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For Labour Ideology Must Better Match Reality

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 11:25 am | Mark Rais

A perfect storm of events has substantively shaken many of Labour’s ideological goals and intentions. To Labour’s credit, they have attempted to swiftly respond to a few of the growing issues. However, economically, socially, and politically, ... More >>

The Move To DEFCON 2 And Implications For New Zealand

Monday, 28 February 2022, 5:13 pm | Mark Rais

To understand what Putin placing his deterrence forces on highest alert means in clear terms, we must look beyond the initial European leadership responses, and review the immediate result to the United States DEFCON status. European leaders have responsibly More >>

Housing And Rental Prices Are The Result Of Macroeconomics

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 10:35 am | Mark Rais

There is a macroeconomic dynamic that appropriates Newton’s third law. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. To a certain degree this can apply to economic principals relevant to the housing market. When a governing law sets ... More >>

DHBs Likely To See Substantive Overload As COVID Lockdown Ends

Monday, 29 November 2021, 9:57 am | Mark Rais

Unequivocally, vaccines are highly effective at reducing hospitalisations. But this data must be taken in context to overall trend analysis from several highly vaccinated nations including Israel and Singapore. Data from these nations’ Health Ministries ... More >>

Will Labour Abandoning Centrist Policies Decay The PM’s Legacy?

Friday, 26 November 2021, 3:00 pm | Mark Rais

The greatest failings of government arise when a growing bureaucracy and political ambition replace the principals of service. The world has watched the remarkable and successful results when a capable and empathetic leader, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern ... More >>

NZ Left Out of the AUKUS Military Initiative

Monday, 20 September 2021, 9:23 am | Mark Rais

The recently announced military alliance between the United States, the United Kingdom, and the government of Australia is related to strategic and vital sales of naval weapons capability and not a unique new defence strategy. More >>

Leaders disparage NZ Covid response while their citizens die

Wednesday, 25 August 2021, 9:22 am | Mark Rais

It takes a special kind of public figure to openly and repeatedly condemn New Zealand’s response to the COVID pandemic, while ongoing outbreaks kill off their own citizens. More >>

Housing Boom Is Global Not Local – Fixing Our Housing Boom Demands A Broader Perspective

Monday, 5 July 2021, 5:15 pm | Mark Rais

There are vocal calls for government intervention in the booming housing market. What is deeply troubling is not the creative, albeit often futile ideas that are driving government intervention in the pricing of residential housing. The deeply ... More >>

Fixing House Prices And The Limitations Of A Capital Gains Tax

Monday, 7 December 2020, 2:01 pm | Mark Rais

As house prices escalate at extra-ordinary levels, there are increasing demands for taxation as a method of tempering the price growth. Capital gains taxes are one of several new tax proposals being considered as methods for helping cool the housing ... More >>

Housing Boom Caused By Massive Inflationary Cycle

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 8:22 am | Mark Rais

The political debate is now focusing on housing and the dramatic exponential growth in housing prices since the major COVID-19 lockdowns ended. Unfortunately, as I wrote almost six months ago, the massive growth in housing prices is a derivative of overt ... More >>

One US Senate Race May Indicate The Overall Election Results

Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 7:45 am | Mark Rais

There are many complex and unsteady indicators in the current Presidential race in the United States. Gauging the results, whether Republicans will retain the Senate majority, and who will win the White House becomes less clear each day the election ... More >>

90 Days To Elections: Trends Show Biden Win And Turbulent Transition

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 3:41 pm | Mark Rais

Biden is projected to win the presidential election in the United States, by both the popular vote and the Electoral College, based on trend analysis 90 days out. Moreover, the cultural trends indicate a particularly turbulent and drawn out transition ... More >>

Are Polls Lying? Trends Shed Light

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 4:45 pm | Mark Rais

Although several leaders from various parties have taken additional effort this week to discount the results of the latest Newshub-Reid poll (26-July-2020), underlying trends validate most of the results. Political trends often reveal a fundamental More >>

The Housing Market Is Underpinned By Four Catalysts

Friday, 24 July 2020, 1:22 pm | Mark Rais

The housing bubble predicted by many to burst is unlikely to occur unless there is mass unemployment. Even then, government intervention similar to that seen with the initial COVID-19 response, including mortgage and wage subsidy schemes, will ... More >>

The Pandemic Is Not Over

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 2:52 pm | Mark Rais

The government’s effective response to the outbreak of COVID-19 is as much a beacon of success as it is an unfortunate reality of timing. Whereas significant numbers of countries that had been stemming the tide of the virus now again face explosive ... More >>

A Grand Threat To New Zealand During This Pandemic

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 8:43 am | Mark Rais

As the media focus is explicitly on those thousands returning to New Zealand, it has largely ignored the reality of where the actual pandemic threat originates. Stats NZ has recently noted approximately 21,124 people arrived between April and June. ... More >>

Growing Arrivals Require Broader Approach To Pandemic Response

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 3:59 pm | Mark Rais

Latest data from Statistics New Zealand verifies that approximately 21,000 people in total arrived between April and June [1]. With such a large number of arrivals during the pandemic lock-downs, there are increasing concerns regarding the costs ... More >>

Six Key Drivers For The Real Estate Market In New Zealand

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 7:11 am | Mark Rais

There are six key drivers for the real estate market in New Zealand, and most are currently underpinned by stabilising events. It is unlikely that any substantive downward trends in the real estate prices will occur in the near term. This is underpinned ... More >>

Success or Failure of CGTdependant on Macro-Economics

Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:58 am | Mark Rais

The newly proposed capital gains tax (CGT) has the potential to beneficially improve economic conditions, especially for low and middle earners who would see an exempting of a portion of their income tax. But such beneficial results can only come if the ... More >>

An emerging rental crisis caused by macro-economic drivers

Friday, 18 January 2019, 2:22 pm | Mark Rais

The new tenancy law changes and investment tax proposals, although quite sound in their intention, may unwittingly combine with emerging negative macro-economic forces. More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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