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How to Spend a Night to Remember: Hire a Country

The principality of Liechtenstein, bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east, is just 160 square metres and has the second highest GDP in the world, has decided to make itself available to private clients from $70,000 a night, complete with customised street signs and temporary currency.

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Global Wealth in 2010 – A New Report

The analysis of 50 countries shows in the Allianz Global Wealth Report that the wealth losses as a consequence of the financial crisis have not yet been overcome, but at the same time the poor are getting richer faster than the rich are getting richer showing that the Global Financial Crisis has had a somewhat leveling effect.

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Australian Interest Rates Raised 25 Points to 4.5% – May 2010

With inflation at the higher end of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s desired levels (currently at 2.9%), a surge in house prices in March, worldwide GDP growth revised upwards, and Australia’s terms of trade rising more than expected, the RBA in their monthly meeting on the first Thursday of the month have once again increased interest rates by 25 basis points. This means that the basic cash rate now stands at 4.5%.

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What is Really Driving Australian Property Prices?

In this article of Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”, he looks at the factors that are REALLY driving Australian property prices, and an undersupply of real estate is not one of them. Instead, he focuses on the the changing nature of demographics, driven not just by prices but also demographics.

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Real Estate News: Reserve Bank of Australia Increases Interest Rates Again

The Reserve Bank of Australia has, on Melbourne Cup Day, raised interest rates. For the second month running, rates have increased by 25 basis points (.25%), increasing from 3.25% to 3.5%. Should the RBA raise rates again in December, it will be the first time Australian rates have ever been increased in three consecutive months.

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The MASTERPLAN Part 4: Banking, Company Regulation and Limiting the Size of Corporations (with podcast)

Even if those loans which are currently recognized as “toxic” are isolated and bought by the US Government or other institutions or States, there are still so many variables which could cause chaos – the banking system has so much to still be exposed.

…Summary Thoughts With only 25% of the worlds finance coming from banks and the three largest US Banks close to insolvent, the world has to deal with some enormous issues and this will require a united regulatory framework for the future and a limiting of the size of corporations as an international security measure.

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The MASTERPLAN Part 2: Credit Cards, Consumer Credit & Endless Economic Growth (with podcast)

Australians owe approximately $45 billion AUD on credit cards and is ranked as the third most indebted nation in the world when comparing total household debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), behind the UK and the US. … Who hasn’t seen a television commercial offering credit cards with low introductory interest rates on balance transfers (except for cash withdrawals which instantly are charged at the top rate) to entice people to further increase their personal debts?

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China compared to the United States – Just How Big Is It?

China has just cut interest rates by 27 basis points as they react to the global slowdown. Consumers worldwide are keeping purses in their handbags and with China’s two largest trading partners, Japan and the United States in economic decline, China is indeed feeling the effect. There has been a lot of talk about China’s […]

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