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03/22/15: The Death of Money – A Conversation with Jim Rickards

03/22/15: The Death of Money – A Conversation with Jim Rickards

Think about the role money has in your daily life… As real estate investors, we buy, rent, sell and refinance…all to acquire dollars…which is currently the money de jour.  And because, since 1944 the dollar has served as the world’s reserve currency, the health of the dollar affects virtually everyone…everywhere. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of headlines …

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10/4/14: Tracking Trends in Commercial Real Estate and the Broader Economy

10/4/14: Tracking Trends in Commercial Real Estate and the Broader Economy

Commercial real estate can be a leading indicator of broader economic trends…especially employment, which is very important to real estate investors.  Because when businesses are optimistic, they lease space to house more people and accommodate growth. Likewise, when businesses are pessimistic, they don’t add space, renew leases or accept rental increases (important if you’re the …

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8/3/14: Clues in the News – Banks, Millennials, the Middle Class and Interest Rates

8/3/14: Clues in the News – Banks, Millennials, the Middle Class and Interest Rates

U.S. home ownership is around a 19 year low…banks are lowering their standards for jumbo loans…millennials aren’t buying houses…and the middle class is moving inland to more affordable markets. Other than that, there’s not a lot going on. 😉 But what do all these headlines mean to everyday real estate investors? Behind the shiny silver …

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6/22/14: Stop, Go or Proceed with Caution – A Conversation with Peter Schiff

6/22/14: Stop, Go or Proceed with Caution – A Conversation with Peter Schiff

Love him or hate him, Peter Schiff always speaks his mind. We happen to love him.  Not only do we admire his courage in trusting his own judgment… even when all the “experts” say he’s wrong, but we appreciate his willingness to explain his reasoning to anyone interested enough to listen. For those that don’t …

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10/13/13: Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Debate – Ramifications for Investors

10/13/13: Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Debate – Ramifications for Investors

Because the US dollar is the reserve currency of the world, what happens in Washington DC and at the Federal Reserve has a big effect on the rest of the world. Likewise, how the world responds to Washington and the Fed affects the strength of the US dollar, which in turn affects interest rates.  And …

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9/15/13: Clues in the News:  Fools Rush In – Beware the Jobless Recovery

9/15/13: Clues in the News: Fools Rush In – Beware the Jobless Recovery

We like real estate.  We think real estate is a GREAT investment…maybe the BEST investment. BUT (and yes, it’s a big bubble of a but), not all real estate is the same.  And not all real estate markets are the same.  And not all real estate market booms are the same. So, because we’ve been …

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7/7/13: Moving Market Metrics and What They Mean to Real Estate Investors

7/7/13: Moving Market Metrics and What They Mean to Real Estate Investors

Gold, oil, interest rates, the dollar and the Dow.  These are just a few of the many market indicators captains of investment funds watch.  But what, if any, importance do these items have for real estate investors? In the studio to muse on the meaning of moving market metrics: Your captain of conversation, Robert Helms …

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7/29/12: Bonds, Dividends and Wealth Management – How Other Investments Relate to Real Estate

7/29/12: Bonds, Dividends and Wealth Management – How Other Investments Relate to Real Estate

We continue our summer soiree into all things economic with a triple set of interviews from Freedom Fest.  This time we’re talking bonds, dividends and wealth management from a banking perspective – and how all that relates to real estate investors.  Not as exciting as how to evict a non-paying tenant, but here we go…. …

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