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Compare and contrast the economic policy rationale among the following situations:
1) Condemnation of Property by a municipality pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Kelo case?
2) Destruction of real property due to Hurricane Katrina?
3) Exchanges of raw land and a commercial building for another commercial building?
4) Investment equity securities exchanged for publicly traded bonds?
5) Acquisition of a new Chevy Silverado Truck from a GM auto dealership by trading-in a Ford F-51 Pick-up Truck?
How should the basis and the gain or loss be calculated and reported in each situation described above?

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In the case of condemnation of property, the rationale was to promote effective utilization of resources. The property was assigned to the State so that it could put it to more optimal use. The loss to Kelo can be calculated...

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