HIC's activities during the World Urban Forum 7The seventh edition of the World Urban Forum (WUF) will be held in Medellin, Colombia from 5 to 11 April. This event is organized every two years by UN-HABITAT in order to examine one of the most urgent issues faced by humanity: the accelerated urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. This time the main theme of the Forum will be "Urban Equity in Development-Cities for Life". Alongside with the WUF, and taking advantage of the presence of many...
Date published: 02-13-2014
An overheated market: "A wave of mortgage defaults could cause another British banking crisis"Property prices are rising swiftly. The Bank of England may intervene
Source: The economist
Wall Street’s Land Grab: Firms Amass Rental Empire, Ousting Tenants & Threatening New Housing CrisisThe Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, is now the largest owner of single-family rental homes in the country. In one day alone, Blackstone bought up 1,400 houses in Atlanta. And as private equity firms gobble up huge swaths of the housing market, they are partnering with big banks to bundle the mortgages on these rental homes into a new financial product known as "rental-backed securities," reminiscent of the "mortgage-backed securities" that helped cause the last financial crisis....
Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons whyEconomist Thomas Piketty's message is bleak: the gap between rich and poor threatens to destroy us
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Date published: 04-17-2014