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  • San Francisco's cheapest house on the market has a big lot and some interesting history

    05/01/2018 10:55:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 1, 2018 | By Amy Graff,
    A humble circa-1900 cottage is the cheapest single-family home on the market in San Francisco right now, and a local historian says it could be a relic from the former Ingleside horse racetrack built in 1895. The cottage at 459 Ralston St. in Merced Heights sits on a generous 3,332 square-foot-lot and is listed for $649,000 (though most SF homes have been selling over asking price lately). "It's the lot that's the value in this property," says listing agent Robert Tao of Sequoia Real Estate. "Normally, the lots in the area are 2,500 square feet."
  • The tech bubble gets its (w)reckoning

    04/08/2018 11:08:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 04/08/2018 | Spengler
    The US tech sector does a great job of exchanging photos and recipes and family photos, but it doesn’t do much for overall productivity, which is stagnant as investment goes into apps rather than plant and equipment. This is how it always happens. Late Tuesday an obscure short-seller, Citron Research, announced that Twitter was the social media platform most vulnerable to privacy regulation – and its stock plunged 12% in the course of the day. All the other tech names followed, including the whole of the FANG+ Index (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, along with a half-dozen other big names,...
  • Is The Dot.Com Bubble Back?

    03/12/2018 12:34:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Real Investment Advise ^ | 03/12/2018 | Lance Roberts
    Let me start out by saying I hate market comparisons.While history certainly does “rhyme,” they are never the same. This is especially the case when it comes to the financial markets. Chart patterns may align from time to time, but such is more a function of pattern-fitting than anything else.However, when it comes to fundamentals, standard-deviations, extensions, etc., it is a different story. A recent article by Ryan Vlastelica brought this to mind. “While the strategy of investing in internet-related companies will likely always be first associated with the dot-com era, the long-lived bull market has proved to be just...
  • The Student Loan Crisis Explained (Video)

    12/18/2017 2:42:58 PM PST · by jwesleybush · 15 replies
    Byte-Size Politics ^ | 12/18/2017 | Byte-Size Politics
    Students are going into massive student loan debt to enrich college administrators and Wall Street bankers, even while the quality of education declines. America is now paying $10-12,000 more than Germany, France, or the UK for a year of college.
  • The End of China Inc?

    12/17/2017 7:20:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 25 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Sep 16, 2016 | Unknown
    There's a magic formula to becoming a millionaire in China - borrow big to earn big. For years, individuals, state-owned companies and municipalities have taken massive loans
  • Bitcoin (USD) Price 19K

    12/16/2017 7:11:23 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 67 replies
    Coindesk ^ | 12/16/17
    Bitcoin broke 19,000k today for the first time. In the last week alone it's up just shy of $5,000. Even though the price was impressive what got my attention was that fact that investment banks Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and even the Bank of America are now getting in crypto currency. Today I see more and more companies accepting bitcoins than even a year ago. So I through I would throw some money that will not hurt me to lose to see what happens. For the record, had I invested 2K last January 2017 when bitcoin was $1k I would...
  • Ripple surges 89% in single day, briefly becomes third-biggest digital currency

    12/15/2017 9:39:02 PM PST · by SteveH · 42 replies
    Cnbc ^ | Dec 14 2017 | Evelyn cheng
    Ripple, or XRP, surged 89 percent Thursday to a record high of 89.2 cents and was last trading near 81 cents, giving it a market value of $31.6 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.
  • Paypal Co-Founder Says Bitcoin is Underestimated, Compares to Gold

    10/27/2017 2:43:21 AM PDT · by Logicbox · 39 replies
    Cointelegraph ^ | 25/10/2017 | Jacob J
    Billionaire venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been a long time proponent of Bitcoin. At the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thiel once again reiterated the potential of Bitcoin, stating that people are underestimating it.
  • Housing woes spur Bay Area residents to ponder exodus from costly region, poll says

    09/19/2017 7:29:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | September 19, 2017 | By GEORGE AVALOS
    BERKELEY The Bay Areas brutal spikes in home prices have spurred more than half of its residents to dream of escaping from the expensive region, and the urge to flee is strongest among millennials, according to new poll results. In July, the median price of a single-family home in the nine-county Bay Area was $804,000, up 10.1 percent from a year earlier. The new Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll determined that 65 percent of the Bay Areas registered voters and 48 percent of voters in California describe the issue of housing affordability as an extremely serious problem. The...
  • Will the healthcare bubble burst? 19 key perspectives

    09/11/2017 5:22:24 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 8 replies
    Beckers Hospital Review ^ | September 11, 2017 | Laura Dydra
    Healthcare spending has been a topic of national conversation over the past decade as it continues to increase despite efforts to reduce waste and overall costs. The Affordable Care Act sought to curb spending through pay-for-performance measures instead of fee-for-service, and while the current administration takes steps to dismantle the ACA the goal for revising the healthcare system is largely the same: increase quality while decreasing costs. Americans spend around $3.5 trillion on healthcare annually, according to CMS, and continue to see premiums rise. How sustainable are current trends in healthcare spending? Will patients continue to have access to care...
  • Scott Adams explains TDS: How to know if youre in a mass hysteria bubble

    08/18/2017 8:40:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    American ^ | August 18, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert and the pundit who best explained and predicted the Trump victory last year, diagnoses Trump Derangement Syndrome as a manifestation of the historical phenomenon of mass hysterias. As usual, there is a lot to chew on, and Adams adds his master persuader perspective to the question. Along the way, he covers the role of cognitive dissonance in the process of creating and reinforcing the the fantasy bubble. This phenoemnon in its current manifestation was noted by Patricia McCarthy today: Trump's press conference on Tuesday made the left's heads explode. Why? Because everything he said...
  • Theres a 'supervolcano' waiting to erupt beneath a seemingly 'beautiful' market....

    08/07/2017 10:44:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/07/2017 | Annie Pei
    Full Headline: Theres a 'supervolcano' waiting to erupt beneath a seemingly 'beautiful' market, according to a portfolio manager "We went back to 1994 and researched team data that said [that if we look at cyclically adjusted P/E, one out of two times] the market was down in the next 12 months, and about one out of three times it was down more than 10 percent," he said. James' observations seem to mirror a note released more than a week ago by Goldman Sachs, which found that when valuations have been this high, 10-year returns on the S&P 500 have been...
  • Beneath the glow of stock-market records, darkly bearish trends are lurking

    08/07/2017 10:20:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    market watch ^ | Aug 7, 2017 8:07 a.m. ET | Ryan Vlastelica
    Market breadth, a measure of how many stocks are rising versus the number that are dropping, has turned exceedingly negative, according to Brad Lamensdorf, a portfolio manager at Ranger Alternative Management. Lamensdorf writes the Lamensdorf Market Timing Report newsletter and runs the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF HDGE, -0.64% an exchange-traded fund that shorts stocks, or bets that they will fall. As the indexes continue to produce a series of higher highs, subsurface conditions are painting an entirely different picture, Lamensdorf wrote in the latest edition of the newsletter. He noted that the year-to-date advance in equities the S&P...
  • This Time, It's a Bubble in Rentals

    08/05/2017 7:51:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 08/05/2017 | Doug French
    Sin City’s projected 5,000 new apartment units for this year makes no noise nationally in the latest real estate craze. “In 2017, the ongoing apartment building-boom in the US will set a new record: 346,000 new rental apartments in buildings with 50+ units are expected to hit the market,” writes Wolf Richter on Wolf Street. That is three times the number of units that came on line in 2011.Richter continues, “Deliveries in 2017 will be 21% above the prior record set in 2016, based on data going back to 1997, by Yardi Matrix, via Rent Café. And even 2015 had set a...
  • U.S. housing starts unexpectedly slump in May

    06/16/2017 6:40:26 AM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 16 replies ^ | June 15, 2017 | The number of housing starts and building permits issued in the U.S. unexpectedly tumbled in May, dampening optimism over the health of the U.S. housing sector, official data showed Friday. In a report, the U.S. Commerce Department said that housing starts decreased by 5.5% from the month before to hit a seasonally adjusted 1.092 million units last month from Aprils total of 1.156 million units, a downward revision from the initial 1.172 million. Analysts had expected Mays reading to rise 4.1% from the prior months initial reading to 1.215 million. Meanwhile, the number of building permits issued declined...
  • Trump "on an island, all alone"

    06/12/2017 5:13:11 PM PDT · by vannrox · 62 replies
    Axios ^ | 12JUN17 | Mike Allen
    The spotlight has been on President Trump's legal jeopardy. But inside the small circle of top Republicans who advise this White House, there's increasing concern that future political problems are stacking up. One of the oldest (and most trusted) hands in America told a large group of CEOs in New York City on Friday: "Simply put, Trump has lost control of his presidency. He still has all the power of the office, but for someone who spent a portion of his life in real estate litigation, he shows once again he has not learned the first rule of legal combat:...
  • Canada's Subprime Lenders Collapse; Has The Bubble Popped?

    05/01/2017 8:29:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 05/01/2017 | Ian Bezek
    Summary Home Capital plunged as much as 60% last week.Equitable Group fell around 40% in sympathy.Home prices appear to have topped in Vancouver.Has the long-running Canadian housing bubble finally started to pop?What happens with the big five banks? It's long been argued that Canada's housing market is immune to normal financial rules, such as debt/income ratios. Given that Canada is a relatively small country, and there had been (at least in theory) a ton of foreign capital wanting to invest, there was supposedly near-infinite demand for Canadian housing in its big cities.This foreign money theory has come under scrutiny. 2016...
  • Has the tech bubble peaked? Signs that the startup boom may be fizzling

    03/18/2017 5:10:35 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 Mar 17 | Olivia Solon
    Startups are beginning to run out of money and investors are becoming more discerning. How does this compare to the time leading up to the dotcom crash? If you were looking for an apartment in the Bay Area 18 months ago, realtors recommended you took your checkbook to viewings and were prepared to fork out for the deposit and first months rent thats $8,000 to $10,000 for a two-bedroom place in San Francisco on the spot. There was no negotiation because there were 10 people behind you saying, Well take it, said Ron Stern, CEO of housing relocation...
  • Nate Silver: There Really Was a Liberal Media Bubble

    03/11/2017 7:18:32 AM PST · by davikkm · 95 replies
    breitbart ^ | BRIAN MCNICOLL
    American media missed the rise of Donald Trump because they spent too much time talking to each other and too little looking at factors that challenged their conventional wisdom. That was the conclusion of Nate Silver, purveyor of and perhaps Americas leading political numbers cruncher. Journalists should recalibrate themselves to be more skeptical of the consensus of their peers, Silver wrote in the last of his nine-part series The Real Story of 2016, which appeared Friday. Silver said journalists rejected information that could have led them to conclude the Hillary Clinton campaign was not the slam dunk they perceived...
  • Third-wave backlash: Why Trumps election has fractured feminism on American campuses

    01/16/2017 10:16:45 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 17 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | January 13, 2017 | Simona Chiose
    ts easy to get lost on the forested campus of Wellesley College, the private all-womens university a half-hour away from Boston. The blue dot on your phones GPS is too small and the light thrown by the storybook lampposts too dim for a New England night in the fog of December. A quiet university campus at 11 p.m. is not the most comfortable place for a woman to walk alone, and so at first, you let the stranger behind you move ahead. But very quickly, perhaps after the third or fourth person has walked on by, you notice that they...