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  1. Map of properties in England and Wales owned by offshore companies.


    IN September 2015 Private Eye created an easily searchable online map (see below) of properties in England and Wales owned by offshore companies. It reveals for the first time the extent of the British property interests of companies based in tax havens from Panama to Luxembourg, and from Liechtenstein to the South Pacific island of Niue. Most are held in this way for tax avoidance and often to conceal dubious wealth.

    Using Land Registry data released under Freedom of Information laws, and then linking around 100,000 land title register entries to specific addresses, the Eye has mapped all leasehold and freehold interests acquired by offshore companies between 2005 and 2014.

    Using this data the Eye published a series of exposes of the companies, arms dealers, oligarchs, money launderers and others who use offshore companies. Now Private Eye, using the same data, is also publishing a database of all properties acquired by offshore companies from 1999 to 2014, showing the address, the offshore corporate owners (some have more than one) and, where available, the price paid.


  2. http://www.themeteor.org/2017/08/01/manchesters-property-investment-boom-funded-through-tax-dodging-offshore-companies-unethical-international-investment/

    “If you listen to the media we are having a boom, this is great news, the Daily Mail is telling people from down south to put their money into Manchester. The local press are trumpeting a Chinese style building boom. I found this really interesting because I thought we were having a housing crisis not a housing boom.”


    The boom in buy to rent goes hand in hand with new financial packages that allow large institutions or corporations to buy apartments, sometimes in blocks or whole development sites, for the purpose of renting. And due to local authorities’ failure to enforce Section 106 agreements, which can force the developer to provide affordable rent flats, the large majority of these flats will be at market rent.

    Why Manchester is becoming increasingly popular for this type of venture becomes clear when the investment returns are compared. Gross yield is the rental income expressed as a percentage of the property value, the higher the yield the greater the return on the investment.

    In the London borough of Kensington the average rent is £1,732 per month and the average cost of a house is £1,103,645, which provides a ‘Buy to Let’ gross yield of 1.8%.

    In Central Manchester the average rent is £1,230 per month and the average cost of housing at £177,546 gives a ‘Buy to Let’ yield of 8.3% – a full 6.5 percentage points higher than Kensington.

    With figures like that it is no wonder investors are queuing up to put their money into Manchester. The Telegraph reporting on the issue said “Manchester has been revealed as a hotspot for build-to-rent construction, nearly eclipsing London.”


  3. I found this News Story on a Germany website.

    It gives a valuable insight into why we are seeing so many refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, it's not just that we are destabilising these countries by flooding them with weapons that intensify the conflicts that cause refugees, we are also supplying them with a form of capital that they can sell to fund to cost of getting to Europe.

    Kurdish fighters sell off German-supplied guns


    When in the summer of 2014 Germany started to deliver weapons to the Peshmerga - the fighting force of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq - the decision was highly controversial in Germany.

    "According to one ex-Peshmerga fighter spoken to by NDR, a G36 rilfe (the standard Bundeswehr assault rifle) used to cost $4,000 (€3,690) but the price has collapsed in recent months because there are too many on the market.

    In the market outside Erbil, the journalists were offered a G36 for between $1,450 and $1,800 (€1,338-€1662).

    By last the summer the Bundeswehr had delivered 12,000 G3 rifles, 8,000 G36 rifles, and 8,000 P1 pistols to the Peshmerga. The ministry of Defence has previously has admitted it doesn’t know which fighting units received the weapons.

    The ex-fighter spoken to by BDR said he knew of around 100 of his comrades who sold their weapons and fled the war.
    He himself fled to Germany after selling a Kalashnikov to finance the costs, explaining that he hadn’t been paid a salary for almost half a year, after the Kurdish government’s coffers were emptied by the fight against Isis and collapsing oil prices."

    more info at the link

  4. Spoken like a true believer.

    Article explains why you're wrong, but in a nutshell you're claiming Howe didn't believe in the policies he/Thatcher/Volcker were about to enact to crush inflation in which case it follows they simply wanted to destroy the economy for no reason.

    As a secondary point you are also implicitly saying you wouldn't lighten up on an asset at the top of a 3 sigma bubble. Tsk tsk.

    It does not follow that they wanted to destroy the economy for no reason, there were plenty of reasons they wanted to flatten the economy. They wanted to take power away from Unions by creating a real fear of unemployment, which was done by destroying a large section of the manufacturing base. This took the only real poitical power away from working people and left it more centralised in the hands of the wealthy. Weak unions also opened Britain up to a flood of cheap imports and debt, which grew the finical sector which further hollowed out and defined the British consumerist economy from the 80s onward. Sure a lot of people got rich from those polices, but at the expense of the rest of society. Even so, it was a risky and dangerous economic policy, they only managed to pull it off with the benefit of North Sea Oil revenue. Thatcher eventually abandoned the Monetarist experiment and embarked on a credit boom/bust cycle. It was possible to deal with inflation without destroying the manufacturing sector and the unions, just look at West Germany.

    A pretty good book about the period was written by David Smith, from Boom to Bust: Trial and Error in British Economic Policy. I don't agree with a lot of the stuff David Smith writes these days, but the book documents the key events, theories and policy changes from the period, economic facts, transcripts of interviews, etc.. My interpretation above, differs from his, based on my political beliefs. Your interpretation may be different to based on yours.


    If you believe that politicians and govements carry out economic policy with benign intention to do good, fighting inflation, instigating credit booms, austerity measures all the name of simply helping people, or even hurting them for no reason, then you are missing out on a lot of how the world works. When politicians promise to protect us from inflation, deflation, recession, unemployment, debt, imports, immigrants, terrorism, other countries etc.. then they use these fights to carry out the agenda of the power structures they serve, be that corporations, banks, unions, overseas investors etc..

  5. I just read this on the Manchester Evening News website

    Thousands of first-time buyers will be given a TWENTY per cent discount on their new home thanks to a government drive to help people onto the housing ladder.

    Under-40s who have never owned a property before will be able to register their interest in buying via the Starter Home initiative from the beginning of next year - six months earlier than planned.


    Ministers plan to scrap planning costs and levies for house builders developing land - in return for below-market value sale prices on homes exclusively for those purchasing their first home.

    Work on the first lot of houses will start in the new year.

    Builders currently face an average bill of £15,000 per home in Section 106 affordable housing contributions and tariffs.


  6. People have been saying that since 2007 and there have been a few leaks but no real burst. Japan have managed to keep it going for nearly 25 years. There will be no significant interest rate rises because there can't be, the outcome for any political party that allowed it would be worse than leaving them at zero, millions homeless, repossessions of family homes on a scale never seen before.

    Thankyou for your valuable opinion, clearly the finical geniuses of UK politics have invented a perpetual boom machine. The names of George Osborne and Gordon Brown will go down in history, their theories and methods will be taught in all future economic courses around the world. It's literally inconceivable that the plates could stop spinning. The UK is indeed a industrial and finical powerhouse of an economy as can be seen in our debt figures and our balance of trade numbers, which we can easily witness as our products are shipped around the world, unlike Japan, who really don't make anything at all.

    Oh, by the way, that was sarcasm, just incase you lacked the cognitive ability to comprehend the bleeding obvious.

  7. I've been reading this all thread all week and pretty much agree with Vengers argument, I think most of us here do. However, I am suffering from HPC fatigue and really just can't be bothered to argue the points that we have been making over the past years, when the situation is pretty obvious. Each time the indices turn, it looks like it's about to tip, the government (pre election) implements a few new props to keep some property values inflated at low volumes, but that just postpones the correction making the situation worse. Once some positive numbers come out on the housing front the usual VI's reappear and start pumping, this inevitable causes a few more long term bears to capitulate and drink the cool aid. Without recent interventions like the HTB scheme this argument wouldn't even take place, so as much as people want to discredit the concept that house prices are unsustainably high, the other alternative is perpetual government intervention which is a ridiculous long term strategy.

  8. Seems like the same stunt CIA/MI6 played a few months back over Crimea.

    They are getting so repetitive!

    I agree. I form my opinions based on as wide as possible base of international media, somewhere between lies a balance, they all have their own biases. The BBCs coverage is just shocking, but then again it always has been, if you regard the BBC as fair and balanced then you probably wouldn't even notice it, because it never happened, even while it was happening, it never happened, it was of no consequence, it simply wasn't news worthy. The agenda the BBC have been pushing is really quite terrifying, it puts us on a trajectory to war, in Ukraine, Africa, Syria.

    For an understanding of the media, one would do well to read the preface to George Orwells Animal Farm, which was ironically unpublished.


    For some balance on the Ukraine situation, people would do well to read the German Media, its quite a contrast to the UK/US stuff.


  9. I think that if you can get the discount, then go for it, even at todays overvalued prices.

    This is more of an indirect gift to the banks though, as it's a good asset with a loan below market value with equity.

    Unfortunately most of the people I know who have bought, under the right to buy over the past then years, weren't financially wise, they mewed all the equity out of the property, which was either repossessed by the bank or were forced to sell when they could not afford the repayments. A btl would usually then take over the property.

  10. A comedy/advert from the Manchester Evening News.

    What sort of luxury does an apartment have at £97,000. Also Ordsal is not part of Salford quays/media city, it's next to it, but I expect the BTL investors have never been to manchester/england.


    One and two bedroom homes to be built for the buy-to-let market after investors snap up 120 other new flats near MediaCityUK

    Sixty luxury apartments still under construction at Salford Quays have all been snapped up in a month - and demand is so great that another 60 are being built nearby.

    The stylish homes, which start at £97,500 for a single bed flat, are on Trafford Road, near to Fit City Ordsall sports centre.

    All the apartments are targeted at the buy-to-let market.

    The properties proved so popular that the first of three phases sold out after 10 months on the market - and the second phase, currently being constructed, went in just four weeks.

    Now the developer has announced plans to build the third phase - consisting of another 60 apartments nearby as demand is so high.

  11. OK, a very simple question just for you: Do women and children in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc deserve same rights as women and children in lovely England or no?

    And a 2nd simple question: Do you think that doing nothing as it is not "our problem" is going to support your answer from the question above?

    Will someone please just ban this troll? so that we can have sensible discussions about major geopolitical events.

  12. The violent insurgency in Iraq is the "predictable and malign effect" of the West's inaction over Syria, former UK prime minister Tony Blair has said.

    Writing on his website, he said the takeover of Mosul by Sunni insurgents was planned across the Syrian border.

    Every time "we put off action, the action we will be forced to take will be ultimately greater", he added.

    He said the idea that the current crisis was a result of the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003 was "bizarre".

    "We have to liberate ourselves from the notion that 'we' have caused this," he wrote. "We haven't."


    Oh, right, I see Mr Blair. So, if we had just given the Syrian "Freedom Fighters/insurgents" even more weapons, then this wouldn't have happened.

    Edit: also notice the timing of this blairism.

  13. My mistake, I started off thinking about what is going on in the Middle East and started thinking about all those 'British' in our own country who want to drive Britain back into some hellish medieval era of intolerance, fear and bloodshed unless we all become 5 times a day praying Muslims.

    I could of sworn you were talking about the daily mail, until i read your last 5 words.

  14. I should have bought.

    Well, yes, certainly, in hindsight. I, for instance, could have become a minor btl emperor, but alas hindsight is only a reflection in the rear view mirror. If we are intelligent, we make our decisions based on what is infront of us, and do not waste time with regrets, as we look back see idiots find fortune based on making bad economic decisions. Inflation, sends false price signals and distorts economic thinking, rewarding the foolish, while punishing the wise.

    It's like building a house on a dormant volcano, you do all the research, become an expert in volcanology (if thats even a word). Ultimately, you take the decision not to build that house, based on all your knowledge. For ten years you see people who don't understand the risks, build houses, houses that go up in value, some become Volcano BTL landlords. You feel like you missed out big time, sure, but thats only in hindsight. You know this thing is about to blow, it rumbled in a terrifying way in 2007, and the government did everything it could to mitigate the danger, so much so, that there is nothing left that can do the next time it blows.

  15. Despite Ukraine being called a war zone on the radio yesterday today there didn't seem to be any reference to such a thing. When Ukraine was mentioned the news seemed to be concentrating on the possibility of sanctions and on hostage exchange negotiations - of course there was a lot of sport on today.

    A war zone, as opposed to the land of sunshine and lollipops democracy that we have delivered in the Iraq and Afghanistan.

  16. What kind of proof? Both sides in Syria have been committing war crimes by killing women and children for last few years.

    I understand that Putin does not care about dead civilians as he needs his Mediterranean harbour for all his 3 ships ...

    But why are You supporting wasting of women and children? Are you some kind of sick psycho? Every single man on this planet should protect lives of women and children for all costs. This is our purpose. I am not sure what is your purpose ...


  17. Seems some bright spark wants to supply the EU with US gas, or just raise prices to maintain the viability of fraking. Hence, stir up, split Ukraine and sour relations to create a rift with Russia. Just a thought (between the lines)... as we've already seen, corporations, financials and neo cons have been known to try this kind thing in recent history, whilst being under some bullshite banner that claims to support spreading liberty and democracy. Much like the same 3 colour one party pretend puppet democratic choice we have here.

    Too cynical?

    The feeling of being Cynic is only in relation to the Mainstream medias coverage of these issues, if you look at the actual geo-energy situation it all make perfect sense. The facts are also easily available, although not reported. Just follow the money, and the stuff the money is buying.

    Russian Strategy on infrastructure and gas flow to europe


    A tale of two pipelines


    southern corridor gas


    gazprom nord stream


    nord stream


    russian German nord stream


    Remember Russia's conflict in Georgia and the western backed revolution, a nice friendly dictator in charge there now



    even Syria is explained



    and Myanmar (burma)


  18. In 1914 they were The Good Russians, who were fighting the Bad Germans, but then they became the Bad Russians. Eventually The Bad Germans were defeated. Later, the Bad Germans Became Good Germans, and we helped build up the Good Germans as a Bulwark against the Bad Russians. Then in WW2 the Good Germans, started being Bad Germans. The Bad Russians became the Good Russians again, who helped us fight the Bad Germans. After WW2 the Good Russians became the Bad Russians and The Bad Germans became the Good Germans, apart from the Germans in the East, who were Bad Germans. The Bad Russians remained Bad up until 1991, at which point they became he Good Russians, along with the Bad East Germans, who were now Good. Now they are the Bad Russians again. The Ukrainians were Bad when they were in the Soviet Union, but afterwards they became Good Ukrainians. During their most recent democratic election they elected the wrong person and became Bad. Fortunately they had a coup to remove the Bad elected leader, and now they have a Good non elected leader. Now the Ukranians are Good again, and the Russians are Bad.

    Here are some Good Ukrainans

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