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The Real-Estate Boom Doom and Mega-Mogul Mayhem
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As we paraded through the doom boom that has been hitting the headlines this week, today's cavalcade of headlines appears to be in commercial real estate, from apartment complexes to office space, particularly in the biggest places with the priciest spaces, affecting the largest companies on the face of the earth.
Blackstone, a spinoff from BlackRock, is again in the news for its major losses. Having defaulted on a major commercial debt only weeks ago, its automatic braking system (like a Tesla in auto drive) is powering down on the brakes to slow the rapid rate of withdrawals from its REIT in order to save itself from an all-out collision. In a time of bank runs, REITs are facing their own fund runs, and we're not talking fun marathons through a spring park. The braking system has allowed only an amusingly numbered $666-million to slide out of the fund on $4.5-billion worth of withdrawal orders.
Vacancies in major commercial spaces in two of the nation's largest commercial regions -- New York and San Francisco -- have hit record highs, sending prices plunging. Seems no one wants to be in the nation's most liberal cesspools anymore. One big Manhattan tower just sold at a 50% loss. Sales are down a whopping 38%. Apartment sales volume, nationwide, is down 76%. It's a cliff-dive in commercial spaces.
Speaking of Manhattan and mega real-estate MAGA-moguls, the center of commerce and high-rollers in real estate in New York City is almost surprisingly quiet. Trump begged for "protest, protest, protest," yet almost no one showed up in all the days that followed his request, which came with a warning that it would surely get violent. Maybe that is because the whole trial would be a non-event if not for the fact that it has the "Trump" name on it.
We haven't seen the actual charges yet, but they certainly seem "Trumped-up" on DA Bragg's part from what we've heard out of Bragg so far. Seriously? Criminal charges for paying a porn star to keep her mouth shut? Nothing illegal about that at all, not even a misdemeanor. Wrongfully making it a business expense? A case can be made that, if it LEGALLY protects the reputation of the CEO or a pseudonymously named company, it protects the company's image. Not the best case to have to make, but probably doable. Wrongly claiming it as a "legal expense" on his business ledger? Well, it was paid to a lawyer to cover his lawyer's "expenses," so an argument can be made that it is a "legal expense." Like all things Trump, that might be walking the edge of legal argument; but, even if you lose that argument, that still only leaves it a minor misdemeanor that would be a paragraph of back-page news in the NYT, if any news at all, if it didn't have "Trump" writ large across it.
Trump's former capital of commerce might be giving him a legal headache, but these guys are also giving him buckets full of free publicity under the old advertising adage that "all press is good press" or "all news is good news," which was said like a mantra back in the days of "Ad men" on the basis that it all keeps your name current and in the papers so everyone is thinking about you. Trump has always thrived under that old-school publicity philosophy, which he has played adroitly for decades; so, unless today reveals some much more serious charges, he's likely to walk out of the courtroom two years from now as a vindicated martyr with two years of additional endless free publicity in all of the nation's major news outlets, which all remain addicted to him. DA Bragg may have little to brag about, unless it is his wish to go down as Trump's best Democrat publicity agent for providing him a path to martyrdom.
Economica (stocks in bondage, bonds in the stockade, market madness, etc.)
Housing Bubble Bust 2.0 (including commercial & global real estate)
Money Matters (monetary policy, gold, silver, cryptos & currency wars)
Famished & Enflamed (sanctions, shortages, famines & fires)
Overinflated (too much money chasing too few goods)
War, Cyberattacks, Civil Conflicts & Unrest
Politics & Social Decay
Winds of Change (extreme weather, climate change & green energy)
A Pox Upon Us (the plagues & pandemic policing of the 2020’s)
Off-the-Beat or Just Plain Offbeat News
Yet Another Derailment – This Time a Train Full of Beer in Montana River (Nearby small town will be delighted this time, fish, too.)