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Assembly hearing on financial transaction tax set for Monday as Democrats refine proposal

Assembly hearing on financial transaction tax set for Monday as Democrats refine proposal


New Jersey Assemblyman John McKeon, D-Madison, introduced the bill in July.

New Jersey Assemblyman John McKeon, D-Madison, introduced the bill in July. | (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

An Assembly committee plans to discuss a major and controversial bill next week that would impose a tax on electronic stock trades processed in New Jersey, potentially generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state.

Monday’s hearing by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee comes as several stock exchanges have threatened to move their data centers in North and Central Jersey out of state if the Legislature and governor move forward with the tax.

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The bill, which Assembly Democratic spokesperson Kevin McArdle said the committee will discuss but not vote on, is expected to be heavily amended before any vote, and will likely include changing the tax rate on transactions and making the tax temporary.

The original bill, NJ A4402 (20R), which Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex) introduced in July, would impose a quarter-cent tax on every financial transaction processed in New Jersey.

Democrats have hired Paul Hastings LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with expertise on the topic, to help design the proposal. An invoice from the firm shows it’s charged Senate Democrats $30,000 so far.

Background: New Jersey’s economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic has cratered some revenue sources, resulting in the state agreeing to borrow billions to fund the current budget.

Financial transaction taxes are nothing new, but the idea to apply them to New Jersey’s vast server farms was first proposed by the late congressional candidate David Applefield in an op-ed earlier this year. McKeon, who read the op-ed, introduced the bill the day after Applefield died.

The bill has since gained traction, with Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders all indicating support for taxing electronic trades.

Impact: Monday’s hearing is the latest indication Democrats are serious about the

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Essent Group Ltd. Announces Closing of $399.2 Million Reinsurance Transaction and Related Mortgage Insurance-Linked Notes

Essent Group Ltd. Announces Closing of $399.2 Million Reinsurance Transaction and Related Mortgage Insurance-Linked Notes

Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Essent Guaranty, Inc., has obtained $399.2 million of fully collateralized excess of loss reinsurance coverage on mortgage insurance policies written in September 2019 through July 2020 from Radnor Re 2020-2 Ltd., a newly formed Bermuda special purpose insurer. Radnor Re 2020-2 Ltd. is not a subsidiary or an affiliate of Essent Group Ltd.

Radnor Re 2020-2 Ltd. has funded its reinsurance obligations through the issuance of five classes of mortgage insurance-linked notes, with 10-year legal maturities, to eligible third party capital markets investors in an unregistered private offering.

The mortgage insurance-linked notes issued by Radnor Re 2020-2 Ltd. consist of the following five classes:

  • $79,832,000 Class M-1A Notes with an initial interest rate of one-month LIBOR plus 315 basis points;

  • $93,137,000 Class M-1B Notes with an initial interest rate of one-month LIBOR plus 400 basis points;

  • $93,137,000 Class M-1C Notes with an initial interest rate of one-month LIBOR plus 460 basis points;

  • $99,790,000 Class M-2 Notes with an initial interest rate of one-month LIBOR plus 560 basis points;

  • $33,263,000 Class B-1 Notes with an initial interest rate of one-month LIBOR plus 760 basis points;

The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the aforementioned securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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