Back With A Vengeance!

I literally just came through the door and dropped my suitcases and here I am already posting setups. That’s right – the Mole is back with a vengeance! Not that you ratlings would actually deserve such dedication – judging by the comment section you didn’t miss me very much! And quite frankly – neither did… Read More..

Post FOMC Madness Update

Finally this month’s FOMC madness session is behind us. As usual I won’t bore you by regurgitating any pertinent tidbits of the day – if you’re interested in the noise I’m sure you’ll know where to find it. Let’s look at some charts instead – shall we? Yesterday I told you guys that such a sharp jump off… Read More

Snake oil or diversification? Maybe some of both?

In a momentous decision this week, CALPERS (the California Public Employee Retirement System) announced that it would shed all of its hedge fund holdings. This was the Absolute Return portion of its portfolios and it cited cost and complexity as the leading reasons to get rid of these portfolio constituents. The amazing thing is that… Read More

The Pest Clause: A Small Lease Addition to Avoid a Big Headache

There are a lot of clauses in any given lease, and some of them are obviously more or less business-impacting than others. Your late-rent clause, for example, is one that always gets plenty of attention. But are you aware of how much of a pain in the neck your pest clause (or lack thereof) can… Read More

MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly SurveyMortgage applications increased 7.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 12, 2014. The previous week’s results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday. ...The Refinance Index increased… Read More

4 C’s That Could Change The Financial World As We Know It, Again

Submitted by Mark St. Cyr 4 C’s That Could Change The Financial World As We Know It, Again Those 4 C’s are: Confirmation, Crisis, Contagion, Catastrophe. What type of confirmation could send the financial markets into such turmoil it could rock the very bastions of finance as we now know it? First: Scotland votes yes… Read More

The Real Estate Marketing Mistake That Could Cost You Millions

Before jumping into this week’s post on another way to dominate your local real estate market, I would first like to say thanks to the BiggerPockets Members for being so engaging in the comments section. People continue to leave comments, sharing their views on my posts and revealing their opinions about real estate marketing. I’ve had a chance… Read More

LA area Port Traffic: Soft in August

Container traffic gives us an idea about the volume of goods being exported and imported - and possibly some hints about the trade report for August since LA area ports handle about 40% of the nation's container port traffic.The following graphs are for inbound and outbound traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long… Read More

Opportunity is Everywhere: How to Uncover Hidden Real Estate Deals

Part of being an entrepreneur/real estate investor is being able to see opportunities that others do not. Opportunities are everywhere. But here’s the thing about opportunities: you may be looking right at one and not even see it. Opportunities are something you have to train yourself to see. As an example, think about the last… Read More

Is This China’s Scariest Chart?

As China's shift to a consumer economy progresses based on the urbanization of its agrarian 'poor' population, an odd thing is happening at the other end of the demographic wealth spectrum. As WSJ reports, nearly half of wealthy Chinese are planning to move to another country within the next five years, according to a new… Read More

This Market Sucks Update

Honestly I think equity market direction is a coin flip this week. The highest probability is a little more downside and then one last rally to fresh highs, but that is very speculative, certainly not betting odds. If you aren’t already short, you don’t have betting odds to get short, and the best thing to… Read More

Is Crowdfunding a Viable Financing Option for Commercial Investors?

I’ve been studying the emerging crowdfunding phenomenon and evaluating it as a potential source of funding for commercial real estate deals. I had a chance to interview Dan Miller, co-founder of Fundrise, one of the first crowdfunding companies out there. My conclusion is that crowdfunding is becoming a viable funding alternative for commercial real estate… Read More

The Biggest Risk For Investing In Alibaba Is…

Submitted by George Chen via The South China Morning Post, What is the biggest risk for investors in China's e-commerce giant Alibaba? In one word: politics. Jack Ma Yun, English teacher-turned entrepreneur, is already a legend in China for the incredibly fast growth and remarkable success of the e-commerce firm he founded in 1999. I… Read More

Investing Using Financing: Solid Way to Build Wealth or Imminent Disaster?

Investing in real estate may not be as sexy as the stock market. It is a long, grueling process that can take many years before one can realize its true returns. While the return on real estate may ultimately be quite rewarding given the length of time, one is tempted to want the returns now… Read More

FOMC Preview: More Tapering

The FOMC will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday. The FOMC statement will be released Wednesday at 2:00 PM ET.  Fed Chair Janet Yellen will hold a press conference at 2:30 PM.What will know for this meeting:• The FOMC will not raise rates. D'oh!• The FOMC will reduce asset purchases (aka QE3) by $ 10 billion… Read More