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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 >>

Trapped in the age of Nuclear Deterrence

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 9:46 am | Mark Rais

The standoff between nuclear giant United States and newcomer North Korea is a remarkable reflection of a past age. It is the quintessential example of the cold war era ideology where nuclear weapons were foundational to power and deterrence. More >>

False Data is the greatest threat to humanity

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 3:12 pm | Mark Rais

By Mark Rais Two Artificial Intelligence (AI) bots appeared to go rogue forming their own language, which the human computer scientists that created them could not translate. More >>

Fallacies promoting housing collapse - Mark Rais

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:05 pm | Mark Rais

If you read the top headlines or listen to New Zealand political debates, the housing boom and immigration are key concerns. What many seem to be ignoring is the very serious looming decline in the global economy and major decline in housing growth. More >>

The end of the Housing Boom

Friday, 16 December 2016, 5:23 pm | Mark Rais

There are a number of factors why housing has been on full throttle for the past three years in New Zealand. However, two of the most substantial drivers are about to change. The fulcrum for this change is founded in international macroeconomic ... More >>

Low interest rates are creating broader instability

Monday, 3 October 2016, 10:56 am | Mark Rais

By Mark Rais The housing market is becoming untenable for reasons not currently emphasised. The demand is underpinned not only by market forces driven from home owners or those looking to purchase a beneficial investment. It is also bolstered ... More >>

Proposed Land Tax will have detrimental long term affects

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 2:25 pm | Mark Rais

Proposed Land Tax will have detrimental long term affects Mark Rais The national median price of houses sold last year was $450,000, according to statistics from REINZ (Real Estate Institute of New Zealand). A proposed Land Tax at the recommended ... More >>

Interest Rate Cuts Fail When Applied in Isolation

Tuesday, 2 December 2008, 9:56 am | Mark Rais

Repeated reductions in interest rates do little to resolve underlying economic issues. Instead, any strategy that will overcome the impending volatility of 2009 must tightly coordinate several key growth drivers. More >>

Clash of Super Powers in an Age of Global Conflict

Wednesday, 8 October 2008, 3:53 pm | Mark Rais

Three powers now flex for rule in our modern world. The world has not experienced this type of struggle since the 1930s, when unyielding socio-political ideologies spawned by ambitious leaders began to drive daily events. More >>

War for the Hearts and Minds of Our Children

Tuesday, 29 January 2008, 3:47 pm | Mark Rais

Today, neither parents nor government are the primary influencers of children’s behaviours. As much as parents and even those in government believe that they have the ability to effectively influence children’s motivations and actions, there ... More >>

Mark Rais: Oil Rules The World

Thursday, 13 July 2006, 11:28 am | Mark Rais

Five of the top ten highest revenue earning companies on earth are oil companies, according to the just released Fortune Magazine summary . Perhaps more importantly, of the top ten companies, nine of them are either oil companies or automobile companies. ... More >>