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GE Gets Out At The Top

by John Rubino on April 10, 2015 · 8 comments

Back in the early 2000s, General Electric — previously known as the world’s biggest, best managed maker of cool, useful things like jet engines and wind turbines — discovered that it could make even more money by exploiting its AAA credit rating to borrow cheap currency and lend it out at higher rates. It ramped […]

Commercial Real Estate on Borrowed Time?

by John Rubino on March 24, 2011 · 13 comments

Back in 2009 it seemed obvious that the next shoe to fall — or bomb to go off — was commercial real estate. The thinking went something like this: homes go into foreclosure fast, when the mortgage holder loses a job, or the monthly payment adjusts to some ungodly number that dwarfs the hapless homeowner’s […]

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