Real estate

China's "Bubble Prophet" Sees Unprecedented Surge In Home Prices

"We’re living through a bubble. We’re kicking the can down the road by buying time not to keep things in check, but to blow the bubble into an even bigger one. What’s happened over the past two years has made any new reforms even more difficult to roll out."

The Math Of Bitcoin And Why One Analyst Says It's Not Yet In A Bubble

"I have read many articles lately claiming that Bitcoin is in a bubble similar to the famous Great Tulip bubble of 1637... but that comparison is only for those who do not understand the significance of what is happening currently with blockchain technology... The bubble is the dollar... And thus there is no store of value to be found. This is a terribly ugly situation for people who believe in hard work and saving to get ahead"

Credit Card Defaults Surge Most Since Financial Crisis

The steep increase in credit card defaults in 1Q’17 and 4Q’16 was the largest since 2009, according to a report by Moody's, which suggests that the US consumer is getting progressively weaker and is unable to support the spending needed to keep the US economy afloat.

Household Net Worth Hits A Record $95 Trillion... There Is Just One Catch

In the first quarter of 2017, total US household net worth rose by $2.3 trillion, reaching a record $94.8 trillion as the stock market soared and home prices posted modest improvements. And while it would be great news if wealth across all of America had indeed risen as much as the Fed claims, the reality is that there is a big catch...

It's Always Just A Question Of Price

"I don’t buy the idea that Central Banks are incapable of stimulating the private sector to borrow. Like most things in life, it’s just a question of price, and these Central Banker knobs seem willing to pay whatever it takes."

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Another Stealth Tax

When you're a government agency, asking for a tax increase is always a hassle. For the most part, taxpayers don't like taxes, and if asked if they want to pay more, they're likely to often say "no." Moreover, when public officials pass tax increases, they may face the wrath of taxpayers at the ballot box. For this reason, governments are always looking for ways to get revenue without having to use tax revenue.

JPMorgan COO Matt Zames Is Leaving The Bank, Takes $48 Million Exit Package

In what is the biggest financial news of the day, with "Triple Threat Thursday" now downgraded to Single, outlook negative, moments ago Bloomberg reported that JPM COO, and former co-chair of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, Matt Zames who was viewed as a potential successor to CEO Jamie Dimon, is leaving after 13 years at the bank.