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Circle of Competence Issue #85

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“The goal of investment is to find situations where it is safe not to diversify.” - Charlie Munger

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The California housing crisis (Bloomberg)

I am undoubtedly biased in favor of real estate development in communities that need additional housing. Density is always preferable in communities that are experiencing high net migration trends in my opinion, and the lack of affordable housing can be solved in two predominant ways:

1. Politically (the traditional way), by updating zoning regulations to accommodate the needed density in urban areas where jobs are increasingly being created.

2. Technologically (the new, much needed approach), for example, with 3-D printing technology that can build concrete structures for 1/10th of the cost and in days rather than months. Check out the profile on Icon Build below for how this technology may be able to fill gaps in our massive affordable housing shortage nationwide.

My position on this is simple: rent control will not solve the affordable housing issue because it will discourage development from taking place, further limiting the supply that is desperately needed in the state. I'd love someone's thoughts on affordable housing who may see things differently.

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Investing:

Brookfield Asset Management's 3Q 2019 Investor Day Presentation (