Views & Reviews From the Frontline

What goes up must come down

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1022
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I am wary of simplistic assertions such as “You can’t lose.” I am a contrarian; I look to see which direction the herd is taking and run as fast as I can the other way. Until recently the statement “You can’t lose on property” was heard at dinner party tables across Britain. The middle classes have stampeded into “buying to let,” second homes, and equity release schemes. Many of us have seen our greatest financial investment, our home, double in value in …

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