Debt doesn't matter if you plan to default on repaying it
The Tories should be appalled - but what should they do about it.....
Its good we have political consensus growing for reducing the cost or housing. While I think building more houses is important - it is of far more fundamental importance to enact policies that reduce rents and house prices, shifting the tax burden being the first.
Well, this should be easy to monitor and enforce
The FCA's new 'macroprudential' regulation of mortgages to rein in house price rises. Mortgage applicants are to face 'invasive' and 'inquisitorial' questions about their finances and lifestyles in an interview lasting 'up to 3 hours'. There will be stress tests like: what if IRs rose sharply, say to 7%. And there'll be far fewer short, fixed-term teaser rates and virtually no interest-only mortgages. Ray Boulger thinks it's silly.
The shape of things to come - probably pensions and more QE next.
London has started to crash
I came across these charts while trying to figure out the best places to hunt for houses in London on a value-for-money basis; I think they speak for themselvesâ¦ Slump in new buyer enquiries and the gulf in house prices has never been greater. These three charts seems to suggest that the sharp surge in London house prices over the last few months could be at risk of cooling or even partially reversing over the next few months, hard though it may be to believe at the moment!
Very surprising stats and some interesting conclusions
Economists warn on toronto bubble
Thought it was Interesting how similar this is to london/uk...particularly in the comments lots of talk about shortages etc but most telling was that in reality its super low interest Rates that make these prices affordable.btw Mark Carney caused this.as he was the canada bank Boss..so I thought it was relevent
Keiser does the housing super bubble!!
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the rentier rising from the dead, generation debt and harvesting the young with student debt. In the second half, Max interviews Ross Ashcroft about the housing super bubble in London and what it means to the rest of the economy to have a rentier class in charge.
The new rentier pradigm
Daily Kos: Housing Secretary: âthe worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known"
What if our economic crisis was not the start of a House Price Crash but heralded a new rentier economic paradigm in the west. Bringing back the days of serfdom between renters and house owners , BTL landlords and the new breed of corporate landlords we see in the states. Are the poorest and youngest to give half of their income straight to the landlord or banks' enshrining poverty unless your lucky enough to inherit a house. I am sure rentiers wish this to happen where landlords and banks pluck half the incomes from the majority of productive workforce, but could a system happen and could it be stable?
Here's your answer, Mr Weale (see lib's post)
Ex-BIS man says QE was meant to get seized-up markets going again but that aim has morphed into inflating asset prices to get people to spend (or is it to make the rich richer?). But QE doesn't tackle the excessive debt that caused the problem in the first place. The solution to that is write-offs, restructuring, recapitalisation. But QE is la la land where nobody needs to do anything while big problems stack up unseen - mainly zombies which suck the life out of the healthy parts of the economy. And it's worse than 2007 because emerging economies have been sucked in to the world of debt/liquidity-driven bubbles. And moral hazard is now worse among bankers. He says that Japan is in a particularly bad place and that "(with QE) housing tends to be the big thing that goes wrong".