Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:93282 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Using Veritas to Construct the "Perfect" Digital Investment Portfolio" & How to Value "Hard to Value" tokens, Pt 1

The golden grail of investing is to find that investable asset that provides the greatest reward with the least risk. Alas, despite how commonsensical that precept seems to be, many...

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The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary …

15-04-2017 Hits:84535 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary Available For Download and Sharing

The Veritas Offering Summary is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veritas in a single page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

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What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hit…

10-04-2017 Hits:84450 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hits the Blockchain

A hedge fund recently made news by securitizing its LP units as Ethereum-based tokens and selling them as tradeable (thereby liquid) assets. This brings technology to the VC industry that...

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Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in t…

07-04-2017 Hits:89011 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in the Era of P2P Capital Markets

Veritaseum is in the process of building peer-to-peer capital markets that enable financial and value market participants to deal directly with each other on a counterparty risk-free basis in lieu...

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas…

03-04-2017 Hits:87494 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas Offering. Are You Ready to Get Your Key to the P2P Capital Markets?

This is the link to the Veritas Crowdsale landing page. Here is where you will be able to buy the Veritas ICO when it is launched in mid-April. Below, please...

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What is the Value Proposition For Verita…

01-04-2017 Hits:87300 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What is the Value Proposition For Veritas, Veritaseum's Software Token?

 A YouTube commenter asked a very good question that we will like to take some time to answer. The question was, verbatim: I've watched your video and gone through the slides. The exchange...

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This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relat…

28-03-2017 Hits:58463 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relationships, Is Complicated...

CNBC reports US home prices rise 5.9 percent to 31-month high in January according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller. This puts the 20 city index close to an all time high, including...

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As …

28-03-2017 Hits:86832 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As Landlords Offer First Time Ever Concessions to Retail Renters

Over the last quarter I've been warning about the significant weakness in retailers and the retail real estate that most occupy (links supplied below). Now, Bloomberg reports: Manhattan Landlords Are Offering...

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Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Comp…

27-03-2017 Hits:86450 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Company Is Not What Most Think It IS

We will releasing our Apple forensic analysis and valuation this week for subscribers (click here to subscribe - lowest tier is the same as a Netflix subscription). As can be...

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame D…

27-03-2017 Hits:86802 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Country's First Newly Elected Lame Duck President Will Cause Massive Reversal Of Speculative Gains

Note: Subscribers should reference  the paywall material here for stocks that should give a good risk/reward scenario for bearish trades. The Trump administration's legislative outlook is effectively a political desert, with...

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactl…

22-03-2017 Hits:93096 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactly When I Predicted "has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future"

My prediction of Sears collapsing once interest rates started ticking upwards was absolutely on point.

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The Transformation of Television in Amer…

21-03-2017 Hits:90431 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Transformation of Television in America and Worldwide

TV has changed more in the past 10 years than it has since it's inception nearly 100 years ago This change is profound, and the primary benefactors look and act...

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Las Vegas Review Journal :

General Growth borrowed to create a massive portfolio of more than 200 properties in 44 states, including a $14 billion deal in 2004 to purchase the Rouse Co., which owned Fashion Show mall, Summerlin Centre and several other Las Vegas properties.

Company stock started slipping several months ago as prospects for consumer spending waned.

Shares went into freefall more recently when investors realized the confluence of the credit crunch with an emerging recession would make it difficult, if not impossible, for General Growth to make good on its debts.

Financial blogger Reggie Middleton, whose detailed criticisms of General Growth were posted online at in January, months before management acknowledged serious problems, said the news Monday wasn't a surprise.

"Of course it could have," been prevented, said Middleton. "They didn't take care of the problems."

He criticized management not only for over-leveraging the company long ago but for compounding the problem through mismanagement.

Middleton said General Growth officials heaped blame on short sellers for forecasting a demise, got the company added to the list of firms protected from short sellers that was created in September to protect banks, then dumped millions of their own shares to meet margin calls.

"The latter part of the share price compression was the management's own making," Middleton said. "They owned a lot (of stock) on margin. They sold more shares than speculators like me ever would."...

... Wally Brewster, General Growth Properties senior vice president of marketing and communications, said the malls are healthy on an operational level...

... As for the notion that General Growth officials would seek a buyer for the entire company, "We always look at all the options."

Brewster also responded to the idea that company officials could have averted the problem by taking action earlier.

"I think we stand on our success of the past 50 years," Brewster said. "We are now dealing with an environment I don't think the U.S. has seen since the Great Depression."...

...  Moore agreed with Middleton that the moves on Monday aren't likely to preserve General Growth as a complete entity. He added that current problems could have been averted had management girded the balance sheet before the credit markets went south.

The moral of the story?

"Leverage is very, very dangerous," Moore said.

In November and December of 2007, I plainly forecasted this turn of events in painfully explicit detail Don't tell me this could not have been seen coming. Greed and avarice vs. ignorance - the battle of the vices...


The following links and accompanying summaries were penned up to a year ago. No, I didn't use a crystal ball, I used a spreadsheet and some (un)common sense.


Must read content tie-ins

  Short summary of the 3 elements of this report

1.       There is very clear evidence that GGP is heading into a refinancing-induced liquidity crunch.

2.       One-time items are holding up deteriorating core operational performance.

3.       There is evidence that GGP is misrepresenting itself and breaking securities laws.

Many themes currently broadcast in the news directly apply to GGP – its situation is one of high leverage in the face of a weakening consumer and an evaporating debt market.  It’s a family-run business that tripled its size through a major acquisition when the debt markets were healthy, and is now left scrambling.  There appears to be dissension between the founding father and his now-CEO son over some of the tactics that they have resorted to recently, which appear to be questionable.  If the core operations continue to deteriorate in the continued absence of a functional debt market, the 2nd largest mall REIT in the US will simply run out of cash and no amount of accounting or financial gimmickry will be able to hide that fact.

 For those who do not normally follow my blog, the usual list of GGP research:

This missive is more than probably any outside investor in GGP knows about GGP, plus some. The accuracy of the contents below is not guaranteed nor warranteed in any form or fashion. I try my best t
Saturday, 14 June 2008

2. GGP Shenanigans: How much value do you place on the credibility of management?
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
This is a continuation of GGP and the type of investigative analysis you will not get from your brokerage house, basically an update to include the latest earnings information. And yes, this is st
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

3. My latest take on GGP
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
We have looked at GGP’s plan for raising non-debt capital through private participation. This  model was actually completed right before  GGP announced their equity offering, so t
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

4. GGP management to apologize???
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
GGP has ended up doing exactly what I anticipated they would do November of last year. My research has been proven correct to the very end. They issued a rather derogatory press release and calle
Monday, 22 September 2008

5. GGP seeks alternative financing? Ah hah!
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
I have a fairly deep well of CRE research on the blog now, and a focus on GGP in particular. This mirrors my investment style. I will concentrate on a few well reserached ideas and ride them out. He
Tuesday, 15 April 2008

6. GGP comes full circle to my analysis' ultimate conclusion
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
...roughly 84% of his holdings. Must read content tie-ins from last year and earlier this year. GGP is a good example of the the time frame necesary to nurse an idea to fruition. I held GGP fro...
Friday, 03 October 2008

7. GGP update
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
...orrowing will be tough, to understate the situation... and from what can be seen below, it looks like GGP's stockholder composition bodes ominously for the stock performance if our predictions come ...
Wednesday, 10 September 2008

8. Reader commentary on GGP
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The GGP equity questions post generated some buzz amongst my blog readers. I will post some of the buzz and urge all to comment with any insight or expertise you may have on the topic. These obse
Friday, 11 April 2008

9. And even more on GGP...
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
This appears to be harp on GGP insider sales day. First a comment frrom a BoomBustBlogger, then my own observations: From a blog reader - VP sells 50k shares, then CEO buys 10k shares VP
Monday, 11 August 2008

10. Questions that I have regarding General Growth Properties recent equity funding
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
I had my analysts take a closer look at the GGP financing and, quite frankly, there are a lot of unanswered questions. I figured I would throw some of it out into the public domain to see what the rea
Thursday, 10 April 2008

11. GGP reports Q1 results, and as I anticipated...
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
For those that don't know, GGP represents one of my most comprehensive research projects. Click here for a list of my work and here for reader commentary on potential shenanigans. For everybody
Monday, 28 April 2008

12. GGP's woes are going mainstream
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
The Wall Street Journal has run a story on GGP management and their massive margin calls. Senior executives at General Growth Properties Inc. built up the mall owner by loading it with debt and amas
Tuesday, 30 September 2008

13. More on the accuracy of this blog's research
(Archived/Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
...ortgage banking (Countrywide and WaMu), monoline insurance (Ambac and MBIA), commercial real estate (GGP and REITS), investment banking (damn near all of the big boys), commercial banking (the Doo ...
Sunday, 24 August 2008

14. Reggie Middleton Bloggin' for Dollars
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... mortgage banking (Countrywide and WaMu), monoline insurance (Ambac and MBIA), commercial real estate (GGP and REITS), investment banking (damn near all of the big boys), commercial banking (the Doo D...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

15. Reggie had a profitable day (week, month, year), unfortunately...
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog)
... Banks, Broke... Wednesday, 21 May 2008   Then there is GGP. I've got a few emails inquiring about them. They closed at $4.71 today. Damn! I closed my po...
Tuesday, 07 October 2008