21 May '11, 1am

Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Why property prices will fall ...: There is a belief that cash rich Chinese restric...

I was watching at Robert Shiller's video on housing bubbles around the world. What strike me is the similarities in price rise and the subsequent bust among western countries. There were a few countries such as France where the govt intervened early to prevent a housing bubble that avoided much of the pain later. However, many other govts did not have the foresight and allowed the banks, developers and speculators to party on until the bubble burst and took the banking system down with it. The charts above shows the 2nd bubble that occurred among countries with banking system intact after the financial crisis after the western housing bubble became deflated. If you compare the gradient of the price increase, the price increase in Singapore and Hong Kong is sharper that the price rise in all of the western countries on the left. Late last year I met a housing agent who was ...

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