Summary: The central banks in Sweden and Germany are concerned about overheating economies as the European sovereign debt crisis has led to a net inflow of investment into their housing sectors. If one looks at European economic policy, these bubbles are the natural outgrowth of a continued over-reliance on monetary policy in economic orthodoxy. More bubbles will follow.
Here's what is happening on the ground. In Germany, the Deutsche Bundesbank has issued a formal warning on overheated residential property markets in seven German cities: Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart. The Bundesbank's report says that the housing market is as much as 20% above trend in these markets, with German property experts openly talking about "local bub...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.