The Secret Life of Real Estate

Author: Phillip J. Anderson

Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn Limited

ISBN: 9780856832635

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 448

View: 8318


Real estate is sold as a much safer investment than the constantly fluctuating stock market. Share price volatility is compared unfavourably with the steadier and impressive gains made from real estate which is, we are told, ‘as safe as houses’. As millions of Americans – and countless others in the Western world - have recently found to their cost, house prices can also suddenly and dramatically drop. Yet no other text on real estate, either current or from the past, mentions this fact, reinforcing the perception that real estate is an almost risk-free investment.Now for the first time, and long overdue, a book that details and explains the cyclical nature of real estate.The latest real estate downturn in the USA (and in other countries) is just one of many that have occurred since 1800 with astonishing regularity. This book is the story of the American experience of those downturns: the move out of recession, how the banking system facilitates that move, the boom and the characters that shaped it, the bust and accompanying bank failures, and then the recession, or worse, depression. This is always followed by a new cycle repeating each phase again, varied only by the new ways bankers find to avoid the regulations put in place after each collapse to ensure it will never happen again.The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking explains, quite simply, how the real estate cycle originates, offers a fascinating study of US history to illustrate the stages through which each cycle passes, then explains why this cycle of boom and bust must repeat, given present economic conditions. Real estate can only be a truly winning investment if you know the cycle. For investors, the author has designed an 18-year Real Estate Clock which plots the progress of the cycle, with tell-tale signs so that investors can recognise exactly where they are in the cycle at any point in time and so help them decide whether to invest, sit tight or sell. He has refined this clock over a period of many years and those who have attended his courses have found it an invaluable and remarkably accurate guide for their investment strategies, not only in real estate.With its invaluable insights and practical guidance, The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking is a book for both novice and experienced investors alike who want to know why the real estate cycle moves as it does, learn how this movement can be forecast well in advance, and more importantly, wish to learn how to profit from this knowledge. A must read for any serious investor.

Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing

Author: Josh Ryan-Collins,Toby Lloyd,Laurie Macfarlane

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1786991217

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 9015


Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn’t land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land? In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

The Alchemists: Inside the secret world of central bankers

Author: Neil Irwin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755362713

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 462

View: 2899


When the first rumblings of the coming financial crisis were heard in August 2007, three men who were never elected to public office suddenly became the most powerful men in the world. They were the leaders of the world's three most important central banks: Ben Bernanke of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Mervyn King of the Bank of England, and Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank. Over the next five years, they and their fellow central bankers deployed trillions of dollars, pounds and euros to try and contain the waves of panic that threatened to bring down the global financial system. Neil Irwin's The Alchemists is both a gripping account of the most intense exercise in economic crisis management we've ever seen, and an insightful examination of the role and power of the central bank. It begins in Stockholm, Sweden, in the seventeenth century, where central banking had its rocky birth, and then progresses through a brisk but dazzling tutorial on how the central banker came to exert such vast influence over our world. It is the story of how these figures and institutions became what they are - the possessors of extraordinary power over our collective fate. What they chose to do with those powers is the heart of the story Irwin tells. Irwin covered the financial crisis for the Washington Post, enjoying privileged access to leading central bankers and the people close to them. His account, based on reporting that took place in 27 cities in 11 countries, is the holistic, truly global story of the central bankers' role in the world economy we have been missing. It is a landmark reckoning with central bankers and their power, with the great financial crisis of our time, and with the history of the relationship between capitalism and the state. Definitive, revelatory, and riveting, The Alchemists shows us where money comes from--and where it may well be going.

Exploring the Financial Universe

Author: Christeen H. Skinner

Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.

ISBN: 0892546328

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

View: 621


The role of the Sun, planets and stars and their influence on global markets is intriguing to traders and investors alike. Christeen Skinner’s research shows very definite links between major stock market movements and the position of the planets. This book will be of interest to those with little understanding of astrology as well as to those well-versed in the subject. The work includes charts, graphs and horoscopes and explanation of some of the techniques used for astro-financial forecasting. In Exploring the Financial Universe, financial astrologer Christeen Skinner covers solar rhythms and the intricacies of commodity, property and currency price movements with planet cycles. The role of the planets in mastering the relationship between time and price is considered. There is a chapter on the natal horoscope and financial rhythms set from birth. The book concludes with forecasts covering 2017-2024. Chapters include: Solar activity and the markets Stock Market Crashes of the 20th Century One Day gains versus losses Currencies and major planetary configurations Commodity price movements Property Price cycles and the role of the Moon and planets The link between planet cycles, time and price Financial timing indicators in your own chart Forecasts 2017-2024 The author presents case studies in business astrology and an explanation of some astro-finance trading techniques and uses financial charts taken from the Market Analyst software program for astro-traders.

International Political Economy

Author: James H. Nolt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135994366

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 250

View: 948


This book offers a completely new and unique introduction to the economics of international relations. It treats all the traditional major themes of international relations theory while giving each a refreshing new twist with the incorporation of the influence of private power, particularly in the realm of war and peace. It reframes the history of the modern global economy and politics by thoroughly purging the myth of the market, a systematic blindness to private power. It not only draws on, but also illuminates major themes and empirical findings of comparative politics, business history, business strategy, business cycle theory, social evolutionary theory as well as the practical wisdom of traders and investors. Part one introduces the major concepts of competing theories of international relations, emphasizing a unique approach, corporatism. Part two introduces the critical importance dynamic and oppositional analysis of issues. Part three traces the rise of the modern world from the mercantilist period until the rise of modern corporate organizations and the demise of imperialism in the crucible of World War I. Part four begins with the origins of the contemporary dominance of business internationalism before and during World War II, then analyzes three major facets of the postwar era: the unification of much of Europe, the industrialization of the Third World, and the Cold War and its aftermath. The final chapter considers the present and future of a fairly peaceful yet economically unstable world. This book presents a refreshing and exciting portrayal of the global economy which challenges every major subject from money to markets to the business cycle. This book eschews the economics of dull averages to restore the drama of contending business forces, struggling for wealth and, in the process, influencing war and peace.

The Secret Life of Money

Author: Tad Crawford

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 162153815X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

View: 6848


The Secret Life of Money leads readers on a fascinating journey to uncover the sources of our monetary desires. By understanding why money has the power to obsess us, we gain the power to end destructive patterns and discover riches of the soul. Midas who can turn all to gold, fishermen who will not share their catch, Dorothy and her companions on the golden road to the Emerald City, Scrooge who cannot give, the hunter who shares not only food but also debt, money that falls from the skies, buried treasures that can be spiritual wealth or be stolen, how debt can be like inheritance, the symbolism of the bulls and bears of Wall Street, the all-seeing eye on the back of the dollar bill—all these and many other stories and myths from around the world are given delightful retellings and searching analyses in The Secret Life of Money.Chapters include The Many Forms of Money: Understanding Its Symbolic Value; The Almighty Dollar: Why Money Is So Easily Worshipped; Money and Sacrifice: When Money Feels More Important Than Life; Hoarding Money: Why the Life Energy of Misers Is Stolen; The Source of Riches: Gaining a New Understanding of Supply; Inheritance: The Actual andSymbolic Wealth of Our Parents; Indebtedness: How the Debtor’s Tower Connects Earth to Heaven; Changing Symbols: Money, Credit Cards, and Banks; Bulls and Bears: How the Stock Market Reflects the Renewing Cycles of Life.

Ouch!

Author: Paul Knott

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 0273788752

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 1834


It's time to wake up or get wiped out. We live in a world dominated by a system that most of us aren’t aware of, never mind understand. When it comes to money and how it really works, most of us are too busy, too bored or too bewildered to think about it, despite being at the sharp end of the consequences. We simply don’t recognise the game that is being played out in front of us. Well check your pockets; you’re in for a nasty shock. OUCH! is your entertaining answer to financial fear, ignorance or confusion. Quintessentially irreverent but with a deadly serious message - ultimately it tells you how to protect your hard earned cash and save yourself from financial meltdown. You can’t afford to ignore it.

After the Crash

Author: Mason Gaffney

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444333585

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 217

View: 766


This book analyzes in a new way the causes of the current crash by showing how such events derive from real estate bubbles and their interactions with banks and other lenders. It explains the current crisis, but in the process, the author develops a general theory of capital (drawing on Wicksell) showing how excessive investing in durable capital of slow payback can destabilize and then freeze up a modern economy, which requires constant circulation and renewal of capital to function. Combining that analysis with observed cycles of land speculation, Gaffney shows how a "perfect storm" formed and now has overwhelmed the economy.

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down . . .

Author: Vernadine A. Merrick

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 163135793X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5542


Vernadine A. Merrick’s And the Walls Came Tumbling Down is the riveting story of two twin boys’ climb out of poverty to power and the sacrifices made to get there. Jack and Joe were raised by their father in the Cleveland ghettos. Their mother died in childbirth, but the boys had plenty of aunts to give them motherly guidance and a father devoted to their success. The two boys’ lives go in separate ways—Joe turns to life on the streets and running with gangs, while Jack excels in school, eventually going to Yale. Then fate deals one a hard hand, a tragedy occurs and their worlds collide in a way that forever changes their paths. From the seedy underbelly of gang life on the mean streets to the political and powerfully elite, the unimaginable secret that one has to bear will reverberate throughout his life and set in motion a chain of events that can save or destroy him as he aspires to the most powerful office in the land. Merrick has written a breakthrough novel that encompasses the precariousness of family relationships and the lengths a father will go to save his child. It paints a compassionate picture of how a tragic mistake can test the limits of a family’s survival yet still reach the other side of forgiveness and redemption. Joe Baker is a tortured spirit, torn between truth and deception, self-awareness and self-deprivation…and many wrong choices. Jack Baker is the mirror image of Joe and can only be described as his better half. He is devoted to his father, fiercely protective of his brother and the voice of the unheard. Suzanne Montgomery, glamorous, gorgeous and rich. Her larger-than-life, Hollywood looks, mask the vulnerable woman still desperate for love. Nicola Patricks while enormously seductive, her intelligence, decency and achievements are her pride. She is now thrust into a web of lust, love and deceit. John Baker is the father of identical twin boys that he deeply loves, but begrudgingly admits to liking only one. Dirk Patterson is amongst the upper class African-American elite. Yet he is intricately connected to two brothers from the other side of the tracks. Detective Ridder Jones smells blood and goes for the jugular. The case of the high-powered Senator is no exception.