Bloomberg – White House Floats Limits on U.S. Investments in Chinese Firms, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones9272019YahooManufacturedHomeProNewsStockReportUpdatesStocks went lower for a variety of reasons, but our focus report this evening will be U.S.-China trade. As MHProNews occasionally reminds readers, numbers of manufactured home producers have products and components that they use in building HUD Code homes that are stamped ‘made in China.’ Further, as investors are well aware, the trade tensions between the U.S. and China have been a roller-coaster. The hope – or lack thereof – that a new deal on U.S.-China trade have sent investors to move markets up or down for months. It is against that backdrop that we probe tonight a new report from left-of-center Bloomberg that the White House is pondering aloud the option of ‘limiting’ U.S. investments with China. It is obviously the latest pressure play that President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is using to force China to the table to make a deal that is meaningful, enforceable – or perhaps as he threatened earlier this month – to pull American interests out of China based upon a national emergency declaration. Don’t forget the 45th president is a former casino owner, so the dice keep getting rolled.


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Bloomberg broke the story, while CNBC and others in business media have picked it up.

Per Bloomberg:Trump administration officials are discussing ways to limit U.S. investors’ portfolio flows into China in a move that would have repercussions for billions of dollars in investment pegged to major indexes, according to people familiar with the internal deliberations.


Trump administration officials are discussing ways to limit U.S. investors’ portfolio flows into China in a move that would have repercussions for billions of dollars in investment pegged to major indexes, according to people familiar with the internal deliberations.”



  • The discussion is in its preliminary stages and nothing has been decided, CNBC’s source says.
  • There’s also no time frame for their implementation, the source adds.
  • Restricting investments in Chinese entities would be meant to protect U.S. investors from excessive risk due to lack of regulatory supervision, the source says.


As a disclosure, several firms that MHProNews has connections with have and/or are doing various degrees of purchases of Chinese made goods. That said, our stance has been consistent, and can be summed up like this:

  • ‘Saving money’ by doing business with a Chinese firm is like robbing Peter to pay Paul. Here are some reasons why.
  • Lower costs in China may be true enough. But those jobs, or others in products that were once built in the U.S.A. ends up meaning American workers have lost out. That in turn drives up social welfare and other costs.
  • Furthermore, it is U.S. residents that manufactured home builders are selling homes to, so where is the logic in building up the incomes of others overseas? Over time, doesn’t it just undermine the target market audience of HUD Code builders?
  • Building the Chinese economy has de facto built up China’s military. More American tax dollars are flowing into defense, because potential threats from China, Russia, North Korea and the like emerge. U.S. foreign policy is tied to U.S. trade policy.
  • It has been ludicrous that under Democratic and Republican administrations alike, that U.S. policy has undermined American workers and smaller businesses in ways that cost taxpayers more in defense, social services, and increases risk of potentially disastrous regional or global conflicts.
  • That doesn’t even touch on the issues of Oriental spying, intellectual theft of property, cyberattacks, human rights abuses, or more.  One need not look beyond weeks of protests in Hong Kong to get a clear sense of how people there feel about China’s government.  They are communists. They are not a free people.

President Trump plays some of his hand quite openly, but other ploys are more subtle. The 45th president can ‘win’ either way this goes. If he makes a so-called ‘good deal’ with China, he could be a hero on that score. But if he doesn’t get a deal, and capital ends up returning to the U.S. as a result of items like what Bloomberg is reporting, that too would make him a celebrity to millions of Americans.

That doesn’t mean that it is a no-risk stratagem. POTUS Trump has positioned himself in a fashion that allows him to benefit politically either way. See the related reports for more.

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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers

Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

        • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.
        • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).



Updated for Fall 2019

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