Archives for January 2007

Commercial Property Sales for 2006

As you have probably gathered, the demand for Commercial Property last year was strong.

In a recent article in the Financial Review, a report by CB Richard Ellis calculated that a record of $14 billion worth of Office, Retail, Industrial and Hotel property changed hands in Australia in 2006.

The accompanying table will give you a comparative summary of sales activity over the past 10 years.
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US Economy Seems to be Back on Track.

You may not have seen the recent reports … but there was an unexpected jump in new-house construction in December, and an increase in business activity in January. Plus, the US also saw a drop in its dole claims.

Despite these improvements, the full-year 2006 CPI for the US was only 2.5%; compared with last year’s concerning 3.4%.
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Mind Bender #2 : Solution

Thanks for submitting your solutions for this Mind Bender.

It’s interesting that most people tend to focus upon what is there — rather than what is NOT there — in seeking out a solution. So, it’s good to see that a number of you don’t place such limits on your own thinking.

In your comments, several people suggested that the words “a” and “the” were missing. Yet it’s not very hard to construct a paragraph without them.

bq. However, what’s unusual is to have an entire paragraph without the letter “E” – being the most popular letter in the alphabet.

Anyway, congratulations to those of you who picked it up quickly. And maybe I will have to ‘raise the bar’ for February.

Mind Bender # 2 : About December

I promised to help stretch your thinking each month, and encourage you to adopt different approaches to you Investment strategies. So here’s your next challenge.
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