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MarketWatch Reports Warren Buffett’s Midterm Campaign Contributions

October 19th, 2018 Comments off

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According to research published by MarketWatch, Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, has given 100% of his campaign contributions to Democrats during the 2016 election cycle.  Berkshire has numerous manufactured housing brands, such as Clayton Homes.

 

Company executives often steer clear of any appearance of partisanship, in large part because they don’t want to alienate customers and investors who back the other side,” said MarketWatch.

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About 100 CEOs whose companies are components of the S&P 500 have been willing to fly a markedly Democratic or Republican flag in their political giving as individuals during the current election cycle,” said that source.

Because of so-called ‘dark money,’ interlocking directorates, and the like, it can be difficult to ‘follow the money’ when it all of the donations that flows from wealthy individuals, and finds their way into campaigns or activist causes.

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Contrary to what MarketWatch said, Buffett’s political leanings has been rather open for years.  He was a strong supporter of Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton campaigns too. He denounced Donald J. Trump in several campaign events with Secretary Clinton, but toned it down after Mr. Trump became the president elect.

Jim Clayton, founder of Clayton Homes and Clayton Bank, is among those in MHVille who like Buffett, have deep ties or sway over the Manufactured Housing Institute MHI, who are supporting Democratic Senate and other candidates.

“He’s Lying,” Campaign Insider Video – “Don’t Do Politics?” Tell Jim Clayton, Phil Bredesen, and Marsha Blackburn, Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act Supporter

 

Andy Barr has been called a champion of the industry, and Marsha Blackburn supported MHI’s bills too.  So why were these loyalists apparently betrayed by MHI’s power players? By contrast, President Trump has specifically supported these candidates.  Note that it was POTUS Trump, not then President Obama who signed S 2155, that gave manufactured housing some regulatory relief.  And note too that it was former POTUS Obama, that put Dodd-Frank and the CFPB on the necks of manufactured housing, when realtors and the RV business escaped similar challenges.

Was Manufactured Housing Advocate Congressman Andy Barr Backstabbed?

 

Note that MHProNews editorially acknowledges the right of any citizen to use their money in any lawful or moral manner. But part of the concerns being spotlighted here is the industry professionals are being told that MHI is supporting lower regulations.  In fact, in various key races, there has been support for those who would vote for higher regulations, or roll backs of tax cuts, or other anti-growth agenda items championed by President Trump.

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Rephrased, aren’t MHI’s big money players being duplicitous?  Didn’t Tim Williams say that the biggest threat to the industry was the progressive agenda that Jim Clayton, Warren Buffett, Nathan Smith and others are supporting?

 

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Notice. One can agree with 21st Mortgage CEO and prior MHI Chairman Tim Williams’ presentation, from which the slide above was taken with permission, while still questioning how it came to be that Williams was being intellectually at odds with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman, Warren Buffett. To see all of William’s informative slides, click the graphic above. http://www.MHProNews.com/industry-news/industry-in-focus/is-tim-williams-21st-mortgage-ceo-mhi-chair-at-odds-with-berkshire-hathaway-chairman-warren-buffett

 

Watch for a special report Saturday.  ICYMI or need a refresher, see the related reports, further below.  For those who find it a concern that MHI claims to be fighting regulations, while key power players are giving to those who want higher taxes and more regulations, this is your fact-based follow the money wake-up call. That’s this evening’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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December 30th, 2017 Comments off

It was a document read into the Congressional Record.

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It was first published by MHProNews.

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The document originated from a reader who sent it in as a news-making tip.

As in last night’s report, industry veterans will rapidly ‘get it.’

The two “Smoking Gun documents from 21st Mortgage were sent in as a reader tip to the MHProNews. Will Democrats and/or Republicans – or bureaucrats – introduce them into the federal record in 2018 or 2019?

Killing Off 100s of Independent Manufactured Home Retailers, Production Companies – Tim Williams/21st Mortgage “Smoking Gun” Document 2

Numerous other items, news tips – verbal and documented – have come into this pro-consumer, pro-industry trade media from third-party sources.

We review those through the lens suggested by industry veteran, Marty Lavin, JD – shown below.

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Lavin is an MHI award winner, and a success story in communities, retail and finance.

 

Federal Hearings, Investigations and D.C. Politics in 2018

Hearings and research are expected that could impact manufactured housing on issues such as:

  • finance,
  • antitrust (anti-monopoly),
  • racism,
  • energy,
  • corruption,

and more.

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Some of those may begin under the guise of a partisan, political issue.

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But partisanship on some issues as big as affordable housing can rapidly become bi-partisan, as an infrastructure bill may remind the nation in 2018.

From Senator Elizabeth Warren to the 45th president, monopolies are on the minds of Americans.

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Maxine Waters specifically raised the topic of monopoly with respect to Berkshire Hathaway’s manufactured home brands – Clayton Homes, and their lenders – Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, and 21st Mortgage.

Post-Charlottesville, CfA’s Hunts Evidence of Racism, Steering, Predatory Lending Against Buffett’s Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage, and 21st Mortgage

So too have pro-manufactured housing advocates like Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), or industry pros such as George Allen.

If they all magically changed their tune tomorrow, one would still have to ask the questions that a good journalists should, like – Why?

Research on affordable housing – including manufactured housing – related issues have been, and are being done by the CFPB, per Congressional and other sources.

The CFPB has already publicly referenced in a report MHProNews as a source.

Website software – which doesn’t know specifically who is on the site – does ‘sniff’ a .gov, .edu, .mil, .org, and other extensions that become data which inform our operations and management that a healthy percentage of researchers are on the MHProNews and MHLivingNews websites daily.

There is an increasingly referenced “deep state” in Washington’s “swamp.” Senator Bernie Sanders, and the President of the United States (POTUS), Donald J. Trump, are not the only ones who’ve spoken about the “rigged system.”

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There is a new sheriff in town who can’t drain the swamp and deep state overnight. But he has already taken on the establishments of both political parties several times.

On a variety of issues, the president has won. All signs are, POTUS is willing to pivot as needed, and that he is relentless.

With anti-monopoly (anti-trust) obviously on President Trump’s and Democrats minds,

  • and given the aspirations of the American Dream,
  • look for researchers across the partisan divide to be digging into affordable housing,
  • including manufactured homes (MH).

Monopolies have long been seen as harmful to the interests of the vast majority of Americans. How are monopolies playing out in our MH industry?

Video Crash Course on Monopolies, Plus Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President Richard A Dick Jennison Video

Media and Political Influence

Pew. Harvard. The Media Research Center. Sharyl Attkisson.

Commentary, news, and other research across the left-right political divide have focused on issues of media tilt, bias and agendas – or other matters that impact or included manufactured housing industry professionals by the thousands.

Reports, Reflections on Media Tilt, Bias, Ignorance, and Manufactured Housing

Benson Demonstrates How “Propaganda Works” on “Most Americans”

Those same issues impact manufactured home owners by the millions.

Having the most “newsmaker” interviews in the industry, and the most research between our sister sites means that more people are looking for insights on information they find relevant.

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Multiple sources – public and private – inform the Daily Business News on MHProNews about what’s actually occurring, as well as what may be about to happen, in the foreseeable future.

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Professional and other reader tips and inputs to those platforms always have and always will, matter.

The Importance and Value of Independent MH Trade Publications

They come because we are the most read, the most independent, and the most trusted news-source in manufactured housing.

 

Consumers and manufactured homeowners, past and present, also contact MHLivingNews and MHProNews.

Media, attorneys, researchers, investors, professionals – all interact and intersect here.

What’s Wrong, What’s Right

There’s no president who has not invoked God’s name numerous times during the course of their presidency. Candidates for public office do so too.

On the 6th day of Christmas – and in the light of Judge Andrew Napolitano’s interesting editorial point this week – one might ask the following.  What role does God, ethics, and faith play in the lives of presidents and the nation?

Was Bill Clinton Just Wrong, or Did He Lie? MH Impact – Facts, Analysis

What role does God, ethics and faith play in lives of the thousands of industry professionals?  Or the millions being served?

Last night’s Daily Business News item on President Clinton could posit the same type question to any president, public official, or person.  See the Bill Clinton linked story, above.

Paraphrasing former Secretary of the Interior, James Watt, who said that he did not believe in most conspiracy theories. But what Watt did believe in was like-minded people who behave in like-minded ways.

That often looks to be conspiratorial, observed Watt, even if its not.

“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

Tug of War for America’s Future, Center Stage in 2018

There is a tug of war over what America will look like in the years and decades ahead.

The principle of limited government – which was the bedrock that the U.S. Constitution was established upon – has arguably been eroded over the years. The general welfare clause of the Constitution was twisted to mean the opposite of what the founders expressly stated in the balance of the federal constitutional charter and the Bill of Rights.

  • Some believe in big government, because it brings them more money, and more power.
  • Others believe that limited government that provides maximum freedom and incentives for Americans will serve the majority, best.

Manufactured Housing is impacted daily by federal, state, and local officials.

The public is clamoring for affordable housing.

“The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight”

When some 8 million housing units are needed, expect the millions to be heard.  With ever more investors discovering the realities vs. the myths of manufactured homes, the time is approaching when the MH industry could explode onto the political stage.

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Those looking initially may or may not always recognize that manufactured homes are a solution for affordable homes.

Manufactured Housing Facts 2017, By the Numbers

But millions of homeowners and consumers already know that manufactured homes are their solution.

The recently litigated case, linked below, reminds us all that people are fighting for the right that would not have been questioned in America a century or so ago.

“Mobile Home Ban” Suit Win, “Equal Justice Under Law,” Manufactured Home Owners, Buyers, Industry

Right and Wrong

What’s wrong is that we don’t ask what’s right,” said the brilliant scholar and news columnist, G. K. Chesterton.

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Industry. Investors. Public officials – elected and appointed. Researchers. Consumers. Manufactured homes owners. What’s wrong? What’s right? Do eternal principles matter? Will the rigged system be unrigged?

Or will the changing moods of the times, and those with power or money manipulate and hold sway?

Officials, advocates and the people are reading, viewing, and asking questions.

They are making inputs, and providing tips.

2018 MH Initiatives

In the first quarter of 2018, several initiatives, videos, and reports are planned for production and publication.

One is a video done recently with a focus group on affordable housing, and manufactured homes role within it.

Based upon prior history, those are likely to be considered by many sources across the political spectrum.

Change is coming. That’s a given.

Will that change look more or less Godly? More or less in keeping with the American Dream? More or less like the principles of limited government that made America great in the first place?

Stay tuned.

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“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

November 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Drag$100BillThroughTrailerParkNeverKnowWhatYoullFindJamesCarvilleQuoteWikipediaPresidentBillClintonDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsA Democratic strategist said in the run-up to Thanksgiving, 2017, that the holiday should be used to torture supporters of President Donald J. Trump.

Then candidate Trump’s 2016 opponent, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s full infamous quote: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.  Right?”

It seems that slurs and name calling – what debaters call the low-brow tactic of using a demeaning attack on the person – is something that the Clintons, their strategists have been willing to do.

That Clinton quote was widely considered to be one of the reasons that many turned out to vote for Donald Trump. Among those Trump supporters, per a New York Times poll, and a survey in a manufactured home community by the Daily Business News, were owners of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post-code manufactured homes.

Wikipedia says that the quote, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” was used in “January 1996; thought to be a reference to Paula Jones and her charge that President Clinton had sexually assaulted her, but Carville insisted he meant Gennifer Flowers.”

Quotes below by Carville are exactly as found on Wikipedia.  

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Consider those quotes in the light of the sexual harassment scandals that have embroiled Hollywood, the media, politics, and business.

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 Isn’t this part of the antidote to the t-word issue? JD Harper seemed to think so, per his op-ed, linked below.

 

Harper – Thank You Rev Donald Tye, Fighting for Enhanced Preemption of Manufactured Homes

Is it any wonder that during the presidential debates, when Secretary Clinton went after candidate Trump for the allegations against him, that he fired back by saying that Clinton had defended her husband’s womanizing and attacks on women? Attacks that cause Bill Clinton to be disbarred for lying under oath, led to his impeachment, and caused him to pay out a 6 figure settlement to one of his accusers?

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That bad behavior exists in both major political parties is a given.  Tammy Bruce, a radio host and Fox News commentator said she believes that the split is going to be 70 percent Democrat, 30 percent Republican when the evidence comes out of who did what in congressional sexual abuse settlements that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.

Sexual Harassment, Workplace Poll, Congress, President Sound Off – MH Industry Impact?

Many Democrats are circling the wagons around Al Franken, even though some insiders say that it would be rising star Keith Ellison (D-MN) that would likely get the nod from Minnesota’s Democratic governor, if Franken is ousted, and a replacement is named.

The party whose prior president and last presidential candidate brought the nation ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank is the party that Warren Buffett has supported.

And Secretary Clinton is a student of Saul Alinsky.

“Never Let a Serious Crisis Go To Waste”

All of these are allegations are points that can readily be documented.

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Hillary Clinton, left, Warren Buffett, right. Credit – Boston Globe. For a related report, click the above.  

It is up to independent minded manufactured home professionals to decide who among the industry’s billionaires are correct?

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Zell photo credit, MHProNews. Communities photo credit, ELS. Related report, click here or the above.

Sam Zell, in the quote above, or those that backed Clinton and Obama, that gave the industry the woes that MHI is claiming to combat?

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Why Are Billionaires Attracted to Manufactured Homes?

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Dodd-Frank: Clintons, Buffett, Trump and What it all Means

December 5th, 2016 Comments off
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President Obama signs Dodd-Frank into law. Credit: The White House.

With President-elect Donald Trump set to take office in a few weeks, one of the issues front and center is Dodd-Frank and what will happen to the legislation, which Senators Elizabeth Warren (D. MA.) and Bernie Sanders (I. VT.) have vowed to defend.

The issues, opinions, perspectives and points of reference abound.

Patrick J. Richard provided his take in American Banker, making the case that dumping Dodd-Frank could restore executive accountability to the financial sector.

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Patrick Richard. Credit: American Banker.

Absent from the debate over rolling back Dodd-Frank,” wrote Richard, “is recognition of how a regulatory recalibration – restoring balance between risk and rules – would also restore more personal responsibility on the part of financiers.

Richard used Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway as an example of risk/rule balance in action, including Buffet’s line from his 2004 annual letter to shareholders that said “After all, who ever washes a rental car?

The ‘rental car’ in the oft-used expression could be a metaphor for the current financial services industry,” wrote Richard. “It has been so influenced by government regulation since the crisis that executives and boards of directors perhaps feel less ownership and accountability for its performance. Good governance recognizes that executives should treat the bank’s investments at least as carefully as their own money – or car.

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Parady of CFPB logo – credit, Plus 1 Properties. Cartoon collage credit, MHProNews.

Buffett referred to the importance of aligning executive and director incentives with shareholder interests in his 2004 letter.  In it, he made clear that all Berkshire Hathaway directors purchased their holdings in the markets just as normal shareholders did and that Berkshire Hathaway does not carry Directors & Officers liability insurance.

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Warren Buffett, President Obama, credit – Motely Fool.

Buffett’s approach here is simple but far-reaching,” wrote Richard. “Directors and officers put ‘skin in the game’ and hold the same economic upside and downside as shareholders. They also face personal liability and full accountability for the legal ramifications of any misdeeds. Directors and officers do the right thing in part because it is in their personal interest to do so.

Richard also shared how this equation is more complicated for banks, as they treat shareholders and depositors as key stakeholders, even though their interests can be at odds. In part, this ties into the “why we need it” narrative of Dodd-Frank regulation. 

In reaction to the financial crisis, Dodd-Frank produced a blizzard of regulations to proscribe a litany of behaviors. But this approach has proven costly, complicated, stifling to innovation and susceptible to gaming,” wrote Richard. “Worse, it may have actually undermined executive accountability: The CEO in effect becomes a compliance manager rather than driver of key business decisions, often left to rely on the secondary assurances from risk managers and other mid-level managers.

Richard sums up his take by stating that massive regulation offers the opposite of the Warren Buffett approach. “By creating a system of highly detailed regulations that no CEO or board could recite, let alone master, Dodd-Frank and other regulatory schemes empower specialists, lawyers and bureaucrats,” wrote Richard.

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Hilary Clinton. Credit: AP. 

Understanding the Clinton Connection

A recent editorial from Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) highlights comments from Hillary Clinton at a September Presidential debate, and shows how the Clinton Administration – not the tax cuts during the Bush 43 Administration – set the stage for Dodd-Frank.

In 1995, using the powers of the presidency, Bill Clinton turned the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act into an aggressive program that basically forced banks to lend money to ‘underserved’ communities,” the article said.

Credit: IBD.

Credit: IBD.

That meant those with low incomes who couldn’t necessarily repay a loan.

This is where The Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) comes in.

Under HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, the agency became particularly aggressive, in 2000 making a goal of over $1 trillion in new loans to low-income minority households,” the article said. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were told to make at least half of their loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers, mainly minorities.

Banks suddenly found that regulators had the power to refuse their branch expansions or reject a merger if they weren’t making enough loans to otherwise unqualified minority borrowers. So they played along.

They made the loans, and Freddie and Fannie bought the loans right back. It was like a game of musical chairs, and the Fed kept the game going in the early 2000s by cutting interest rates. Every time Republicans in Congress or President Bush talked about reforming housing programs, Democrats like Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut threw fits, threatening to gum up Congress and implying that GOP lawmakers were racists. The Republicans backed off.

And the connection is made.

Tax cuts had nothing to do with this whatsoever. Nor did the minor tinkering to the 1930s-era Glass-Steagall law in 1999, which was implicated in none of the major Wall Street insolvencies or subsequent bailouts during the crisis,” the article said.

It’s another die-hard Democratic myth,” IBD stated, “intended to absolve themselves of blame for the crisis. And the economy-killing Dodd-Frank financial regulations passed in 2010 were based on these Democratic myths — which is why we’re now having the worst economic expansion in modern history.

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MH Connections

Among the overlooked causes for the big slide of manufactured housing from the 372,000+ shipments hit in 1998 to the low ebb of the mid-to-late 2000s was loose lending standards of conventional housing lenders.  Buyers that once would have turned to manufactured homes for their housing, instead used so called “no doc” “liar loans” that boosted conventional housing at the expense of manufactured and modular home production.

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The initial nose-dive of manufactured housing that came after 1998 was due to a large volume of repossessions from poorly underwritten loans.  But the next bite out of the industry’s proverbial apple was equally poor – and far costlier to the U.S. economy and millions of conventional housing owners – loans made on houses that were too risky, and failed. Graphic image credit, Patrick.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have followed Dodd-Frank, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its effect on the MH industry closely, including both being in the Trump Administration crosshairs, the CFPB being ruled unconstitutional, and who the Feds and the CFPB are working for on a practical level.

paulbradleycredtimhpronewsstanthonycasehighlightsbattleovercommunityownersrightsvsresidentsrights-dailybusinessnewsThe issue brings a common divide.  Paul Bradley stated his concerns about bringing Dodd-Frank to an end in a new article, linked here, concerned that ending those standards could mean a return to “predatory lending.”

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Manufactured homes ready for shipment. Image credit – Wikipedia.

On the other side are those – such as award-winning retailer, Alan Amy – who told Inside MH that he believes that CFPB regulations are costing around 30% to 35% more sales of manufactured homes a year. If Amy is correct, that would mean some 25,000 (+/-) new manufactured homes a year. So this issue is front and center for manufactured housing professionals.

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Award winning manufactured home retailer Alan Amy estimated in the video linked above that Dodd-Frank is costing the MH industry – and prospective home buyers – 30% + more sales every year. Credits – Inside MH – MHLivingNews – Sunshine Homes and ManufacturedHomes.com.

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Warren Buffett Billions Richer, Check His Huge Gains After Trump Win

November 23rd, 2016 Comments off
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Even though the candidate that he backed lost the election, Warren Buffett has still made out in a major way.

According to CNBC, the multi-billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway has seen his investment portfolio explode in the days since Trump’s stunning upset on November 8th.

Buffett has benefited particularly well from the many financial holdings he has in the company’s portfolio. Bank stocks have surged since Trump’s win, on anticipation of higher rates and less regulation from Wall Street.

When factored together, six of Berkshire Hathaway’s financial holdings have delivered $4.3 billion in profits to Buffett since November 9th. With a rise in bank related stocks, Berkshire’s Class B shares were up 8.6 percent through Monday’s close and have jumped more than 20 percent year to date.

The rise of the stock since Election Day has added $3.8 billion to Buffett’s personal wealth, bringing his total since Trump’s victory, between his company and himself, to more than $8.1 billion.

There’s more.

Warrants that Buffett purchased in 2011 gave him the rights to buy 700 million Bank of America shares for $7.14 each. Those warrants have seen a surge in value, as BofA stock has jumped 15 percent.

The total increased value is about $3 billion, putting Buffett’s total haul after the election at more than $11 billion.

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Kevin Clayton, left, Warren Buffett, right, standing in a Clayton Homes model. Credit, TodayOnline.

Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to many of the industry’s suppliers, lending and producers, which are tracked on the MHProNews business daily market report.  For last night’s report, which reflects a record close on all three major U.S. markets, click here.

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Paul Krugman, credit News-Site.

What is being called the “Trump Rally” on Wall Street is a response to the pro-growth policies of the president-elect, because Republicans now control the House, Senate and the White House once Donald J. Trump is sworn into office on Friday at about noon Eastern time, on January 20, 2017.

Not all economists thought that this Trump rally would occur. New York Times columnist and economist, Paul Krugman, wrote this in the wee hours of November 9th;  “It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. … If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.”

As Daily Business News readers are aware, we reported on a recent Warren Buffett interview, where he said that people should give President-elect Trump a chance. That story is here. ##

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NFIB By The Numbers: Trump, Clinton and Small Business

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As part of their “Election Center” feature, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has published Who Will You Choose? Presidential Issue Comparison, that analyzes each candidates position on issues that are important to small business.

The data is pulled directly from candidates’ plans.  NFIB notes that they don’t endorse candidates for the highest office in the land, but they do provide a head-to-head comparision, so their members can make an informed choice.

So, where do they stand? Let’s take a look.

Income Tax Rate

Trump: Proposes reducing the number of tax brackets to three: 12%, 25%, and 33%.

Clinton: Proposes a new tax surcharge on high-income taxpayers effectively raising the top rate to 43.6%. Proposes increasing capital gains taxes and implementing the “Buffett” rule to enact a new minimum tax rate on those with over $1 million adjusted gross income.

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Hillary vs Trump – credit BBC.

Business Tax Rate

Trump: Proposes a new 15% business rate that would apply to corporations and pass through businesses.

Clinton: Proposes no change in corporate tax rates.

Estate Tax

Trump: Proposes elimination of the Estate Tax, but capital gains held until death will be subject to tax, with the first $10 million tax-free as under current law to exempt small businesses and family farms. 

Clinton: Proposes restoring the federal estate tax to 2009 levels and create new brackets for estates over certain sizes: 45% for estates over $3.5 million, 50% for over $10 million, 55% for over $50 million, and 65% for over $500 million.

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Regulation

Trump: Proposes eliminating the EPA’s Waters of U.S. rule and Clean Power Plan rule.

Clinton: Supports the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and Clean Power Plan rule and proposes additional measures to transition U.S. energy sources to renewables.

Health Care

Trump: Proposes repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with Health Savings Accounts.

Clinton: Proposes expanding the Affordable Care Act by creating a new “public option” government-run insurance plan. She proposes increasing tax credits to assist with health insurance premiums. She also proposes allowing people over 55 buy into Medicare.

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For Frank Griffin’s report on this issue, complete with videos, please click here. Credit: Wikipedia.

Energy

Trump: Proposes opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands.

Clinton: Proposes putting additional regulations on oil and natural gas development.

Paid Leave 

Trump: Proposes expanding unemployment insurance (UI) programs to pay for six weeks of maternity leave. Trump proposes paying for increased leave by eliminating fraud in the UI program.

Clinton: Proposes 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Clinton proposes paying for the increased leave with higher taxes on the “wealthy.

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