Real estate, alternative real assets and other diversions

What does ‘friction’ in trade really mean for the UK?

It seems like every few weeks, a British minister says in no uncertain terms that there will be friction in the customs and administrative procedures... Read More >


Investor's Notebook

Smart people from around the world share their thoughts

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The Macro View

Recent financial news and how it connects across all asset classes

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Fintech, proptech and what it all means

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A sideways look at the world of wine

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The Architect

Some of the profession's best minds

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The Auctioneer

What's going on in the auction world

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Residential Investor

Making money from residential property investment

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The Professor

Analysis and opinion from the academic sphere

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What's New

Global Economic Outlook: Positives Still Outweigh the Negatives

Just as geopolitical headwinds eased in late January with a phase-one U.S./China trade deal and the U.K. formally leaving the European Union, worries about... Read More >

The Aga Khan and Lisbon’s fabulous property market

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is the best performing property market in Western Europe, a magnet for investors from the EU and 8,000 plus non-EU citizens... Read More >

Are falling real wages the future for us all?

The issue of wage growth is something we have found ourselves returning to time and time again. The cause is in one sense very simple there has been a lack... Read More >

Technology, People, Retail & The Future of Shopping Centres

5 decades of Moore’s Law (which states that computing power doubles every 18 months) means that in the 2020’s we will experience change at a pace that... Read More >

Disasters keep coming: letter from New Zealand

It's the time of year when my loyal half dozen readers expect a missive from the far end of the world. Usually a disaster, natural or man made accompanies... Read More >

The Saudi Aramco IPO shares face rising risks in 2020.

A month and a half after Saudi Aramco’s historic IPO on the Tadawul exchange in Riyadh, I conclude a few salient themes from its price action and trading... Read More >

Face to Face

In-depth interviews with leading figures in the real estate/investment world.

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The Headhunter

Recruitment and career moves

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The Analyst

Investment themes and trends

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The Historian

A look back at previous cycles, events, characters

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The Economist

Money, rates and prices

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Political Insider

The inside scoop on Washington, Westminster and Whitehall

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The Agent

Reflections on estate agency, today and in past times

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Alternative assets

Investing in tangible assets

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Latest Articles

History’s first virus triggered global recession has already begun – and the Fed is clueless.

Thankfully, I was not in the global markets during the Black Death, the Great Plague and the Spanish flu pandemic but coronavirus cases have now crossed... Read More >

Is micro-living the next small thing?

We move to cities and we live in small groups when we get there. These two trends, urbanisation and smaller households, are contributing to housing... Read More >

Railways and Agglomeration: Evidence from the Past

“It promises to join up various portions of the metropolis with what has been described as an ‘inner ring’ represented by the Metropolitan District... Read More >

Art for art’s sake: Nice paintings, shame about the building

Philadelphia’s new downtown home for the Barnes Foundation’s stunning collection is a missed architectural opportunity – but worth a visit to check... Read More >

It’s not that simple

Simple comparison in property valuation involves greater complexity than some may assume – and it’s getting harder. Comparison is the lynchpin... Read More >


I have long maintained that films are powerful indications of the social mood and values of a society. Within that context, the comparison between two... Read More >

Not all animal farms are equal

Activists who condemn all livestock agriculture indiscriminately might want to consider the ecological benefits of pasture. At Montague farm we raise... Read More >

Coronavirus Highlights Xi’s Vulnerability

The coronavirus epidemic may be centre-stage for epidemiologists and other health professionals right now, but it is unquestionably also a political... Read More >

What made the world go round

Talk about a long-term hold – it took 10m years just to form the spinning flat disc that was later to become our solar system. The best theory we have... Read More >

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