Berkshire Hathaway Vice-Chair Munger Sounds of on MH Lender, Regulators; Plus MH Market Updates

CNNmoney2.14.2017ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsNot nearly enough manufactured housing professionals connect the Wells Fargo name with manufactured housing connected lending.

But in fact, Wells Fargo lends on manufactured homes, typically via government backed loans, and also on manufactured home communities too.

Berkshire Hathaway’s significant stake, and their Vice Chairman Charlie Munger’s comments on Wells are the reasons it will be this evening’s manufactured housing market connected featured report, further below.

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline reports are found further below, just beyond the Manufactured Housing Composite Value for today.

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

Manufactured Housing Composite Value

S&P 500 2,698.63 +35.69(+1.34%)

Dow 30 24,893.49 +253.04(+1.03%)

Nasdaq 7,143.62 +130.10(+1.86%)

Russell 2000 1,522.10 +27.15(+1.82%)

Crude Oil 60.70 +1.51(+2.55%)

Gold 1,354.50 +24.10(+1.81%)

Silver 16.84 +0.32(+1.92%)

EUR/USD 1.2454 +0.0105(+0.85%)

10-Yr Bond 2.91 +0.07(+2.57%)


Manufactured Housing Composite Value (MHCV)


Today’s Big Movers

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

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

Berkshire Vice Chair Munger on MH Lender, Wells Fargo

(Sources including Reuters) Munger spoke at the annual meeting of Daily Journal Corp, the Los Angeles-based newspaper publisher he chairs, where he also denigrated bitcoin (BTC=BTSP) as “noxious poison,” while urging reforms in the healthcare system.

CNBC broadcast the meeting, which hyped its attention.  Bloomberg and others carried reports on today’s statements by Munger.

Munger, 94, who has for four decades abeen vice chairman at Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N), which is Wells Fargo’s largest shareholder.

As has been noted previously by the Daily Business News, Wells isn’t as large in home lending as 21st or Vanderbilt (VMF) are in manufactured housing, but it is one of the larger lenders in the industry.  They’ve also done lending on land-lease communities for many years.

Of course, Wells Fargo had incentive systems that were too strong in the wrong direction, and of course they were too slow in reacting properly to bad news,” but “practically everyone” makes those kinds of mistakes, Munger said.

As regular Daily Business News readers know, Munger has made similar statements about Clayton’s alleged errors. See the video interview with Munger, posted on the page linked below.

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Wells Fargo will end up better off for having made those mistakes,” Munger said, added. “I think it’s time for regulators to let up on Wells Fargo. They’ve learned.”

Munger expressed concern about rising U.S. government debt, calling it “new territory for us,” though he expressed no alarm about the current economy.  Of course, before 2017, about half of that debt was generated by President Obama’s administration.  Warren Buffett, as industry readers largely know, publicly backed Barack Obama for both of his presidential campaigns.


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NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

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).


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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