Wall Street Puts More Real Estate Investment In High-Tax States
The latest version of Truth In Accounting’s “Financial State of States” report is out, detailing the fiscal status of every state in the union, and the implied financial burden on the taxpayer from state spending.
“At the end of the fiscal year (FY) 2018, 40 states did not have enough money to pay all of their bills. This means that to balance the budget – as is supposedly required by law in 49 states – elected officials have not included the true costs of the government in their budget calculations and have pushed costs onto future taxpayers. […] We then rank the states based on these measures.”
Put simply, most states in the union don’t have a balanced budget, but they’re required by law to balance the budget. What that means is that these states will have to raise taxes and/or cut spending in order to balance their budget. The more in debt they are, the more severe the austerity will be. In other words, while a state might seem like a good investment now, its fiscal situation might make it a relatively less attractive long-term investment than you might think.
We compared this report to the weightings we have in the domestic real estate index I work on, USREX, on the state level. The chart below shows our over/underweighting in office real estate in each state. The darker the green, the more overweight we are compared to cap-weighted.
Originally published on Townhall Finance.
Charles is a political risk analyst for Bowyer Research, has been published on Affluent Investor, RealClearMarkets, RealClearPolitics, Asia Times, and has been a guest on The Glen Meakem Radio Program.