"Another very important development is in the housing industry, where it seems nothing new was learned by the major collapse in 2008-09. Blackrock has been buying a large number of distressed single family homes. It has sold a $500 million IOU that is secured not by the homes but merely by the rents on 3,200 of the homes it has purchased. Really, it’s a bad joke, because to quote Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” The $500 million is being split into tranches where you can own AAA rated paper that pays a mere 1.3% per year down to the “F” portion, which pays a pitifully low 3.8% as long as all the renters meet all their payments. Amazing!"