How the Politics of Location Affects the U.S. Economy

The concept of geopolitics sounds academic and tough to comprehend, but actually it’s not. Put simply, geopolitics is the study of how international relations between countries are influenced by geographical factors. For years, ever since the decline of Soviet Union...

Why interest rates may stay very low for a lot longer

Since the financial crash of 2008, one of the biggest guessing games in the U.S. economy and markets has centered on interest rates — and when they would finally rise from the historic lows that followed the Great Recession. But year after year, analysts who predicted...

Interest Rates Stay Low: What’s Up with That?

A year ago this time, interest rates, particularly for mortgages, were expected to take a major leap, thanks to the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would begin to taper down its debt buying stimulus plan around the start of 2014. But, surprisingly, those rates...

Get Paid to Borrow (Part 1)

Jason Hartman tells a story in which a property manager from one of his properties phones him at 8:00 in the morning, from another state. He’s mildly annoyed because it is early and he isn’t a morning person. Five minutes later, he’s off the phone, having approved a...

Lower Credit Scores = More Mortgages?

How low can you go? A growing number of mortgage lenders around the country are about to find out, as they lower the minimum credit score requirements for getting a loan in hopes of jump starting a sagging housing market. We’ve reported previously about the ongoing...