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Bonds Are 'Housing' All Over Again

As German bond yields breach unthinkable levels, BK was struck by a chart from Deutsche Bank – it is a chart of German yields since 1807.

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Take a moment to reflect on this chart – in over 200 years, German bond yields have never been lower. This period of time includes such notable and notorious events as:

  • US Civil War
  • The British Railway Mania Bubble
  • The Panic of 1873 and The Long Global Depression
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Thomas Edison’s Invention of Electric Light
  • Invention of the Automobile
  • Stock Market Panic of 1907
  • World War I
  • 1929 Stock Market Crash
  • The Depression of the 1930’s
  • World War II
  • Japan’s Real Estate Bubble and Crash
  • The Dot-Com Bubble
  • 1987 US Stock Market Crash
  • 1997 Asian Currency Crisis
  • 1998 Russian Default and Long…

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Keeping up with the Joneses

It’s a very basic human trait. It happens all over the world, and people have been doing it since time immortal. Comparing ourselves against how we perceive our neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends is the inevitable result of striving to get ahead in this world. For the last decade, American’s have increasingly relied on credit to ensure that their house was just as big as the one next door.

Unfortunately, as we’ve seen over the last few years, this trend has come back to bite many of us where it hurts most; our checkbooks. The Huffington post estimates that nearly half of America are liquid asset poor, and many might not even realize it. Too many of us now live at a barely sustainable level that leaves us vulnerable to a single financial blow such as a medical emergency.

Savvy real estate investors need to understand this all too familiar condition and keep it foremost in their mind. Making sure…

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