30 09, 2022

The Rising Cost of Groceries: Inflation is All the Rage- Vol. VIII

By |2022-09-30T15:58:36-05:00September 30th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

Inflation continues to be on a tear around the world.  It’s especially affecting the cost of food, a core component of everyday life. To recap recent numbers, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a primary measure of inflation, jumped 9.1% in June, a four-decade high. The CPI in July came in at 8.5% and 8.3% in August.  These numbers are high, folks.  While the context of rising inflation may get [...]

27 09, 2022

The Drying of the Colorado River

By |2022-09-27T08:59:05-05:00September 27th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

Rain is needed in the American west, especially in the southwestern states.  Drought conditions have scorched the southwest for more than two decades, meaning a “megadrought”- a severe dry period lasting at least a couple of decades- is gripping the area.  This is the worst drought the region has seen in over 1,000 years.  Dry conditions not only affect the ability to keep a green lawn (see Goodbye to [...]

16 09, 2022

Mortgage Boycotts are Spreading Across China as Delays Mount

By |2022-09-16T08:45:35-05:00September 16th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

The letters from concerned buyers of presold, unfinished residential real estate developments in China read, “You stop construction, I stop paying my mortgage,” and “You hand over the apartment, I start paying.”  The growing Chinese middle-class has invested heavily in real estate, believing it to be a safe haven for their cash and (as of 2019) representing 60% of total assets owned by urban Chinese households.  With a middle [...]

8 09, 2022

Inflation is All the Rage- Vol. VII- With Inflationary Issues Like This…

By |2022-09-08T09:23:47-05:00September 8th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

This is an insightful post on the European perspective of inflation from my good friend and FourStar advisor Fred Crossman, direct from his Collar Stocks blog. You’ll see from his post that inflation pressures are wreaking such economic havoc in Europe that mortgages have even been issued with negative interest rates.  That’s right, some home loans in Denmark were issued that actually pay the borrower interest.  Euro zone inflation [...]