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India to Open Stock Market to Direct Foreign Investing

Starting on the 15th of this month India will open its stock market to direct investing by foreign nationals. The country hopes that the move will help “combat market volatility and increase the flow of foreign funds into the country,” according to a government statement. Last year, India’s benchmark, the Sensex index, fell more than 22 percent and the rupee Read full article »

Analysts Say Key to 2012 Investing Lies in Jobs, Economy

With a surprisingly bright holiday retail season behind them, retailers are reporting that 2012 is looking bright. And with these reports comes a wave of positivity that economists say could help turn investor focus away from Europe and bring the spotlight onto the United States, hopefully spurring market growth along with it. However, ultimately employment numbers will determine the tenor Read full article »

Market News: Chinese Moves in Gold Sector Could Turn Markets, Economies Upside Down

Gold has long been touted as one of the most reliable investments out there, and lately many investors have been buying it as if positive returns on the metal were guaranteed. However, all that could change in 2012 if the Chinese government gets its way. According to GFMS, a global economic consulting firm specializing in precious metals, the Chinese market Read full article »

Market News: “Gold Rush” is On into Online Gambling

Quietly, and just before the Christmas holidays, president Obama’s Justice Department reversed years of legal decisions and authorized states to make the decision about whether or not to allow web-based, non-sports gambling within state borders. As a result of that 13-page memo, what analysts are calling the “online poker gold rush” is likely on, just as it was before the Read full article »

Analysts Peg Three EFTs to Avoid in the New Year, Like Health Care

According to a late December analysis from S&P Capital IQ, three major EFTs could be riskier than you think in 2012. The group gave underweight rankings to First Trust Dow Jones Index Fund (FDN), Rydex S&P MidCap 400 Pure Growth EFT (RFG) and SPDR S&P Oil&Gas Exploration and Production EFT (XOP). The first has been hurt by its ownership stakes Read full article »

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The Politics of Real Estate

Few industries are as profoundly impacted by the political machinations in Washington as the real estate industry. Whether it's old legislation like Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act or Barack Obama's massive mortgage bailouts, the U.S. political machine has a huge impact (usually bad) on the business of real estate.

Ideally, we could ignore politics. But here at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter, we insist on seeing the world with clarity - including the reality of Washington's aggressive involvement in every facet of our business, from mortgage lending to real estate sales license; from loan modification regulations to appraisal requirements... every piece of our business is profoundly impacted by politics. So rather than stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality, readers of the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter choose to be informed and prepared.

About Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis is an Atlanta-based real estate analyst and publisher of the widely read newsletter "The Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter". With over 200,000 subscribers - including real estate investors, agents, brokers, appraisers and other real estate professionals - the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter is among America's largest sources of unbiased coverage of politics and public policy for the real estate industry.

Bryan Ellis serves as editor in chief for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter and is assisted by an extraordinary staff of writers, researchers and editors who are each real estate experts in their own right and who assure that the news we report is well researched, factual, and highly relevant to today's real estate industry.

Bryan is very happily married and has two wonderful daughters. He makes his home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact the team at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter here.