- Trust or faith in a person or thing.
- A trusting relationship: I took them into my confidence.
- That which is confided; a secret: A friend does not betray confidences.
- A feeling of assurance that a confidant will keep a secret: I am telling you this in strict confidence.
- A feeling of assurance, especially of self-assurance.
- The state or quality of being certain: I have every confidence in your ability to succeed.
- adj. Of, relating to, or involving a swindle or fraud: a confidence scheme; a confidence trickster
It all seems like all anyone really has these days is Confidence. We wouldn't want real profits or growth, or sustainable behaviours; would we?
Every day that goes by, I get more of the distinct impression that big chunks of the economy are part of a confidence game that resembles at best, blind faith and at worst, a giant swindle.
In relation to our local real estate market, to me, it resembles the giant swindle, with realtors and mortgage brokers taking advantage of the uninformed masses who place great 'faith' in the value of real estate ownership. They are blindly pursuing ownership at all costs with little or no thought to the immense risks they are taking on by putting themselves into massive amounts of debt. with little or no money down. We shouldn't come down too hard on the realtors and mortgage brokers though, since they are providing a service to willing consumers and they are just do their darndest to get that eager debtor the right amount of financing and the house they they just 'have to have'.
I actually put the blame squarely on the government and inappropriate rules that fail to guard the CMHC and hence taxpayers from massive losses in the future. After all, requiring a 10% downpayment is so 1999. Perhaps a speculator tax and extended ownership requirements for principle residence capital gains tax exemption (currently 12 months) would be appropriate rule changes too. After all, in countries with these sorts of rules, home ownership isn't a confidence game based on ever increasing home values and massive debt burdens but rather an appropriate personal and financial choice based on financial sustainability and lifestyle preferences.