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Archive for November, 2012

Hanne Kjöller om polisen

Hanne Kjöllers senaste krönika om den svenska polisen är kanske hennes längsta och samtidigt en av hennes bästa. Hon har gått igenom, som hon säger, “pärmar med material”, alltså en ansenlig mängd information. Krönikans röda tråd är Stefan Holgersson, polis men även polisforskare, som jobbat i ständig motvind då han försökt beforska, effektivisera och förbättra polisens arbete. Skrämmande…

Home loans and house sales

Andreas Cervenka, financial reporter and columnist at the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, focused recently on home loans, noting that these have surpassed even stock market moves as the main talking point in society.

Meanwhile, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (via Dagens Nyheter) reports that house sales timescales have increased this year on last, mainly in large cities.

Cervenka recently discussed an interesting article by Thomas Alexander Stephens and Jean-Robert Tyran at the University of Vienna (yes, at last, a text in English) on why housing is such a popular investment, noting that people tend to focus on nominal value rather than returns on property. This research puts the expression “safe as houses” in a new perspective…