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Gold Is Losing Shine For Investors As Prices Fall

Gold is losing its shine for investors as prices fall and yields from mining firms start to drop away. Since the price per ounce peaked at $1,989 last year, the value of the precious metal has melted away to around $1,300 an ounce, and the decline shows no sign of abating. The blame, say experts, […]

Cautious Wealthy Investors Play Waiting Game

Wealthy investors are pulling back from the markets because they fear the global financial crisis may not be over. Despite policy makers like Ben Bernanke of the US Federal Reserve hinting that an economic turnaround is just around the corner, investors are cautious about buying. None out of 10 high-net worth investors – those with […]

US House Prices Are Building Up, Say Realtors

Real estate sales and prices in the US are on the up but tight credit and limited inventory are holding back demand, says the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Their index reveals that most regions in America have seen strong price gains compared to a year ago and sales have increased by 0.6% to nearly […]

Latvian House Price Crash Blamed On Russian Speculators

Russian property speculators are blamed for Latvia’s boom and bust housing market. Latvia enjoyed years of double digit growth in house prices until the market began to weaken in 2007. That’s when prices dropped by 5% on the year previously before crashing by 30% in 2008 and then by an astonishing 42% in 2009. There […]

Kiwi Investors See Venture Capital Deals Dive By 80%

Activity in New Zealand’s venture captail and private equity markets fell off a cliff last year to record just a fifth of the amount spent the year before. There were just 62 private equity deals worth £61.5 million in 29012, compared to £306 million in 2011. The figures come from the country’s Private Equity and […]

Danger Signs As Swiss Property Market Bubbles Along

Fears are rising that the booming real estate market in Switzerland is over-heating after the government stepped in with cooling measures. With strong demand for residential property coupled with historic low interest rates on mortgages, the strong seller’s market looks set to continue through 2013. Even with the cooling measures in place, property analysts are […]