Senator Elizabeth Warren, Other Lawmakers Rip ‘Sham Research’ Defending Private Equity, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones11182019ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesWhen left- and right-leaning media outlets arrive at similar concerns on something that isn’t political theater, it is a reasonable signal that more attention needs to be paid from those on both sides of the two major party-political divide. Senator Elizabeth Warren and other lawmakers are raising serious concerns about often vexing issues, but their solutions are coming under serious fire from both sides as missing the mark. On a day when markets rose to new highs, a look at those nuances and details will be our featured focus this evening.


Regular readers please note there are a few tweaks to some of the standard portions of our evening market/investing report. Read carefully as some changes of the ‘standard text’ that follows before our left-right headlines and also in other features near the end of tonight’s reports.

Every evening our headlines that follow provide snapshots from two major media outlets on each side of the left-right news spectrum that reflect topics that influence or move investor sentiment. In moments on this business evening report, you can get ‘insights-at-a-glance.’

This report also sets the broader context for manufactured housing markets, in keeping with our mantra, “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing” ©.

We begin with headlines left-of-center CNN followed by right-of-center Fox Business. We share closing tickers and other related data courtesy of Yahoo Finance, and more. 5 to 10 minutes reading this MHProNews market report every business night could save you 30 minutes to an hour of similar reading or fact-gathering elsewhere.

Perhaps more important, you will get insights about the industry from experts that care, but also dare to challenge the routine narrative that arguably keeps manufactured housing underperforming during an affordable housing crisis.


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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business.

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  • Chinese consumers continue to spend, despite concerns about tariffs
  • WeWork braces for mass layoffs this week
  • The United States once again kicks the Huawei can down the road
  • FedEx CEO challenges the New York Times to a debate after critical story
  • Airbus lands $30 billion in new orders for planes
  • T-Mobile CEO John Legere will step down
  • Google requested a trove of documents from the Texas attorney general’s antitrust probe
  • Companies pull support for Prince Andrew’s networking event
  • Lindsey Graham faces heat from right-wing media
  • Marie Kondo cleared your homes of clutter. Now she wants to sell you stuff
  • How much should you be spending on vacations?
  • Startup raises $51 million to take on retirement industry
  • Andrew Yang: As president, I will establish a Department of the Attention Economy
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  • Chick-fil-A will no longer donate to anti-LGBTQ organizations
  • Kylie Jenner sells a $600 million stake in her cosmetics company
  • Ford takes aim at Tesla with electric Mustang SUV
  • Volvo’s first fully electric car will also be one of its safest cars ever
  • Tesla will finally reveal its electric pickup
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  • What you should know about Google Stadia’s launch
  • Google’s secret weapon as it pushes into gaming
  • PlayStation 5 will feature a redesigned controller
  • Sony slashes prices on cloud gaming service a month before Google rival launches
  • Big tech is betting big on gaming
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  • Mary Daly, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, joined other U.S. central bankers on Tuesday in supporting patience on future interest rate moves amid economic uncertainty.
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  • For some people, glass houses offer just the right amount of exposure
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  • How the Trump era has sorted us into ‘pro,’ ‘anti’ and ‘never’ categories


Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business.

  • Boeing allegedly didn’t probe 737 MAX safety until after SECOND deadly crash
  • Monday’s lawsuit, filed in the Court of Chancery in Delaware, said the first crash was “the biggest red flag an airline manufacturer can face.”
  • Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq ALL climb to record highs amid ongoing trade talks
  • US, China hold ‘constructive discussions,’ Beijing says
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  • VARNEY: Hong Kong’s ‘dynamic’ society has been turned on its head
  • Taylor Swift’s performance STILL in doubt despite reported agreement
  • CHALLENGE ON THE FIELD: NFL star’s helmet brawl suspension takes turn
  • How Joel Osteen got the million-dollar church Kanye West visited
  • McDonald’s new CEO tells employees: ‘I’d like to hear from you’
  • 5 financial tasks you should tackle by year-end
  • Trump doesn’t have to release tax returns — for now, court rules
  • The 5 airlines most likely to bump you from your seat
  • Varney: Impending failure of Trump’s impeachment could make you money
  • At least 3 people dead in Oklahoma Walmart shooting
  • AmEx is paying up to get businesses to accept its cards
  • US farm country hit by propane emergency
  • USPS’ downward spiral could wreck your holiday plans
  • FTC has ‘MULTIPLE’ ongoing probes into big tech platforms, chief reveals
  • KEEPING UP WITH KOSMETICS: Kylie Jenner unloads stake in beauty company
  • Former NBA player: CBD needs to be regulated
  • Vegetarians, vegans aren’t even eating most plant-based alternatives
  • This is the main hold-up keeping Kaepernick out of the NFL right now
  • Boost Mobile founder willing to pay billions to get brand from Sprint
  • Pennsylvania will improve prison conditions for death row inmates
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  • Multimillion-dollar yachts destroyed in predawn fire at Florida marina
  • This airline just took a massive leap of faith on Boeing’s 737 Max
  • Chick-fil-A to stop donating to Salvation Army: report
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  • Ilhan Omar’s alleged $150K payment to lover’s firm raises questions
  • Biden camp falls for Sanders fan’s prank, promotes party at Epstein estate
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  • Trump admin extends China’s Huawei a massive trade war olive branch
  • Starbucks attendance declines in wake of open-bathroom policy: Study
  • Trump meets with Fed’s Powell at White House after berating him for months
  • Nissan recalls 450,000 vehicles, saying brake issue could cause fires
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  • US colleges’ bottom line hurt by third straight drop in foreign students
  • American homeowners staying put longer for this solid economic reason
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  • Egypt could face US sanctions over Russian fighter jet buy
  • Kansas researcher denies working for Chinese university, calls it an extortion attempt


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Featured Focus – Where Business, Politics, and Investing Meet


There are a myriad of other ways that corporate interests can wield their influence. One way they do so is by funding sham research – by consultants and researchers who receive big bucks for their work – to back up their views,” Senators Elizabeth Warren and six other lawmakers wrote to Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio, said left-of-center CNBC.

The lawmakers sent a letter to Ernest & Young, accusing the accounting firm of helping the American Investment Council put together a report to defend the private equity industry that the politicians believe skewed the facts.

From the report ripped by Senator Warren and others.

Read the letter here.

These studies are distorted and biased and misused in the regulatory and legislative and regulatory process, lending an air of legitimacy to corporate special pleading. The new EY report, prepared with and for a trade group for the private equity industry, appears to be a picture-perfect example of such sham study,” the lawmakers wrote.

The private equity defending report, released in October, presents a different portrait of the private equity industry than the one put forward by populist politicians like Senators Warren, Bernie Sanders and other lawmakers.

To see this full size, click to download and then open. From the report ripped by Senator Warren and others.

What is missing from their analysis is the point raised by Manufactured Home Living News and MHProNews; namely, that ‘progressive’ billionaires like Warren Buffett can make contributions through dark money channels that fund attacks on private equity in a way that could spark more regulations that actually serve to benefit what Warren and others have said is vulture capitalism.

Big companies can withstand more regulations better than smaller firms. So attacks that may be misconstrued as diminishing all of – for example – manufactured housing can actually benefit those funding the attacks. Who says? The logic of Roth Carol for one.


Just as the power to tax is the power to destroy, so too the power to regulate – or the power of negative media – is a power to harm several sectors of an entire industry.

Back to Warren’s and the other lawmaker’s letter. Representatives for Ernst & Young, KKR and AIC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

The lawmakers argued, “a recent analysis of private equity buyouts from 1980 to 2013 found that average earnings per worker fell by nearly 2 percent, compared to similar companies not owned by private equity.” That may be true. But the question is, how does one address it?

Ironically, Warren herself has presented a potentially better solution than new legislation. That could be a more robust enforcement of existing laws, like antitrust action.


When it comes to principles that impact manufactured housing and manufactured home land-lease communities, and their residents – a variety of sources across the left-right divide are seeing similar fundamental facts, it is the solutions that vary widely.

Intentionally or not, Warren’s proposals may benefit some of the very people she claims to want to tax and regulate more.

There are also other practical concerns that CNBC’s analysis raised, see that in the video posted below. Namely, that the taxes on investments – under Warren’s proposal – could exceed that of the investment itself. That would clearly deter the investment in the first place.



That analysis is similar to what Mark Cuban, an often Democratic supporting CNBC personality in a recent Fox Business interview said.



When left and right sources raise similar concerns, it is a good idea to take a closer look. For more as to how the concerns relate to manufactured housing – see the related reports below.

Related Reports:

Barriers to Entry, Persistence, and Exiting in Business, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes




Investor Alert – Manufactured Housing Institute Paltering Concerns, Fannie Mae’s Duty to Serve, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stocks Updates

Saturday Satire and Executive Summaries for Manufactured Housing Professionals, Investors, Advocates, Researchers, Public Officials, and Investigators


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, a manufactured home industry lender



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