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What the Heck Just Happened at the San Francisco Apple Store? / by Wolf Richter / August 29, 2014

Not everyone is irrationally exuberant in my beloved and crazy San Francisco, serial epicenter of magnificent tech and real estate bubbles and their subsequent busts. The trench between those who are benefiting from the bubble and those who’re run over by it as [...]

Fed Vice Chairman Warns: Your Bank May Seize Your Money to Recapitalize Itself / Mac Slavo / August 27th, 2014

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008 the U.S. government forced some of the countries largest banks to take “bailout” funds amounting to billions of dollars in order to keep them from going bankrupt. It was a move designed to not only keep [...]

China’s housing correction is now in full swing: Big developers begin to slash prices with sales falling more than 10 percent. / Aug 20, 2014

It was bound to happen. The housing correction in China is now here. It is interesting to hear the various perspectives from people and how China is absolutely different to the point of never being open to property bubbles. The same arguments were made during the Japanese real estate [...]

GMO: “There Is No Safe Place To Hide” / by Tyler Durden on 08/20/2014 13:24

From Jeremy Grantham’s GMO:

We have been writing quite a bit about why asset allocation today is in one of the toughest investing environments we’ve ever encountered. And it’s not just because we think equity markets are overvalued. No, we’ve seen that plenty of [...]

Absolute Bubble Insanity: For Nearly Half A Billion Dollars, Here Is The World’s Most Expensive Penthouse / by Tyler Durden on 08/19/2014 13:02

Forget Hong Kong, London and New York: when it comes to the pinnacle in absolute real estate insanity – perhaps in all of history – look no further than James Bond’s favorite gambling mecca, Monaco.

It is in this tiny Riviera principality [...]

Senator Elizabeth Warren Versus Paul Krugman on Too Big to Fail

Senator Elizabeth Warren Questioning Janet Yellen During Senate Hearing on July 15, 2014 / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / August 19, 2014

Two weeks ago, Paul Krugman used some expensive media real estate to write a propaganda piece on the unsupportable proposition that the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in 2010 [...]

Are Capital Inflows Propping Up U.S. Markets? / By Charles Hugh Smith / AUGUST 19, 2014

It seems likely that significant capital inflows are helping prop up asset valuations in the U.S.

Nobody really believes the official narrative that the “recovery” is powering the remarkable strength of U.S. stocks, bonds and real estate. The real [...]

How Can the State Bank of India Pay Interest in Gold? / Keith Weiner / August 12, 2014

An article caught my eye this week. The Tirumala Tirupati Temple in India has deposited gold at the State Bank of India, and is getting paid interest on their deposit. There is something unique about this. The interest is paid in gold.

To understand why no one [...]

Dumping the Banksters / By Dr Jerome / August 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

I have a close friend since 1977, rooming with him before married life and keeping in touch over the years as our careers have moved us all over the nation. He was attempting to purchase an older home in Ohio using a realtor [...]

The real estate gamble in Arizona: Inventory is up 35 percent from last year as cash investors begin to pull away from the market. / Dr. Housing Bubble / August 6th, 2014

In many markets, investors were purchasing properties to rent out for a short period of time before they had any intention of selling. Many of the large investors have hinted at buying places and holding them for 5 to 7 years before selling them [...]

5 Things To Ponder: The Interest Rate Conundrum / Lance Roberts / 01 August 2014

After several months of quite complacency, investors were woken up Thursday by a sharp sell off driven by concerns over potential rising inflationary pressures, rising credit default risk and weak undertones to the economic data flows. One of the primary threats that has been readily dismissed by [...]

China ghost cities and real estate correction: China’s GDP and individual household wealth is heavily tied to real estate. What happens when a correction hits? / by mybudget360 / JULY 31, 2014

China has had one of the wildest real estate sectors of any large global economy. Chinese real estate values have appreciated dramatically largely shutting out regular workers in the country. It is an interesting situation. You hear countless stories of young males trying to find [...]

Financial Sense Newshour

Jim Puplava’s Big Picture: U.S. Real Estate – The Good, Not So Good, and The Bad Also, “What the LEI’s Tell Us About the Rest of the Year” and “Respecting the Message of the Markets”

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Jim’s first Big Picture topic covers the state of the U.S. real estate market. He finds that real [...]

Jury Anger Displayed – The Public is Awake / By California Lawyer / July 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

As a follow-up to some earlier posts, this post brings into view the public perception component of the housing crisis, in real time, in a definitive, compelling manner.

Last week, in a quiet, bucolic part of this [...]

Setting the stage for the next collapse / By: Steve Saville, The Speculative Investor / 22 July 2014

Below is an excerpt from a commentary originally posted at www.speculative-investor.comon 20th July 2014.

When the central bank pumps money into the economy and suppresses interest rates it creates incentives to speculate and invest in ways that would not otherwise be viable. [...]

Bubblenomics and the Future of Real Estate / Ramsey Su / July 22, 2014

Behold the Monet

​Economics is like a Monet painting. Stand too close and all you see is a bunch of seemingly random paint strokes. Back up a few steps and an image emerges.

The painting of bubblenomics started with the Plaza Accord, September [...]

The inflection point has arrived in Southern California real estate: Investors make up smallest percentage of buyers in three years. Inventory continues to grow. / Dr. Housing Bubble / 21 Jul, 2014

As it turns out, investor buying does have a massive impact on local real estate. Big money is slowly starting to pull away from the real estate market. We are seeing this in dramatic fashion in Arizona and Nevada. It is also happening [...]

Historical Norms / By Andrew Hoffman / July 21st, 2014

Following last week’s soon-to-be-infamous Yellen quote that “price equity ratios and other measures (of stock, bond, and real estate valuation) are not outside historic norms,” I thought I’d do a bit of thought-streaming – starting with what an “historical norm” refers to.

Gold, Euro, Dollar & Where The Chinese Are Buying Real Estate / July 18, 2014

With action in the gold and silver markets heating up, today top Citi analyst Tom Fitzpatrick sent King World News four incredibly important charts which cover gold, the dollar, and the euro. Below are the four key charts that all KWN readers around the world must see as well as [...]

Record number of real estate purchases go to foreign buyers: Canadians target Las Vegas, Detroit Los Angeles, and Florida in General. Chinese targeting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irvine, Las Vegas, Detroit, and Florida as well. / Dr. Housing Bubble / 14 Jul, 2014

Investor buying continues to be a major player in the current housing market. Over the last two weeks I’ve had the chance to drive down neighborhoods were international money is flooding in. It does give off reminders of when Japanese buyers were purchasing [...]

Strategic Relocation Brief: A Five Star Rated State for Your Survival Retreat / Joel Skousen / July 11th, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following article comes to us from our friends at Strategic Relocationand has been contributed by well known relocation specialist Joel Skousen. As is usually the case with Mr. Skousen’s highly informative briefs, this one touches on some key points to be digested [...]

Mortgage Bankers: ‘Unsustainable Housing Bubble Is Inflating’ / by Wolf Richter / July 10, 2014

Observations about a housing bubble being once again inflated in many areas in the US have transitioned from bloggers throwing around unpleasant party-pooper data to mortgage bankers.

In a survey conducted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association for FICO – the same company after which [...]

Introducing Ghost Skyscrapers – NYC Real Estate Goes Full Retard / Michael Krieger / July 10, 2014

Late last month, New York Magazine published a lengthy and very important article titled: Stash Pad – Why New York Real Estate is the New Swiss Bank Account. The entire article is well worth a read, and left me shaking my head in disbelief the [...]

“Unsustainable Real Estate Bubble Is Inflating,” Mortgage Bankers tell FICO / by Wolf Richter / July 10, 2014

Observations about a housing bubble being once again inflated in many areas in the US have transitioned from bloggers throwing around unpleasant party-pooper data to mortgage bankers.

In a survey conducted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association for FICO – [...]

Chinese Purchases of U.S. Real Estate Jump 72% as The Bank of China Facilitates Money Laundering / By Michael Krieger / July 9, 2014

American citizens already have a hard enough time affording a home. Squeezed out by financial oligarchs buying tens of thousands of properties for rental income, and faced with real wages that haven’t budged since the mid-1970s, the demographic of U.S. citizens that historically dominated [...]

China’s Colonization Of America’s Luxury Real Estate Market In One Chart / by Tyler Durden / 07/08/2014 11:26

As we first reported two years ago, one of the primary reasons, if not the main one (there is also the Fed to thank) why the US housing market, and specifically its ultra-luxury segment, has experienced a recovery in the past two years even [...]

Warren Buffett On The Real Estate Market / July 4, 2014

Warren Buffett is, as most people around the world assume, the best investor on the planet. Although the performance of his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been below par over the last few years, the man has earned his reputation over a very long career.

In an interview with [...]

Guest Post: Are The Chinese Ghost Cities Really Empty? / by Koos Jansen / July 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm

“China is the most talked about, but the least understood”, was recently being said on CNBC. I fully agree – from what I know of the Chinese gold market.

Western reporting on China swings from the most powerful [...]

“Gold Is Money, Everything Else Is Credit” JP Morgan / By Bill Holter / June 30th, 2014

The quote in the title, “Gold Is Money, Everything Else Is Credit” is attributed to JP Morgan himself while testifying in front of Congress back in 1912 shortly before his death. I will explore this quote because it was exactly 100% correct back then [...]

Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund Unveils “New Strategy” – Buy 5% Of Every European Stock / by Tyler Durden on 06/24/2014 18:05

Having learned last week that the world’s central banks are their sovereign wealth proxies have secretly pumped over $29 trillion into markets in the last few years, it is not entirely surprising to hear from one of the largest – Norway $888 billion oil fund – [...]