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Australia’s fatal flaw: Negative Gearing

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“You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.” – Warren Buffett, Chairman’s letter 2001. Negatively geared property investors are exposing themselves, the banks and every Australian citizen to capital destruction, a highly infectious disease that leaves permanent scars. Negative geared property is the glaring weakness in Australia’s deflating housing market. […]

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Wage-earners subsidise land owners – again

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The Gillard government today announced a levy on income taxes to pay for the Queensland floods: half a per cent on incomes over $50,000, one per cent on incomes over $100,000

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Will ninjas burst the Great Australian Housing Bubble?

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photo credit: The Library of Congress Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked. Warren Buffett In the US housing bubble, banks and financiers gave a mortgage to anyone with a discernable pulse.  NINJAs (No Income, No Job, no Assets) were welcomed – as long as they could sign their […]

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TALF to prime derivatives market

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photo credit: The Joy Of The Mundane Perhaps the recent US stock market rally is in expectation of the new free lunch Helicopter Ben is preparing. The derivatives market is now in the Quadrillions. Apparently that is worth $199,000 for every human being on the entire planet. Staggering. Keeping up with the backroom moves are […]

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Asset Bubbles always end in tears..

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photo credit: sekundo Throw out the theory! That’s what policy makers are doing world-wide. From neo-liberalism to neo-handouts, one must ask what has happened to confidence in free market theory? Which leader in the western world will stand up? Failure to address the fundamental cause of this bust, the irrational expectations inherent in the lure […]

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Prime the Printing Press

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photo credit: PhotoGraham That is the call as the bankers bailout of US$700bn gets rejected by US Congress. Meanwhile the US Fed has the printing presses running at just about as much – US$630bn. Kohler says: Essentially Congress has ensured that for the moment at least the crisis will be treated by money printing instead […]

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Can the US Treasury learn from mistakes?

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photo credit: betta design The $840bn bailout of US banks provides the US Treasury with a unique opportunity. Will the as yet unnamed new Federal agency (which we will call the Bailout Agency), charged with the responsibility for selling off the bad debts of risk-bending bankers, use this money to reduce the chance of future […]

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Bailout brings US Hegemony to its knees

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photo credit: amirjina Can someone please write in their diary June 2024? Because that’s when we are going to start warning about the next big bailout for bankers. If we do not learn from the horrors of this downturn and collect the economic rent that accrues to land, then the next 18 year cycle will […]

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Fannie Freddie Fiasco

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photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com How can the world’s most right wing administration delve into the biggest act of socialism since the Great Depression? By allowing the economic fundamentals to be skewed towards speculation rather than production, the Bush administration has accelerated the push towards short term profiteering. The last 30 years of global economic […]

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