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The skyscraper index is a good predictor of economic crisis and both the cause of skyscrapers reaching new heights and severe business cycles are related to instability in debt financing.
Skyscraper Index Is Flashing Red Alert
http://mises.ca/posts/articles/skyscrap ... red-alert/
I'm almost convinced that the boom-bust cycles are by design rather than by accident. Not a conspiracy sort of design, but more of something that Wall Street knows the signs of and knows how to stop, but does not do so because they can easily sell high right before a crash, then buy low after a crash, resulting in a 50% ROI in four or five years. Just invest safely and don't pour in money when the markets are hot or pull money out en mass when the markets are low and you can generally still make a healthy profit over a five or ten year timescale. The people that really get burned are the average Joes that don't know anything about investing that pull their money out after a crash, thereby losing their opportunity to rebuild capital.