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Amazon wants to reward you for buying a gift card, by adding to its value. (Photo: Getty Images)
Amazon wants to reward you for buying a gift card, by adding to its value. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The yield on Italian 10-year
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0.680%

and 30-year
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1.529%

debt fell to record lows on Monday.

As this chart from Deutsche Bank shows, the yield on the Italian 10-year is lower than it was even before Italy became a country. Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid attached proxies for Italian debt, such as from Naples, to chart pre-1861 data. (There is also a gap in the data series for the 1700s.)

He also charted debt-to-gross-domestic-product, which shows the Italian economy with an all-time low capability to service that debt.

The move on Monday came after the European Central Bank’s chief economist gave an interview suggesting the central bank may take further action. Among the ECB’s actions stimulus so far is the purchase of government debt from countries including Italy, through what’s called the pandemic emergency purchase program.

“Has the ECB permanently suppressed yields and spreads or are there many more twists and turns to this story over the years ahead? I would lean towards the latter but for now Italian politics and their control of the second wave are acting as strengths and not weaknesses,” Reid said.

David Stockman, the former Reagan-era budget director and acerbic critic, looked at the same chart and issued this brief but withering analysis: “when central banks crush rates, politicians bury their governments in debts.”

The current explosion in debt-to-GDP has been because the latter dropped, precipitously. The Italian economy shrank by 18% year-over-year in the second quarter.

Italy also has been issuing more debt. According to Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy is forecast to issue a net €177 billion in new debt in 2020, compared with €54 billion in 2019.

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An international investment firm now owns an industrial park at DFW International Airport.

New York-based Brookfield Properties acquired the three-building Passport Logistics Center.

The 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution complex was developed by Dalfen Industrial, which has headquarters offices in Dallas and Canada. The buildings are at the south end of the airport near Airport Freeway and are part of the airport’s mixed-use Passport Park development.

Dalfen built the Passport Logistics Center in partnership with Brookfield, which now is the full owner of the business park.

“With the project’s prime location and best-in-class functionality, Brookfield Properties leased 50% of the project during construction,” Brookfield Properties officials said in a statement. “Over the past three years, Brookfield Properties has increased its footprint in the Metroplex, adding over 5.5 million square feet across nine transactions.”

During the last year, Brookfield has added more than $1.2 billion in logistics properties in the U.S.

North Texas warehouse construction is barely keeping up with demand.

Dalfen Industrial in turn has bought five industrial buildings in Fort Worth and San Antonio.

In Fort Worth, Dalfen acquired the new Mark IV Commerce Center, a three-building, more than 1 million-square-foot industrial park at Interstate 35W and Interstate 820. The buildings were developed by Crow Holdings Industrial.

Dalfen also purchased two industrial buildings north of San Antonio off Interstate 35.

“Best-in-class properties in exceptional infill locations make these acquisitions a natural fit for our rapidly growing portfolio,” Sean Dalfen, president and chief investment officer of Dalfen Industrial, said in a statement.

Dalfen Industrial now owns more than 4 million square feet of industrial buildings in Texas.

Dalfen Industrial bought the Mark IV Commerce Center in North Fort Worth.
Dalfen Industrial bought the Mark IV Commerce Center in North Fort Worth.(Dalfen Industrial )

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The Boca Raton Country Club hasn’t been making money, and now its owners are handing it over to the city.

Will it become a municipal money pit? No one knows.

Optimistic city officials say they might break even or perhaps lose a bit of money, but it’s a gamble they’re willing to take.

“It’s a matter of preserving green space,” said Boca City Councilman Andy Thomson. “The city of Boca Raton takes an enormous amount of pride in its beaches, parks — none of those things generate money. It’s an amenity, and that’s how we view it.”

The owners of the exclusive club announced the unusual donation this week, and the city plans to open the 130-acre property to the public in about a year.

The club, at 17751 Boca Club Blvd., features an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a clubhouse and pool. The course and clubhouse are surrounded by 12 subdivisions in a giant gated community featuring townhomes, single-family homes and condos.

The country club’s owners, MSD Partners and Northview Hotel Group, acquired the property in June 2019 when they also bought the Boca Raton Resort and Club, a luxurious destination situated off Camino Real that is frequented by the wealthy, famous and business leaders.

The owners said they were giving up the country club to focus on the Boca Raton Resort and Club. They would not reveal the country’s club’s finances on Friday.

The city’s cost to operate the Boca County Club course will be built into next year’s budget, but a city spokeswoman said no records are available to show what the cost will be or how much the city expects to lose, if anything. Those projections are still being studied, said spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson.

Thomson said he was told the course could cost “something like $1

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the U.S. will collect tariffs on  $1.96 billion worth of aluminum sheet from 18 countries after determining the goods were unfairly dumped here, the broadest trade enforcement action by the agency in more than two decades.

Collection of the duties on imports from nations including Germany, Bahrain and Oman will go into effect immediately, even though the department’s determination was preliminary, Ross said. The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to make a final determination in February 2021, he said.

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“This is the largest and most far-reaching case that our department has brought in more than 20 years,” Ross said Friday morning during an interview with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo.

Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey were also affected.

The money that the U.S. is now moving to collect comes from cash deposits already put down by importers. If the commission rules next year that the countries weren’t unfairly dumping aluminum products, the cash deposits will be returned.

China is not on the list, Ross said, because the department already collects tariffs on Beijing’s aluminum products. That levy has pushed excess Chinese output into other markets, displacing production in those countries and leading their producers to flood the U.S. with goods priced low enough to undercut American manufacturers.

“It’s a very complicated matter,” Ross said, but “there’s a lot of illegal dumping in the U.S., and that’s what we’re clamping down on.”

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