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Will they raise the base rate? Part 1

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally posted 2nd July 2008
There’s a hell of a lot of chat about interest rates this week. I’m left undecided as to which way they are going to go, but my best guess is at the bottom. I think there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Before I go into them though [...]

Limits on workers migrating from Eastern Europe may end

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally posted 25th June 2008
The cap that the Home Secretary put on levels of immigration last October may be relaxed or end altogether shortly.
If this happens then this will increase the upward price pressure on property and provide a low cost work force that will help the economy grow.
However, they are thinking of coming up [...]

How Do I Know The Credit Crunch Will Be Fixed?

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 12th May 2008
I’m going to cover first how and why I know the credit crisis will be fixed and then I’ll go on to cover why it will continue to be such a great time for the contrarian investor.
How Do I Know It Will Be Fixed?

Political Change Could Be What’s Needed For HIPs

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 6th May 2008
I saw that the Conservative Party has called for the abolition of Home Information Packs (HIPs). The packs were supposed to be designed to provide key information to home buyers and speed up the buying and selling process, ha!
They have been strong critics of HIPs since their inception and have promised [...]

Buy To Let Landlords Have Not Been Shaken Or Stirred By The Credit Crunch!

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 10th April 2008
A recent article in ‘Agreement’ Magazine which is an ARLA’s letting agent’s magazine said:
“Buy to let landlords have not been shaken by the credit crunch. Nine out of ten surveyed during the last quarter of 2007 state they have no intention of selling their properties for seventeen years. Four out of [...]

Will 2008 Be Looked Back On As Worse, Or Much, Much Worse Than 1929? Part II

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 27th March 2008
Ok, following on from yesterday when I said, ’so what does all that mean for us on the other end of the scale borrowing money?’
If you are active in the mortgage market at the moment then you can’t help but notice how the mortgage rates are being pulled seemingly every five [...]

Will 2008 Be Looked Back On As Worse, Or Much, Much Worse Than 1929? Part I

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 25th March 2008
There has been so much going on recently in the Credit Crunch that I think I could spend 200% of my time writing about it and still not explore all of the probabilities, let alone the possibilities. I also considered not saying anything about it as sometimes the truth can be [...]

It’s a shame we live in a country that only has the illusion of a democracy

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 6th February 2008
I was writing an article this week on the credit crisis, and I started to go off track and discuss who is likely to win the next election. So I stopped it because it was too off track, but here it is now.
Before I start I would like to make my [...]

“…Worrying about inflation at this time seems like fiddling while Rome burns.”

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 4th February 2008
For those who have followed my comments for the last few months I have often mentioned David Blanchflower as the only person on the Bank of England’s Monetary policy committee that seems to understand and is actually even capable of looking at the economy of this country and reaching the right [...]

The Credit Crunch – As Karen Carpenter said – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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Originally Posted 2nd February 2008
There’s a lot going on behind the scenes at the moment with the credit crisis and the Fed, even though they have openly cut rates by 0.75% and then 0.5% to try and give the look of having some sort of control. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, it doesn’t look like [...]

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