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The Salary Needed to Buy A Home in 27 Different U.S. Cities





From a $30k required salary in the Midwest to $150k in San Francisco, the affordability of housing in America is anything 'united'.

 
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On Goldman's "Dubious Advice To Short Gold”





Those betting against Goldman Sach’s retail investment advice have generally been on the right side of things. The same thing is about to happen again. “Short gold! Sell gold!” said Goldman’s head commodity trader, Jeff Currie, during a CNBC “Power Lunch” interview. Currie’s advice was in response to the question “Is there any commodity you are recommending that can help our viewers make some money?” Currie’s provided several reasons for shorting gold, blatantly wrong.

 
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Here Is Rothschild's Primer How To Launder Money In U.S. Real Estate And Avoid "Blacklists"





"The use of Nevada “foreign” trusts avoids blacklists and the stigma that can come with placing assets in jurisdictions typically viewed as tax havens, without creating exposure to US income tax on non-US income"

 
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Europe Threatens To Require Visas From Americans And Canadians





According to Reuters, the European Union is considering whether or not to require US and Canadian citizens to obtain a visa before traveling to the bloc. Currently, the US enjoys a visa waiver program with the majority of the European Union that is reciprocated on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, the introduction of the more restrictive process of obtaining a formal travel Visa would hinder tourism for the European Union, something the local economy desperately needs to remain intact.

 
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UK Housing Bubble Pops: London Offers 20% Discounts On Luxury Apartments





Another major city is experiencing a pullback in demand for its property – once again as a direct result of Government action to dampen the impact of foreign investment. In London, as Bloomberg reports, demand has slumped so badly that developers are offering discounts of up to 20% for their newly constructed homes. And just as the case was in Manhattan, it’s a result of the UK putting in a speed bump. The UK recently increased taxes on those deemed to be purchasing a second home, specifically designed to slow the pace of overseas investment.

 
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Guest Post: Why Hillary Clinton’s Paid Speeches Are Relevant





Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches are not relevant because of anything that they said, but because the organizations that paid typically $225,000 to her, for each of them, were paying a servant, for extremely valuable services that that servant is being expected to provide to the owners and top executives of that organization if that servant becomes the U.S. President (or, in the case of her husband Bill) for valuable services that already were provided by that servant when he was a President. They’re pay-offs, for services that are anticipated, or else that have already been provided. They are not (such as the author was assuming) for “the speech.”

 
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San Francisco Home Prices: "This Is Troubling"





The following chart from the Paragon Real Estate Group, showing median house prices in San Francisco, is troubling, for reasons which do not need an explanation.

 
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China's Latest Problem: Surging Subprime-Housing Loans





Government efforts to tackle a glut of vacant housing in China by spurring home lending have triggered a bigger problem: a surge in risky subprime-style loans that is generating alarm. Home buyers in China normally put down a third of the cost of a new property upfront. But a rapid rise in buyers borrowing for their down payments—an echo of the easy credit that cratered the U.S. housing market and sparked the financial crisis—has led authorities to clamp down

 
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Here Are Some Of The Americans In The "Panama Papers"





Today we finally get some answers to the question on everyone's lips: who are the Americans in the Panama Papers? Surprisingly, there are no politicians of note are in files but plenty of others. Among them: retirees, scammers, and tax evaders, all of whom found a use for secrecy of offshore companies.

 
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Why Manufacturing Matters





It’s not the more fickle and systemic nature of the FIRE economy that makes manufacturing particularly important. It goes well beyond that...

 
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Kunstler: Donald Trump - The Ironic Antidote To The Pandemic Of Lying In America?





“He says what he really thinks.” That is the standard explanation for the astounding political rise of Donald J. Trump. Somehow the news media have missed the meaning of this: that the rest of political America refuses to say what it really thinks. Why is that and how can it be?

 
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As Manhattan Apartment Prices Soar, The Devil Is In The Details





As Bloomberg notes, apartment prices in Manhattan are at record levels. Q1 Mean and median prices are up 15% and 22% y/y respectively. Drilling into the detail a little further, the median price for 3+ bedroom apartments skyrocketed to $4.0mm, a whopping 30% y/y.  On the surface the aforementioned would indicate a market that’s hot, and about to get hotter, but be careful with that assumption.

 
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