Maybe Andy Willis of the Mail and Globe should remind his readers about how “income trusts were packaged and sold” by the CONs.
Andy is having a very difficult time letting go of all of his support (tacit and otherwise) for Harper’s false premise for the tax.
Andy darling: Where’s the leakage? That’s what the legislation was passed on. The premise of tax leakage. Not the premise of ponzi schemes. Time to listen to someone other than DUI: Diane Urquhart Influence.
Approach the issue scientifically, not dogmatically, for example:
“Prove the case or drop the tax.” Diane Francis
Keeping score on income trusts
Andrew Willis, today at 5:05 PM EDT
For those interested in tracking the ups and downs of income trusts, a web site devoted to the sector posted a scorecard this week on distribution hikes and cuts over the first half of the year.
A total of 38 trusts bumped up the cash they hand out to owners in the first six months of the year, according to data assembled by IncomeTrustResearch.com and published on Tuesday. The average distribution increase was 16.4 per cent, with the energy trusts supplying much of that joy on the back of record oil prices.
Seven energy trusts hiked distributions by an average of 33.9 per cent. Meanwhile, the business trusts raised payouts by an average of 12.5 per cent.
The study by IncomeTrustResearch showed that the trust hall of shame picked up 16 members through the first half of 2008. That's how many funds cut or halted distributions. Including the five trusts that resorted to complete suspensions, these trusts averaged 61-per-cent reductions in their distributions.
Those wondering why there's so much focus on trusts that cut distributions should recall how most of these companies were packaged and sold.
With a few exceptions, such as commodity play SKF Pulp Fund, trusts were marketed by the Street as income-generating investments. Many investors were sold on trusts as replacements for bonds in their portfolios at a time when interest rates were at historic lows. When these trusts fail to deliver on what was promised, that's going to attract attention.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 11:13 PM