Britain S Real Estate

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The five ghastly “Jack the Ripper” murders took place in an area less than a quarter square mile in size. Houses in this haunting and decrepit no man’s land straddling the City and metropolitan London could be had for 25-50,000 British pounds as late as a decade ago. How things change! The general buoyancy in […]


Four Advantages Of Real Estate Ownership

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The following key factors are commonly accepted as the major reasons real estate continues to be a good investment. For the majority of real estate participants, these factors are the most critical issues in a real estate venture. 1.) Real Estate is a Necessity: Real estate is at the very core of human existence. We […]


Trends For A Not So New Millennium

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We construct maps of the world around us, using cognitive models, organizational principles, and narratives that we acquire in the process of socialization. These are augmented by an incessant bombardment of conceptual, ideational, and ideological frameworks emanating from the media, from peers and role models, from authority figures, and from the state. We take our […]


The Tax Payer As Gilligan

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Let’s all sing a new version to the tune of the 60’s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” … “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of mishandled use; that started with our nation’s past to form a fiscal noose. The tax was a mighty hurtin’ vice, our wallets paid the price; working hard […]


Understanding Bonds To Avoid Risk

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With a plethora of ways to analyze bonds, it might make your head spin. Even so, evaluating the potential risk before you buy and calculating your potential returns is an essential step in the process of acquiring bonds. 1. Evaluate All Potential Risks You should pay attention to all the details – interest rates, inflation, […]


Compound Interest Doesn T Add Much To Your Wealth

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The biggest gripe that I have with a few famous financial planners is their myth and awe of compound interest. They say, “compound interest is the 8th Wonder of the World according to Einstein, and will make you a million for your retirement if you’d only skip a few trips to your local coffee shop!!” […]


How Safe Are Shares Or The Forex

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As an investment category, yes. All sorts of prudent and conservative institutions colleges, pension funds, foundations, trust departments invest in stocks. There is, technically, greater risk in common stocks than in the Forex. But as any experienced investor can tell you, there are many not-unusual situations in which a common stock can be viewed as […]


Americans Feel Optimistic About Growth And Prosperity

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The effects of higher interest rates and energy prices, combined with decreased home price availability have reflected a cooling-off period of the housing market. Housing construction is suffering as well. An increased inventory of properties already saturating a depressed market means an excess supply of housing. New construction of homes and apartments, the purchase of […]


Factors That Can Help You Make Great Profits Trading Forex

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There is no way to understand the Forex market unless you have a grasp of what factors can influence the way the market will function on any given day. Here are some examples of various elements that come into play each day and impact the market for better or for worse. Perhaps the single most […]


Vacancies Rise To Record

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UNEMPLOYMENT is set to fall further with the number of job vacancies rising to record levels, fuelling speculation of another interest rate rise. National job vacancies in the three months to August rose 2.9 per cent, seasonally adjusted, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Job vacancies rose by 11.9 per cent in the year […]


When Will Ben Bernanke Blink Is The Federal Reserve S Rate Raising Fight Against Inflation Going Too Far

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There is a lot of speculation and debate among economists about whether the Federal Reserve will raise the Fed’s short term interest rate to 5% in their meeting on Wednesday. If they do, it will make 16 straight jumps of .25%, since it reached it’s low point of 1%. Most people seem to feel that […]


Large Increase In Mortgage Repossessions

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Recent statistics from the Department for Constitutional Affairs state that court actions by mortgage lenders rose to 28,476 in the second quarter of this year – for those that don’t follow such trends that’s up over 50% on one year ago. Also, at 18,330, the number of repossession orders was the highest for 9 years. […]


Inflation Worries Cause Mortgage Rates To Rise

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Inflation worries, lead by reports of a jump in consumer spending November along with a rise in inflation during the same period, have caused major lending institutions to raise their 30-Year mortgage rates to above 6 percent. The average rate rose to 6.17 percent in some markets, compared with less than 5.96 percent just three […]


What Is Inflation

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That is a good question and one that unfortunately there has not been an answer that everyone agrees upon. The term is a general description of the decreasing value of a unit of money over time. Therefore if you were to have 5 dollars now and went out and buried it and left it there […]


Mpc Confident In Rate Decision

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The Bank of England was confident in its decision to hold interest rates at its last meeting. Minutes released from the monetary policy committee’s (MPC) meeting on June 8th show that members voted seven to one in favour of holding rates at 4.5 per cent. Only one member voted for a rise of 0.25 per […]


Capital Markets Driving The Cost Of Mortgages

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The capital that makes up your mortgage/ loan can come from a number of sources including other people’s deposits and savings, stored up in the bank and other investors, all of which make up the Capital Markets. Of course, there isn’t enough cash in the general consumers accounts to make up the capital needed for […]


The Merits Of Inflation

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In a series of speeches designed to defend his record, Alan Greenspan, until recently an icon of both the new economy and stock exchange effervescence, reiterated the orthodoxy of central banking everywhere. His job, he repeated disingenuously, was confined to taming prices and ensuring monetary stability. He could not and, indeed, would not second guess […]


House Prices Cooling Not Falling

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Recent reports from the local government and communities show that the latest house price index for homes in the UK are actually “cooling down” and not “falling” as first thought. This report does however show that there is still a large difference in price in London and the south east to the rest of the […]