News - Archive for April 2010

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With an increasing amount of distressed property making its way on to the US market, we take a look at one of the major contributors to the housing crisis. What is a sub-prime mortgage?
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The Goldman Sachs serious fraud case is a topic which has dominated headlines and conversations for the past few weeks and with the results likely to have a serious effect on the future environment for investments, we figured it would be a good idea to explore it in more detail....
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The property market in Thailand has been experiencing an upsurge in interest over the past few years, with low prices, a relatively stable economy and a number of governmental policies tempting overseas buyers to the Asian destination....
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It is useful to remember that the grass is not always 'greener on the other side' and if anybody was of the belief that the UK has borne the brunt of the global economic crisis, then it may be time to spare a thought for our European neighbours in Greece....
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At last some substantial signs of a turnaround in the US property markets! Reports published by the NAR (National Association of Realtors) show substantial positive advances across a number of areas in the US housing markets during March.
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It would seem the world press (or at least Europe and Scandinavia) have dropped almost all forms of news just to talk about a volcano whose name they cannot pronounce, (Eyjafjallajokull) and continue to go on about it with no sign of stopping. All of the news streams, blogosphere, twitter, and just about any other form of news or social media appear to be jammed solid with it. Great if you have plans to become a volcanologist, or you have a school project about volcanoes. Anyone would think an ash cloud had actually got into the internet itself!
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Predicting the outcome of events is something that has baffled the worlds greatest minds since the dawn of time. Philosophers and Physicists alike have pondered over such conundrums creating all sorts of weird and wonderful theories, either in a bid to solve the questions (usually to only uncover more) or to just confuse the world at large even further.
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Taxes. Often claimed to be the "other" thing one can’t avoid, apart from death. As an integral part of any economy, taxes are unfortunately necessary and usually heavily enforced, whether the residents like it or not.
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Depending on what and where you read, there are numerous rumours afoot that the property crash is over and recovery is on the way. Whether you believe this or not will largely depend on where you are, what you bought and ultimately how big (or non-existent as the case may be) the pile of equity/cash is that you are sitting on.
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