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fluffy666

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  1. (1) Property programs on TV exceeding 20% of screen time. (2) Rents being so far behind mortgage interest on the same property (Let along repayment mortgage..) (3) My wife suddenly getting interested in BTL..
  2. Unlike the centralised production of wind turbines and solar panels, of course. And when you start looking at the cost of backup systems (i.e batteries or similar), it gets expensive indeed to go it alone. If you live in any sort of high density housing it is impossible. Power grids are just a distribution network; you might as well railagainst roads and insist everyone have their own tractor.. The government is absolutely desparate for this problem to be resolved, as high prices for energy (and even worse, blackouts) are not popular with the voters. I'm not sure why they should love this 'dependancy'.
  3. This is because UK North Sea gas production is dropping something like 10-20% a year, and the pipelines and LNG terminals to replace this with gas from Norway and the middle east are being frantically built to try and replace it. It's been a neck-and-neck race over the past few years, but since we've had generally mild winters we have just scraped by. What generally happens in shotages is that Industrial customers get shut off first, which we don't tend to notice (Unless it's your employer..). Then electric power stations, then domestic supplies. We have been close to blackouts, but not yet.. And yes, Nuclear is cool, or at least relatively cheap, reliable and non-polluting. Personal wind turbines less so..
  4. The using up of North Sea gas to make electricity has got to be one of the most stupid decisions in British history. Hmmm.. Let's use a decade of cheap gas to bankrupt Nuclear and Coal electric generators, killing investment and anything non-Gas, then act all surprised when it runs out and we suddenly have a massive import dependance. At the same time, let's not build any meaningful storage facilities. What could possibly go wrong? We have three choices: (a) Build more coal fired plants ( Build more Nuclear plants © Sit in the dark and freeze.
  5. http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2201868,00.html Boss of Merryl Lynch lost $7.9 Billion (Yes, they have looked down the back of the sofa), so he may get a $159 million payoff. (That's some pretty cheap lunches, but he will be unemployed and have to scrimp a bit)
  6. OAPs can still be in debt.. and I suspect that they add in Students who will be adding perhaps 10k+ a year. But it is perfectly possible to spend more than you earn for a very long time as long as personal loan rates are in single figures. You have to wonder just how many people are doing this to meet day-to-day expenses. After all, that figure (373m/day) probably represents most of the disposable income of the country.
  7. (1) Lots of people have, apparently, bought BTL property without even checking that the rent would cover the mortgage repayments. (2) Lots of people have, apparently, jacked up their mortgages simply in order to buy stuff like brand new cars and holidays. (3) Lots of people have, apparently, taken out interest only mortgages without thinking about repaying the capital. (4) Lots of lenders have lent cash to people purely because they claimed their income was a certain level. (5) Lots of lenders have subsequently bombarded the same people with offers of credit cards and loans. (6) This isn't going to end well, is it?
  8. Dosen't that make the whole ratings system completely worthless? 'This Bond is guaranteed not to default until it does/after this year's bonus round'? My SOH would be more appeased with heads on spikes. No free lunch (Apart from if you manage to lose $7.9 billion, in which case you get a payoff enough for 100 million or so lunches).
  9. And then a large metallic metorite will break up in Earth's atmosphere, raining several kilos of 10% gold alloy on everyone's back garden and causing immediate and massive devaluation of gold worldwide. The gold bugs will sob.
  10. And a lot of these 'Masters Of The Universe' could perhaps hand back the bonuses that they clearly didn't earn by hard work or research. Personally, I think that if major banks are in serious risk of collapse or completely insolvent, they should not be given a bailout, they should be nationalised at zero recompense to shareholders. A huge problem with the financial system is the huge moral hazard created by repeated bailouts; the more reckless the behaviour the less likely that the consequences will come home. It may be time to examine the role of limited liability; if banks were olny allowed to be full-liability companies with shareholders on the hook for all losses in the event of a failure (Unlike limited liability, where shareholders can only lose their investment), you might see a bit more research on the part of shareholding institutions.
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