Archive for April, 2011


#25 – Market Predictions for San Diego, CA from the American Monetary Association

San Diego, CA: 5.8% Return on Investment (2011) San Diego is experiencing many of the same fundamental problems as Los Angeles, but with a lower degree of severity.  The budget problems experienced by the state of California are affecting all of the major cities in the state, but San Diego is expected to be significantly […]

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IMF Says Chinese Economy on Pace to Eclipse America

A recent announcement by the International Monetary Fund declared that by 2016 the Chinese economy would be $200 billion larger than that of the United States, effectively ending a 235 year of American global economic dominance. Alrighty then. What do we do now? Sit down and wait for Mr. Hu Jintao to show up in […]

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AMA 28 – Les Leopold: The Looting of America

How could the best and brightest in finance crash the global economy and then get us to bail them out as well? Hmm…This is a great question answered by Les Leopold in this interview. Les Leopold co-founded and currently directs two nonprofit organizations, the Labor Institute and the Public Health Institute, and is the author […]

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#24 – Market Predictions for San Antonio, TX from the American Monetary Association

San Antonio, TX: 16.1% Return on Investment (2011) San Antonio experienced value stabilization in 2009, coming off a 2007 value peak.  With fundamentally sound economics for the city, and a strong business environment, San Antonio is expected to resume its long-term trend of modest, steady value appreciation once a bottom in values is reached.  Our […]

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The Obama Slap Could Hit Lenders Hard

It's a bad time to be a lender, if President Obama has anything to do with it. Negotiations between the current administration and the mortgage industry are focusing around allegations that surfaced last year regarding the fact that some lenders did not follow the letter of the law when processing foreclosures. The problem was that […]

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How Money Makes You Sick – Literally

Our relationship with money is the ultimate example of love/hate, but did you know there are several ways that it literally can make you ill? Our thanks to CBS Moneywatch for the following inspiration. 1. Debt, especially of the high-interest credit card variety causes stress and can turn you from a pretty fun person into […]

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#23 – Market Predictions for Portland, OR from the American Monetary Association

Portland, OR: -0.6% Return on Investment (2011) Portland experienced a cyclical expansion of market values similar to many other areas, and saw a subsequent decline after the financial crisis of 2008.  The market showed signs of stabilization in 2009, but has subsequently resumed a downward correction.  Values in Portland are regressing toward a more linear […]

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#22 – Market Predictions for Phoenix, AZ from the American Monetary Association

Phoenix, AZ: 19.4% Return on Investment (2011) Market values in Phoenix are currently at approximately the same level as in the year 2000.  The market area experienced a tremendous run-up during the real estate bubble and a spectacular during the financial crisis.  During 2010, the regression back to fundamentals continued in Phoenix.  For people who […]

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Real Estate is Your Best Investment Bet for a Wealthy Future

While the talking heads are still pooh-poohing real estate as an investment option, recounting tales of woe and blood in the streets, it seems to us at American Monetary Association that it's the very best place to be in the current economic climate. Sure there's been a bubble burst in some markets and that whole […]

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When Lying Politicians Say THAT, They Mean THIS

Politicians lie. They know it. We know it. Why pretend otherwise? The American Monetary Association thought we would review some of the most common lies propagated by one or the other political party in America. Normally we avoid stereotyping but, when the stereotype matches reality, not much left to do but go with it. Big […]

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#21 – Market Predictions for Orlando, FL from the American Monetary Association

Orlando, FL: 22.5% Return on Investment (2011) The city of Orlando experienced a tremendous increase in market prices from the year 2000 through 2006, and a downward correction in prices since the beginning of 2007.  As 2010 concludes and 2011 unfolds, we expect to see prices stabilize and regress toward a long-term linear growth trajectory.  […]

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#20 – Market Predictions for New York, NY from the American Monetary Association

New York, NY: -42.8% Return on Investment (2011) As the epicenter of US financial markets, New York has experienced a dramatic economic shock that is creating multiple problems for the state and city governments.  The most pronounced of these problems is massive budget shortfalls that have spurred the elected officials to raise taxes instead of […]

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#19 – Market Predictions for Minneapolis, MN from the American Monetary Association

Minneapolis, MN: -10.0% Return on Investment (2011) Market values in Minneapolis grew significantly from 2000 through 2005, and declined slightly until a larger correction was created by the 2008 financial crisis.  In 2009, values appeared to stabilize but went through up and down swings as foreclosures came onto the market following and pulled the prices […]

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#18 – Market Predictions for Miami, FL from the American Monetary Association

Miami, FL: -6.9% Return on Investment (2011) Miami represents one of the most notorious bubble markets in the entire United States.  Its prodigious rise and precipitous decline have served as a warning sign for the potential disaster that can await investors attempting to time value bubbles.  However, Miami is also a unique market area, since […]

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Is Government Financed Economic Recovery Legitimate?

One thing we can credit the federal government with over the course of this most recent recession and economic “recovery” is that they committed an error of omission of historic proportions by deciding that certain private and public institutions were too big to fail. Once again, our fearful leaders proved they don't have the courage […]

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