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    #1

    "a bubble waiting to burst"



    "Many analysts believe Hong Kong's property market is a bubble waiting to burst. To deflate it slowly, the government has introduced a series of increasingly stringent policies since November 2010. These have made it more expensive for investors to buy or flip homes for a quick profit."

    More: World's most expensive parking places - CNN.com

    Does a bubble waiting to burst mean ticking bomb?

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    #2

    Re: "a bubble waiting to burst"

    You've got the right idea, OD.

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    Re: "a bubble waiting to burst"

    Answer: Basically, yes that is a good comparison of expressions. The market is expected to deflate rapidly and suddenly without warning.

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    Re: "a bubble waiting to burst"

    When prices rise excessively and irrationally, you have a bubble, and this normally leads to a crash, so it is a ticking bomb, though possibly one that implodes.

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