Here we go again
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Real Estate Trusts

From a recent LA Times article

“After buying tens of thousands of single-family homes in beaten-down markets, major investment firms have quickly become major landlords”

New research from Morgan Stanley predicts that the buy-to-rent sector will grow from $17 billion now to $100 billion over the next several years. These companies have proved the business model viable and will be able to get debt financing to grow their stake in the suburbs, the analysts wrote.

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Sneaky tax breaks hidden in Fiscal Cliff deal
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“The financial services industry, whose leaders had earlier joined a group of other corporate executives pushing for a “fair” solution to the fiscal crisis, is one of the primary beneficiaries of special-interest tax breaks. The active-financing exception, for example, permits banks like Morgan Stanley to avoid the 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate on interest income from money lent overseas. A handful of other U.S.-based multinational companies with financing arms, such as Ford Motor Co. and General Electric, also use that exemption to lower their tax bills. The two-year cost to taxpayers is an estimated $11.2 billion, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.”

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