Morning Report: New Home Sales fall 7/24/15

Markets are flattish on no real news. Bonds and MBS are up.

Amazon.com reported good numbers last night and is now the biggest retailer in the US, by market cap, surpassing Wal Mart. Last year, Walmart made $16 billion on $485 billion in revenue. Amazon. com lost $130 million on $89 billion in revenue.

New Home sales unexpectedly fell to 482k in June from a downward-revised 517k in May. Strange number given what we are seeing in housing starts / building permits, and numbers from the homebuilders. The median new home price fell 1.8% to $281,800.

Hillary Clinton is bemoaning the “tyranny of short-termism” in Corporate America. She wants to hike capital gains taxes, play with the tax code regarding executive compensation, and rein in activist investors. I hope someone in her staff whispers in her ear to google the term “agency costs” and has her read up on Armand Hammer. I am guessing this is just red meat for the base.

Sustainable Finance MBAs are having a rough go of it finding a job. Not surprising. Who wants a Social Justice Warrior managing their money? Maybe a union or a church. Not anyone who is concerned with, you know, actually making money. The business schools should be upfront about the job prospects for majors like these before students take on six figures worth of student loans.

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  1. I hope someone in her staff whispers in her ear to google the term “agency costs”

    I had to. An interesting concept which needs to be more widely examined.

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  2. Amazon.com reported good numbers last night and is now the biggest retailer in the US, by market cap, surpassing Wal Mart.

    I’m doing my little part to make this true; I hope Mr Bezos appreciates that!

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  3. Worth noting:

    “The Fed accidentally released a confidential analysis of where interest rates are going
    By Ylan Q. Mui July 24 at 1:27 PM”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/24/the-fed-accidentally-released-a-confidential-analysis-of-where-interest-rates-are-going/?hpid=z4

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  4. Sigh. Excellent proof that writers at places like Vox don’t even understand the arguments that their opponents make:

    “The rhetorical reason typically offered is that, as the American Enterprise Institute’s James Pethokoukis says, capital gains taxes are a “double tax.” The idea is that first Mr. Richpants gets paid a salary and pays taxes on it. Then he takes some of his after-tax dollars and invests them in the stock market. Then when he sells his stock, he is “taxed again” on his earnings in a way that would not have happened had he spent the money on a boat rather than invested it in the stock market.”

    http://www.vox.com/2015/7/20/9005911/hillary-clintons-capital-gains-quarterly-capitalism

    That’s not what double taxation of capital gains refers to at all. It’s all about paying the corporate income tax and then the capital gains (or dividend) tax on the same earnings.

    Actually on second thought I could be wrong. Yglesias may well understand the argument and is simply lying about it as stating it correctly wouldn’t advance his advocacy.

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    • jnc:

      “The idea is that first Mr. Richpants gets paid a salary and pays taxes on it. Then he takes some of his after-tax dollars and invests them in the stock market. Then when he sells his stock, he is “taxed again” on his earnings in a way that would not have happened had he spent the money on a boat rather than invested it in the stock market.”

      Wow. Talk about embarrassing ignorance.

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    • The utterly simplest solution to double taxation as a problem in and of itself is to make dividends deductible to the entity but taxable to the recipient.

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      • Mark:

        It would be much simpler to abolish the corporate income tax and tax dividends and capital gains as ordinary income.

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  5. This so called “double taxation” is a dog whistle, just more conservative code-speak for “we hate poor people and minorities”.

    Let’s get to the heart of the matter, shall we?

    It cannot be a description of a financial process. That’s crazy talk.

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  6. Wow. Talk about embarrassing ignorance.

    I have always thought the right understood the left way better than the left understands the right.

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  7. “So if you can determine whether one of your children is gay, should we pass a law saying you can’t abort a child because you found out that child’s going to be gay? You can’t abort a child because you found out that child was going to be a woman? How would you feel about a law like that?” he asked Maddow.

    http://journal.ijreview.com/2015/07/245379-happens-science-allows-us-abort-baby-gay-gene/

    Yes or no?

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    • McWing:

      Yes or no?

      Another uncomfortable question that those on the left will likely avoid answering. (As Maddow did.)

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  8. “The utterly simplest solution to double taxation as a problem in and of itself is to make dividends deductible to the entity but taxable to the recipient.”

    Or to push all the taxes down to the investor level, where it is harder to play games..

    corked by scott

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  9. of course the left would accuse republicans of trying to kill the corporate tax, so politically it is a non-starter. but I have to imagine it would raise more revenue

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    • If that’s a non-starter, then use my suggestion as the fall back. It wouldn’t resolve as much, but it would encourage paying dividends, which could garner more widespread support, while focusing less leftish criticism on corporate taxation.

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