Real estate

How Much Must A Family Earn To Live In Each Major US City

The top three most expensive cities to rent in worldwide are American: San Francisco, New York City and Boston. At $1.09 per square foot, Detroit is the cheapest of the American cities included, and is more affordable than Cape Town, Bangkok and Jakarta.

Biggest EU Banks Embark On The Mother Of All Debt Binges

Spain’s three biggest banks, Banco Santander, BBVA and Caixa Bank, have got off to a flying start this year having issued €8.6 billion in new debt, seven times the amount they sold during the same period of last year. The last time they rolled out so much debt so quickly was in 2007, the year that Spain’s spectacular real estate bubble reached its climactic peak.

A New Jacksonian Era? Part 2

Trump will most certainly accomplish the relatively easy stuff – cutting taxes, building a wall, increasing funding for the military, spending more on infrastructure, and repealing Obamacare. If he wanted to leave a legacy on par with Andrew Jackson’s he will have to the hard stuff too. Will Trump have the courage to do any of the hard stuff? If not, the decline of the American Empire is inevitable.

The Norwegian Economy In 2017: Black Swans Hovering Overhead

Norwegians are just now starting to grapple with the effects of their “single cylinder” economy, mostly dependent on oil and gas (ca. 60% of exports). Despite optimism about $50-$70/barrel oil, American crude output is surging, on track to be the highest ever, since 1970, while cracks start to form in OPEC’s latest agreement. In addition to the oil tailspin, a flock of “black swans” have taken flight, led by one with a very orange beak.

"As Ye Sow..."

Our deranged world is a product of deranged minds...

There Are 66,719 Empty Mansions In Vancouver

Vancouver’s multimillion-dollar homes are not only out of reach for most Vancouverites, they are rapidly becoming a self-contained ghost town, because nothing speaks to the Canadian city’s affordability crisis more than its empty houses acquired by "hot money" laundering Chinese: as of the end of 2016, the number of Vacant or temporarily occupied houses more than doubled since 2001 to a whopping 66,719.