Wall St Journal-Private Equity Giants Linked to Manufactured Housing Industry ‘Near Settlements with SEC’ Over Apparently Prohibited Communiqués – Facts with Analysis; plus MHVille Markets


According to the right-leaning Wall Street Journal (WSJ or The Journal) said on 5.28.2024: “Blackstone, TPG and Carlyle Group disclosed they have been cooperating with the SEC.” Under the headline: “Private-Equity Giants Near Settlements with SEC Over Texting Violations” by Mengqi Sun, the Journal said: “Under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s [SEC] rules, financial firms are required to preserve and monitor their employees’ written communications, which creates a paper trail for regulators to monitor and enforce compliance with federal laws.” The WSJ report stated that the SEC, since December 2021 has filed “charges against 60 firms and imposed more than $1.7 billion in fines for failing to maintain and preserve electronic communication, a senior enforcement official said in April.” Others involved in manufactured home investing are also apparently involved, as the report that follows will reflect.

From the WSJ are the following quotes with more related facts with analysis.

Part I

QuoteMarksLeftSideSome of Wall Street’s biggest private-equity firms said they are negotiating settlements with the U.S. markets regulator over their employees’ use of banned communication channels.

Blackstone, TPG and Carlyle Group disclosed in their latest quarterly filings that they have been cooperating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s record-keeping investigations and have begun discussions with the agency’s enforcement staff about potential resolutions.”

While it is unclear from the WSJ report what the nature of the communications have been about, each of those private equity firms is known to have investments in the manufactured home industry. Regardless if the topic were manufactured housing or manufactured home land-lease communities or not, the information reported by the Journal regarding the prohibition of failing to preserve all written communications, regardless of the medium or ap, is instructive for manufactured home industry pros. Deleting messages can be costly, as the big fines discussed in their article reflect.

QuoteMarksLeftSideBlackstone, in its latest quarterly report filed in early May, said its financial results for the first quarter of 2024 “include an accrual for the estimated liability related to this matter.” TPG, in a quarterly filing filed in May, also said it recorded for the period ending March 31 a contingent liability related to the probe.

It remains unclear from filings how much the two firms have set aside for potential settlements with the SEC.

Carlyle, in its quarterly filing on May 7, said the SEC has been looking into its retention of business communications sent in texts and on messaging apps such as WhatsApp and WeChat. The buyout firm added that there was no assurance that a settlement would be reached.”

MHProNews readers may recall the drama around Cavco Industries (CVCO) woes with the SEC, which resulted in years of legal maneuvers and litigation before there was finally a settlement. Starting with an announcement in 2018, it was only recently that Cavco’s CEO William “Bill” Boor disclosed that the final corporate officer involved reached a deal with the SEC.  Selling, general and administrative Expenses (SGA) declined at Cavco, said Boor, as a result of lower outlays for legal and other related services. That noted, back to what the WSJ said, and the large costs involved to date in improper communications handling cases launched in recent years at the SEC.

QuoteMarksLeftSideThe private-equity firms’ disclosures come as U.S. regulators have continued their crackdown on off-channel communications violations over the past few years. The SEC since December 2021 has filed charges against 60 firms and imposed more than $1.7 billion in fines for failing to maintain and preserve electronic communication, a senior enforcement official said in April.

Gurbir Grewal, director of the SEC’s enforcement division, said late last year that the harsh fines imposed on record-keeping violations have led to policy and procedures changes at firms.”

Apollo and KKR have also been asked for documents from the SEC, according to those firms latest quarterly filings, per the WSJ.

MHProNews has previously reported that Blackstone made a big bet in manufactured home communities (MHCs) in 2018.

As MHLivingNews and MHProNews reported, Blackstone (BX), TPG Capital, and the Carlyle Group (CG) were all among companies that Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D) addressed in her probe into purportedly predatory practices in manufactured home land-lease communities, as was Apollo (APO).  Bing’s AI powered Copilot both confirmed but curiously previously denied in a prior inquiry if KKR has invested in manufactured housing, so that remains unclear.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews have been reporting on the influence of private equity in several aspects of manufactured housing for years. Some relevant reports are linked below.










While the money private equity invests in manufactured housing is more readily tracked with publicly traded firms, as it is with respect to public companies involved in the broader housing market, what is often less obvious is the influence that private equity has on the business practices of the companies that they take out a significant stake in.

Some, for example, have said that private equity giants such as BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) ‘own the world.’ That’s obviously a gross exaggeration. That noted, it would be foolish to ignore the ways that those firms influence politics, economic activity, the news media, and big tech in the U.S. and beyond.  CINO and PINO Joe Biden (D) made private equity part of his state of the union with remarks that may have suggested the ‘predatory’ behavior of certain Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) linked brands.






Quote from the full length and award-winning Shadows of Libertydocumentary drama. Shadows exposed several aspects of the political, media, corporate, and regulatory nexus by interviewing insiders involved in it. It explores examples from left and right with the impact of money and information manipulation. Glover has served on a Warren Buffett funded board. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/danny-glover-and-revealing-manufactured-housing-realities-power-of-correct-questions-and-observations-regardless-of-good-bad-laughable-or-no-reply-plus-sunday-manufactured-home-weekly-r/
Media professor Deepa Kumar quote from the full length and award-winning “Shadows of Liberty” documentary drama. Shadows exposed several aspects of the political, media, corporate, and regulatory nexus by interviewing insiders involved in it. It explores examples from left and right with the impact of money and information manipulation.


Private equity is demonstrably linked to activities and operations that are limiting access to more affordable housing.


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Securities Docket, Market Screener, Global Investigations Review, Morning Star and others have published similar reports as the above from the WSJ. An array of media have stated that Blackstone, TPG and Carlyle Group are among the private equity firms negotiating with the SEC to attempt to settle claims of improper handling of communications via text or messaging aps, among other possible record retention concerns. So, this is an apparently well documented topic, based in part on public filings from the firms named.

Note that Virginia Governor Glen Younkin (R), as MHProNews previously reported, is a former Carlyle executive. Younkin is said to be on the list for a possible vice-presidential running mate for 45th President Donald J. Trump (R). MHProNews would editorially oppose the selection of Younkin by Trump.

MHProNews plans to monitor the developments with the SEC regarding Blackstone, TPG and The Carlyle Group and report as deemed warranted.  Blackstone (BX) and Carlyle (CG) are among the stocks tracked in the manufactured housing industry connected equities segment of the Daily Business News on MHProNews. See that in Part II of today’s article.

Programming Notice: MHProNews has been preparing an in-depth special report on private equity and its role in U.S. housing and manufactured housing. Watch for it. ##


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Part II – Our Daily Business News on MHProNews stock market recap which features our business-daily at-a-glance update of over 2 dozen manufactured housing industry stocks.

This segment of the Daily Business News on MHProNews is the recap of yesterday evening’s market report, so that investors can see at glance the type of topics may have influenced other investors. Thus, our format includes our signature left (CNN Business) and right (Newsmax) ‘market moving’ headlines.

The macro market moves graphics below provide context and comparisons for those invested in or tracking manufactured housing connected equities. Meaning, you can see ‘at a glance’ how manufactured housing connected firms do compared to other segments of the broader equities market.

In minutes a day readers can get a good sense of significant or major events while keeping up with the trends that may be impacting manufactured housing connected investing.


Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – 5.28.2024

  • Harvard to stay silent on issues that don’t impact university’s ‘core function’
  • Former FTX executive Ryan Salame sentenced to seven and a half years in prison
  • OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks during the Microsoft Build conference at the Seattle Convention Center Summit Building in Seattle, Washington on May 21, 2024.
  • OpenAI’s Sam Altman vows to give away most of his wealth through the Giving Pledge
  • Grocery shoppers use a self-checkout counter at a Whole Foods grocery store in Washington, DC, USA, 14 February 2024.
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  • Melinda French Gates explains why she resigned from the Gates Foundation — and what she’ll do now
  • Porsche reveals a new hybrid 911 as more consumers embrace hybrids over electric vehicles
  • US home prices hit another record high in March
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  • OpenAI announces new safety board after employee revolt
  • This is the word of the summer on Wall Street
  • China is pumping another $47.5 billion into its chip industry
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  • What’s open and closed on Memorial Day 2024
  • US box office on track to have worst Memorial Day weekend since 1995
  • Maybe you should stay home? 4 charts break down a busy Memorial Day weekend travel outlook
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  • NBC briefly lost signal during Indy 500 pre-race coverage because of severe weather
  • What’s open and closed on Memorial Day 2024
  • Americans are expected to splurge on travel this summer — again
  • Fashion, film and TikTok: Tennis is experiencing a resurgence
  • Their Nissan SUV was parked in the driveway. Then it caught fire and exploded


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Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax – 5.28.2024

  • Dems to Nominate Biden Virtually to Avoid Protests, Ohio Ballot Exclusion
  • Israel at War
  • US-Built Gaza Pier to Be Pulled for Repair After Just 2 Weeks
  • Israeli Tanks Reach Rafah’s Center Amid Global Scrutiny
  • UK’s Cameron: IDF Must Launch Swift Rafah Probe
  • Israel Leader Calls Spain ‘Complicit in Inciting Genocide’
  • Spain Recognizes Palestinian State
  • Joel Rosenberg: Haley Auditioning for Sec. of State?
  • Netanyahu: Israeli Strike on Rafah a ‘Tragic Mishap’
  • Amazon Restricts Workers From Supporting Israeli Hostage | video
  • Egyptian Guard Fatally Shot on Rafah Border
  • Biden Warns Israel After Lethal Rafah Strike: Safeguard Civilians
  • Newsmax TV
  • Napolitano: Trump Jurors Need Not Agree on Crime Committed
  • Former Rep. Hice: Nation’s Election Integrity ‘Sacred’ | video
  • Ric Grenell: Our Freedoms Are Being Taken Away | video
  • Fallon: Joe Would Pardon Hunter | video
  • Nancy Mace: Biden W. Point Mention Deliberate | video
  • Lee Greenwood: Wave of Patriotism in US Coming | video
  • Karoline Leavitt: Biden’s Narcissism ‘Disgraceful’ | video
  • Newsfront
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  • Republican lawmakers say they want to extend former President Donald Trump’s tax cuts that will lapse after 2025, but they’re undecided on how the estimated $4 trillion cost to do that will be covered, if at all…. [Full Story]
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  • Rasmussen Poll: Majority of Dems Want Biden Replaced
  • Expert: Biden Policies Leave Ukraine on ‘Back Foot’
  • Ukraine is being put “on the back foot” by the policies of President [Full Story]
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  • Increased Push to Allow Ukraine to Strike Russia With Western Arms
  • Russia Evading Sanctions Through Third-Party Central Asian Nations |Platinum Article
  • Putin Hints at Bombing Other ‘Densely Populated’ Nations
  • Judge Keeps Punishment of 30 Years at Resentencing for Man Who Attacked Paul Pelosi
  • Judge Keeps Punishment of 30 Years at Resentencing for Man Who Attacked Paul Pelosi
  • The man convicted of attempting to hold former Speaker Nancy Pelosi [Full Story]
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  • A Massachusetts theater has said it deeply regrets “the distress” [Full Story]
  • Blaming Corporate Greed for High Prices ‘Doesn’t Even Pass Smell Test’
  • Democrats who have repeatedly blamed “corporate greed” as the cause [Full Story] | Platinum Article
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  • Cruz’s Bill Seeks to Repeal Dems’ Natural Gas Tax
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  • County Looks to Renew $30K Migrant Water Deal
  • Pima County, Arizona, is expected to renew a contract that provides [Full Story]
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  • Nasdaq Crosses 17,000 Mark Ahead of Inflation Test
  • The Nasdaq breached the 17,000 level for the first time Tuesday, [Full Story]
  • The Daily Beast Cutting Staff Through Buyouts
  • The Daily Beast’s new leadership is reducing staff through buyouts. [Full Story]
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  • A new Rasmussen survey finds that 70% of voters say politicians [Full Story]
  • Robert De Niro: Trump Supporters Are ‘Low Lifes’
  • Actor Robert De Niro called supporters of former President Donald [Full Story]
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  • A class-action discrimination lawsuit by Social Security [Full Story]
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  • Pope Francis apologized Tuesday after he was quoted using a vulgar [Full Story]
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  • North Korea’s latest satellite launch exploded in a fireball before [Full Story]
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  • Finance
  • GOP Ponders Ways to Pay for Extended Trump Tax Cuts
  • Republican lawmakers say they want to extend former President Donald Trump’s tax cuts that will lapse after 2025, but they’re undecided on how the estimated $4 trillion cost to do that will be covered, if at all…. [Full Story]
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  • More Finance
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  • Epidurals Linked to Reduced Complications After Birth


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