefits that are accruing to their firm due to Berkshire’s synergies with tech firms, including IBM and Microsoft.

At this point in time, the “Clayton Moat” should be understood as Kevin and Warren Buffett have framed themselves framed the issue. ICYMI, or need a refresher, click on the image/text box below for a report with documents, videos, and ‘follow-the-money’ evidence.

 

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Their goal is to deepen and widen their moat, period. Or as a Clayton team member messaged in defense of Clayton’s business practices, ‘What’s wrong with crushing the competition?

A basic web search did not find any online corroboration for this $55,000,000 figure investment claim. That suggests that MHProNews has another industry first, news item. For confidential and/or ‘on the record’ news tips on Clayton, MHI, and other industry relevant topics, use the link here or to the left of the author’s photo, further below.

Independents, take note. While there are strategies available to counter such trends, the logic of their goal is just as that Clayton trained team member said, to crush competitors.

After the Smoking Gun/21st Mortgage revelations, this would be no surprise.

The ultimate defense is multilayered, including breaking ties with their puppet Monopolistic Housing Institute (MHI), errr, Manufactured Housing Institute, supporting antitrust action against Berkshire, and working to end other monopolistic developments in America.

MHARR has long advocated for the post-production sector to establish a new association that is not under the thumb of Clayton and the Berkshire Hathaway connected lenders and other firms that operate in manufactured housing.

 

MHARR Releases Study Recommending Independent Collective Representation for Post-Production Sector

 

The issue of #OpenMarkets is a pressing one for the industry, and the nation at large.  With both Democrats and voices within the Trump Administration voicing an interest at taking on antitrust issues, there are reasons to believe that the next year or two could provide more visible movement on an issue that sources have told MHProNews are already underway in Washington, D.C.

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New HUD Report Reveals Tragedy of Homelessness, When Solution for Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight

December 19th, 2018 Comments off

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For years, MHLivingNews and MHProNews have made the case that federal and state housing budgets could be stretched by a proper understanding and use of modern manufactured homes.

 

 

MHProNews periodically spotlights this vexing issue because it represents both opportunity and a tragedy that is debatably avoidable in many if not most cases. Because part of the problem for years has been a ‘rigged system’ that yields homelessness that the nation has witnessed for far too long.  The click-linked image/textboxes can be accessed later for more information on.

 

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The annual HUD report to Congress has just come out, and HUD thoughtfully provided to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.  We’ll link it up as part of their release, below.

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HUD REPORTS HOMELESSNESS UNCHANGED IN U.S. IN 2018 WITH NOTABLE DECLINES AMONG VETERANS AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

           WASHINGTON – Homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since last year. Meanwhile, homelessness among veterans fell 5.4 percent and homelessness experienced by families with children declined 2.7 percent nationwide since 2017. 

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As in previous years, there is significant local variation in the data reported from different parts of the country. Thirty-one (31) states and the District of Columbia reported decreases in homelessness between 2017 and 2018 while 19 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness.

“Our state and local partners are increasingly focused on finding lasting solutions to homelessness even as they struggle against the headwinds of rising rents,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Much progress is being made and much work remains to be done but I have great hope that communities all across our nation are intent on preventing and ending homelessness.”

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“Communities across the country are getting better and better at making sure that people exit homelessness quickly through Housing First approaches,” said Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “We know, however, that a lack of housing that people can afford is the fundamental obstacle to making further progress in many communities.”

HUD’s national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care,” along with tens of thousands of volunteers, seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings. These one-night ‘snapshot’ counts, as well as full-year counts and data from other sources (U.S. Housing Survey, Department of Education), are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress toward reducing it.

 

Key Findings of HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report: 

On a single night in January 2018, state and local planning agencies (Continuums of Care) reported:

  • 552,830 people were homeless representing an overall 0.3 percent increase from 2017 but a 13.2 percent decrease since 2010. This small increase is due to two factors:

 

1.    a 2.3 percent increase of unsheltered homelessness; and,

2.    nearly 4,000 persons staying in emergency shelters set up in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate; western wildfires; and other storms and events.

 

  • Most homeless persons (358,363) were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 194,467 persons were unsheltered.
  • The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 2.7 percent since 2017 and 29 percent since 2010.
  • On a single night in January 2018, 37,878 veterans experienced homelessness, a decline of 5.4 percent (or 2,142 persons) since January 2017. The number of female veterans dropped nearly 10 percent since last year.  Overall, Veteran homelessness in the U.S. declined by 49 percent since 2010.
  • 88,640 individuals experienced long-term homelessness in 2018, an increase of 2.2 percent over 2017 levels though chronic homelessness declined by 16.4 percent (or 17,422 persons) since 2010.
  • The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children in 2018 is estimated to be 36,361, a 5.1 percent decline since 2017. Last year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, difficult-to-count population. HUD is treating 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.

 

Family Homelessness

HUD’s latest national estimate notes a continuing decline in family homelessness in the U.S.  In January of 2018, here were 56,342 family households with children experiencing homelessness, a 29 percent decline since 2010.  These declines are largely a consequence of HUD’s policy shift from supporting higher cost transitional housing to rapid rehousing programs across the country.  Following HUD’s guidance and best practices, local planners are increasingly using rapid rehousing to move families into permanent housing more quickly and at lower cost.  Communities are also implementing more prevention activities to help families avoid needing shelter as well as more robust coordinated entry efforts. Taken together, these ‘Housing First’ models have proven to be a more effective and efficient response to help families experiencing temporary crisis as well as those enduring the most chronic forms of homelessness. 

 

Veteran Homelessness 

Veteran homelessness in the U.S. is nearly half of what was reported in 2010.  Last year alone, the number of homeless veterans declined by 5.4 percent and homelessness experienced by female veterans dropped by nearly 10 percent.  These declines are the result of intense planning and targeted interventions, including the close collaboration between HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Both agencies jointly administer the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines permanent HUD rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. This year, more than 4,400 veterans, many experiencing chronic forms of homelessness, will find permanent housing and critically needed support services through the HUD-VASH program. An additional 50,000 veterans found permanent housing and supportive services through VA’s continuum of homeless programs.

 

Chronic Homelessness 

Long-term or chronic homelessness among individuals with disabilities grew by 2.2 percent since 2017 though is 16.4 percent below the levels reported in 2010. This longer trend is due in part to a concerted effort to make more permanent supportive housing opportunities more available for people with disabling health conditions who otherwise continually cycle through local shelters or the streets. Research demonstrates that for those experiencing chronic homelessness, providing permanent housing, coupled with appropriate low-barrier supportive services, is the most effective solution for ending homelessness. This ‘housing first’ approach also saves the taxpayer considerable money by interrupting a costly cycle of emergency room and hospital, detox, and even jail visits.

 

HUD‘s mission is to create strong, sustainable,
inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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Manufactured Housing is part of the solution, but the post-production advocacy for manufactured homes has been lacking

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Spotlighting Pro-Growth Educational Effort by Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association

December 18th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association (LMHA) video below takes a tact at defending and promoting the acceptance of manufactured homes that is noteworthy.

 

 

It could have utilized the singularly important point of HUD Code manufactured home enhanced preemption, or any number of other research points that were available at the time the video was produced. So while it is useful, it could be improved.

 

 

Lenny Kopowski and Steve Duke at LMHA have been doing such educational and outreach efforts for years.

 

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the terminology determines the
construction standards a home was
built to,” Steve Duke, LMHA.

 

That said, it debatably stands far and away better than anything that the national Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has produced to date.

Several states have made efforts at growing the industry at the state level. That’s laudable.

The unfortunate point is that MHI, which has millions a year in budget should be doing this sort of work, shouldn’t they? Don’t they claim to represent all aspects of factory-built housing?

 

Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert, Affordable Housing Crisis, MHI’s #NettlesomeThings Response

 

Louisiana’s slip in new home shipments is one of several topics that MHI has ignored in their recent ‘newsletter’ to their members. Several states have told MHProNews that they are concerned.

 

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Louisiana is one of the top ten states for manufactured home shipments in recent years, per data collected by HUD and reported by MHARR. Clayton Homes has a serious presence in the state. Yet, sales are declining. Why???

 

Michigan’s shipments is another top ten state in recent years that has been losing, not gaining, in year-over-year new manufactured home shipments.

What will change this or other troubling industry dynamics?

One answer is the one that UMH President Sam Landy suggested, each company is responsible for its own marketing. Each company is logically responsible for its own sales engagement systems too.

After all, all sales are local ones.

Beyond that, independents who want to see growth should consider new alliances.

Because in the post-production sector, that MHI claims to be doing, the evidence suggests they are fast at defending themselves or a favored company, such as Clayton or 21st.

But beyond that, they’re  efforts for protecting, educating, and promoting on behalf of the broader industry have not produced anything akin to this generally promising notion by LMHA, posted above. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News , analysis, and commentary.)

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Sun Communities, SUI Insider Trades, Institutional Moves, Plus Manufactured Home Equities Updates

December 18th, 2018 Comments off

CNNmoney12.18.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsIt is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sun Communities, Inc . (NYSE:SUI),” said Simply Wall Street in a fresh analysis that will be part of our featured report, found below the Manufactured Housing Composite Value graphic.

 

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline report is found further belowafter the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.  Headlines – at home and abroad – often move the markets.  So, this is an example of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©

Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

This is an exclusive evening or nightly example of MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” © It is fascinating to see just how similar, and different, these two lists of headlines can be.

Want to know more about the left-right media divide from third party research?  ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-center-right’ media chart, please click here.

 

Select bullets from CNN Money…

  • Oil plunges 7% on economic jitters
  • How the smart money is reading the Fed’s tea leaves
  • Bull market is beginning to fumble, says Alan Greenspan
  • ANALYSIS China won’t back down in its plan to dominate tech
  • India is still giving Huawei a chance
  • Advertisers abandon Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show over anti-immigration comments
  • Huge merger of Sprint and T-Mobile moves closer
  • Ex-CBS chief Les Moonves will not get severance
  • Netflix poaches another powerful ABC showrunner
  • Europe’s car makers are fuming about new emission standards
  • Automation is pushing women out of the workforce
  • 5G is here. What that means and how you can get it
  • Lincoln Continental brings back ‘suicide doors’
  • 20181217-cashier-neuromarketing
  • PERSPECTIVES How retailers trick your brain into overspending during the holidays
  • This could be the worst December since the Depression
  • Life on the water: What it’s like to live on a floating home
  • What to do when you don’t get along with your boss
  • How to lead when your competition is beating you
  • This CEO thinks it’s crazy to work more than 40 hours a week
  • Why you shouldn’t skip the office holiday party
  • Want to get hired? Your résumé should look like this
  • Airbus ACJ320 neo takes to the skies for the first time. 11-16-2018 Hamburg
  • How 3D printers are transforming flying
  • Virgin Galactic’s supersonic plane reaches space
  • Meet the pilots of Virgin Galactic’s first flight to space
  • We took an exclusive ride in a flying car
  • Delta changes the way fliers board planes

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • US stocks overcome late-session swoon to close higher
  • Taxpayers can no longer claim these 4 deductions
  • Oil prices plunge more than 7% as US output rises
  • Federal Reserve meeting on interest rates: Here’s what to expect
  • Why the Fed must raise rates
  • Next recession will be ‘much worse’ than the last one: Schiff
  • Trump administration bans bump stocks
  • These are going to be the hottest jobs in 2019
  • Richard Branson: 9-to-5 workdays will go away in near future
  • Want to work from home? These are the top 10 jobs
  • Mark Zuckerberg could lose more than any of the world’s richest billionaires in 2018
  • Fed not hiking interest rates may panic market: Economist
  • Japan shells out $10B on Lockheed Martin fighter jets
  • Financial security: Parents making this ‘alarming’ mistake with their adult kids
  • SALT deductions shouldn’t exist, Art Laffer says
  • Buying a winter home? Here are the hottest markets
  • A look at past government shutdowns, as border wall fight cools
  • GM, Don’t walk out on Lordstown: Ohio Senators Portman and Brown’s joint appeal

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked manufactured home connected stocks today, see thBloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

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Insider selling is governed by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules, so they can be done legally. As part of their new analysis on SUN (SUI), Simply Wall Street pointed to a Harvard Study that found that “insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.”

 

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Recent headlines:

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Sun Communities

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by President & COO John McLaren for US$625k worth of shares, at about US$96.16 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$108, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 4% of John McLaren’s holding.”

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  • We note that in the last year insiders divested 9.90k shares for a total of US$938k.
  • In total, Sun Communities insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$94.77, on average.
  • We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price.”

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Baseball Digest Spent More Time Focused on Institutional Moves

BaseballDailyNewsLogoMHProNews“Cohen & Steers Inc. reduced its position in shares of Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) by 7.0% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 8,211,535 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 619,752 shares during the period. Sun Communities makes up approximately 2.4% of Cohen & Steers Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 10th biggest position. Cohen & Steers Inc. owned 9.51% of Sun Communities worth $833,799,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in SUI.

  • Alps Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in Sun Communities during the second quarter valued at approximately $226,000.
  • Boston Partners acquired a new position in Sun Communities during the second quarter valued at approximately $2,055,000.
  • Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in Sun Communities by 192.1% during the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 21,022 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,058,000 after purchasing an additional 13,826 shares in the last quarter.
  • Toronto Dominion Bank acquired a new position in Sun Communities during the second quarter valued at approximately $1,095,000.
  • Finally, Strs Ohio raised its position in Sun Communities by 4.5% during the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 115,753 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $11,329,000 after purchasing an additional 5,033 shares in the last quarter.

 

Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.31% of the company’s stock.”

 

View from MHVille

Sun is at the top of the manufactured home community REIT sector, and has arguably demonstrated years of solid management performance.

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Graphic, data, per Sun Communities (SUI).

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Graphic, data, per Sun Communities (SUI).

The Sun IR material arguably does a far better job of making the case for manufactured homes and communities than the Manufactured Housing Institute does.  There is a case to be made that the various forces in manufactured housing are artificially manipulating the market.  That’s something investors can – and some do – take seriously.  For investors with sufficient moxie and resources, that can be an opportunity in disguise.  For those who aren’t it is an added risk that must be understood.  One example of that topic is found in the linked box below.

 

Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert, Affordable Housing Crisis, MHI’s #NettlesomeThings Response

 

For a recent report on Sun, see the related report by clicking the linked image/textbox below.

Sun Communities Strategic Investment in Ingenia Communities, Info, Videos Beyond the Release, Plus Manufactured Home Industry Market Updates

 

 

Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

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NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

Your link to industry praise for our coverage, is found here.

For the examples of our kudos linked above…plus well over 1,000 positive, public comments, we say – “Thank You for your vote of confidence.”

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Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert, Affordable Housing Crisis, MHI’s #NettlesomeThings Response

December 18th, 2018 Comments off

 

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We are periodically asked for an executive summary of the issues that have caused the purported manipulation of the most affordable kind of permanent housing in America. What follows is that executive summary, and it will include two complimentary threads. Read the text.  Then look at the illustrated cartoon-style pictures. Or reverse that order, but either way, watch the videos posted in this report too.  It all ties together.

 

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This was sent out yesterday evening, just hours after MHProNews published its #NettlesomeThings report. Why doesn’t MHI respond as quickly to the almost daily examples in mainstream media of slurs or misinformation about manufactured homes or our industry’s home owners? The cartoon photos that follow include some from the photo array, shown above. 

 

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Journalism, Fact Checks, and Analysis

In classic journalism, the dedicated reporter seeks the answers to these questions. Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

In doing fact-checks and analysis, the dedicated journalist, looks for evidence, wants corroborating testimonials, follows the money, and examines the claims of the subject using a measure of skepticism with sound reason. They do a logical evidenced-based analysis, not using mere opinions.

The ethical journalist looks at all sources, not just selected ones.

MHI sent out a “housing alert” last night, after 6:30 PM ET. They did so within hours of our Daily Business News on MHProNews#NettlesomeThings report — which is linked in the clickable text/image-box below.

 

MHI Allies Respond, Provide Confirmation to #NettlesomeThings, Facts, and Clayton/Berkshire Exposés

 

Did Arlington, VA based MHI seek to disprove a single claim or allegation by our MHProNews report and analysis yesterday? No.

 

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. 

 

Instead, MHI arguably did another head fake, using literal head shots.  Photos of people in positions of authority with MHI ‘leaders’ that they want to impress their readers with.

MHI can get photos made with prominent Democrats or prominent Republicans. What does it prove?  Isn’t the bottom line still the bottom line?

 

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How do these MHI photos with Trump Administration officials impact YOUR bottom line? How do these photos help more Americans get more affordable lending and housing that they could own instead of rent?  There are also photos of MHI ‘leaders’ with Obama Administration officials.  Did those prior photos help the rank and file of our part of the affordable housing industry?

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Public officials will do a photo opportunity – a photo-op – with almost anyone. Candidates running for office will do the same too. What do those MHI photos actually prove?

 

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As an ex-MHI member told MHProNews, isn’t their photos just more ‘razzle dazzle?’ Where are the RESULTS for the Majority of our industry’s independents?  Why are the once thriving numbers of independents in our industry shrinking for years?

What’s happened to our once far larger MH INDUSTRY?  How is it possible that with an affordable housing crisis, that manufactured housing could be underperforming so badly?

 

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Or where are the lower cost Government Sponsored Enterprise loans by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac on ALL HUD Code manufactured homes, which the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) arguably required for the benefit of the Majority of Manufactured Home Owners and potential MH buyers?

 

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Tim Williams said it himself in an MHI meeting room in San Antonio, Texas in 2017. A few dozen where in that MHI meeting room, including this writer. Williams said that Berkshire Hathaway owned 21st Mortgage and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF) had not turned over their data to the FHFA regulated Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 

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Other manufactured home lenders did. Why not 21st and VMF?

 

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Because it would cut into what Kevin Clayton said in this video below is the most profitable part of the manufactured housing industry for them, financing.

 

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Kevin Clayton, full length video interview, with commentary for clarity. None of the interviewer’s or Kevin’s statements were edited.

 

The Kevin Clayton video interview is about a 57 minutes.  Properly understood, almost everything Kevin says has significance to investors, to industry professionals, to affordable housing advocates, to public officials, to antitrust experts in government, or for class action plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Several federal investigations are in fact underway. Democrats, Republicans, and independents wanted those investigations of the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis.

Mainstream media and our own MHProNews sources have confirmed these federal investigations.

The article linked above had three videos on it, all from third party media. We are reposting them here for your convenience.

 

 

The first is from local media, and it confirms – including with a Clayton Whistleblower – that investigations of Clayton and their lenders are underway, which of course Clayton denies any wrongdoing.

 

 

The next video is by Democracy Now, and focused on just one of Clayton Homes serious public scandals involving their handling of the Haitian crisis. They are a progressive group.

 

 

The next video is by a more conservative media outlet, and they mention that same case in Haiti ath Democracy Now did involving Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Both the left and right-wing media pointed to similar issues involving the same company, Clayton Homes.

These three videos demonstrate that this isn’t about party labels. It’s about posturing vs. results, the lack of results by MHI for the majority, and what caused those poor outcomes.  Follow the money, who benefited? Wasn’t it the Berkshire brands and their MHI allies?

While the affordable housing market has arguably been manipulated for years, the federal government has spent billions of dollars a year on housing programs. It doesn’t matter if the president has been a Democrat or a Republican, HUD Housing Programs have never been enough to keep up with the needs for affordable housing.

And yet, a big part of the solution has been hiding in plain sight. Modern manufactured homes.  It takes a kind of brilliance to devise such a slow motion scheme to obscure the most proven solution, doesn’t it?

 

 

MHI’s response to our #NettlesomeThings is to send out these photos, and then ask you to sign up with MHI, or renew your MHI membership. Who cares who they get their photo made with?

There’re logically three basic options.

 

  • MHI, Clayton and the Berkshire Brands don’t know how to grow the industry, but they claim and posture that they do, while taking independent company’s dues money. Or
  • They know what to do to grow the business, but they just aren’t doing it now, while they consolidate more independents at a discount.
  • Some combination of bullets 1 and 2. Do you see any other reasonable explanation that fits the facts?

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All truth passes through three stages, says the notable author in the quote below.

 

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Which of these three stage are you in?

Please read the related reports, linked above and below from those respective text/image boxes.  BTW, it goes without saying, MHI and their string-pullers have the same First Amendment rights that we all do.  They can support who they want to, as they want to do.  But when they claim to be doing X, and are doing Y and Z, that’s a different matter.  They are collecting money from members under arguably false pretenses.

 

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in this case?

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The logic of this statement can be applied to a variety of cases.

 

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Speaking of sources, one must acknowledge those that went before us. MHARR has fought the good fight for years, and have arguably had MHI try to grab credit for work that they often did or led the initial charge on. There have been others who patiently ‘schooled’ us on what is occurring in manufactured housing, some of whom are current or former MHI members.  Think Marty Lavin, Frank Rolfe, Dick Moore, Bob Crawford and others.

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Millionaires Survey IDs Top Threats to Their Wealth

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Sum it up in a word, uncertainty. But the details are insightful.

 

There are about 3.3 (+/-) percent of the population, or nearly 11 million Americans who are millionaires, per Spectrum n 2018.

 

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In a new survey conducted for CNBC, there are nearly 11 million millionaires, Robert Frank says that the biggest threat in the view of that millionaire class is the federal government’s dysfunction.

Here are their bullets:

  • When asked about the biggest threat to their personal wealth, the largest number of millionaires said government dysfunction (37 percent), followed by the stock market (32 percent).
  • Overall, their views remain highly political, with 41 percent of Republican millionaires predicting the economy will be better in 2019, compared with only 8 percent of Democratic millionaires.

Frank says that most are generally bullish about the economy itself, which is a data-point that other groups that measure the economy and sentiment have also concurred upon.  Here in the linked report in the box below is one example.

 

Blue Collar Worker Attitude, Outlook, Finances – Latest Data, Express-Harris Survey

 

Another example of that similar sentiment is below, which can likewise be accessed by clicking on the linked textbox.

 

Latest Consumer Confidence Report and Housing Demand

 

The NFIB in the fall had similarly overall positive reports too about the economy.  But will the now divided Congress change that rosy small business outlook?

 

NFIB’s Small Business Leadership Updates Stunning Data

 

Surveys questions can be framed in a variety of ways, which will naturally impact responses.  But as another recent CNBC report reflected, news – arguably some of it agenda driven news – is in part to blame for this ‘uncertainty.’  The economy itself, per several indicators, is sound.  JP Morgan Chase’s Jaime Dimon said last summer that for 20 years, U.S. tax policies have driven capital overseas.  Dimon is a Democrat.

JP Morgan’s CEO Jaime Dimon Sounds Off – “For 20 Years, We’ve Been…Driving Capital…Overseas,” plus MH Market Updates

 

Millionaires Survey Qualifiers and Other Findings

The qualifications to participate in this new CNBC survey of millionaires included an analysis of the investment attitudes and behaviors of 750 investors with $1 million or more of investable assets. “Respondents are required to be the financial decision-maker or share jointly in financial decision-making within the household,” said Frank.

Other findings:

 

  • The survey also highlights the fact that millionaire attitudes toward the economy and markets remain highly political, with 41 percent of Republican millionaires predicting the economy will be better in 2019, compared with only 8 percent of Democratic millionaires.
  • Fully 40 percent of millionaires surveyed say the economy will be just as strong in 2019 as it was in 2018, and 28 percent say it will be even better. Yet government dysfunction remains the greatest concern for investors regarding the economy (38 percent) and also to their own personal wealth (37 percent). Thirty-two percent believe the stock market has increased as a threat compared to the past, and worries over the national debt and immigration have increased.
  • While more than half of millionaire investors anticipate that the S&P 500 will be up more than 5 percent in 2019, 20 percent believe it will be flat.
  • When asked about their own returns, 37 percent said they expect returns of 4 percent to 5.9 percent, while 30 percent expect returns of more than 6 percent. Only 4 percent of respondents expect to be down in 2019.
  • Their longer-term outlook for future generations are also cautious: Only a third of millionaires say their kids will be better off than they are, while 37 percent said they will be worse off.

These results obliquely point to issues that has been raised several times on MHProNews.

 

Barron’s Reports George Soros Move Presaging Market Drop, Harming Manufactured Housing, FAANG Stocks

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