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The way we educate our school-leavers needs to change. I can recall being staggered, when first working in the US, by how much personal debt individuals took on as a matter of course to attain a degree. I also remember thinking how fortunate we were in the UK that education to degree level remained ‘free’ (excepting those who chose to engage with the independent schools sector). We could leave university ready to enter the workplace, unencumbered by the kind of debts saddling our cousins... Read More >

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The pandemic has created as many opportunities as it has removed, and there will be no lasting damage – not even for the young. At the outset of this crisis, there were widespread concerns that the UK residential market would suffer Read More >

Continuing our three-part series on proptech, a look at the innovation gap in real estate. Following our walk down proptech’s memory lane last week, today we will look at the real estate industry’s innovation gap. This in turn will set Read More >

Frank Gehry’s cultural centre in the Bois de Boulogne was born into controversy but is now accepted as a phenomenal piece of architecture whose structural gymnastics defy belief. La Fondation Louis Vuitton, a remarkable building by any Read More >

What can real estate expect in 2021? After rain there is sunshine, as a Dutch saying goes. And if you have as much rain as we do, you know what you are talking about. So, can we expect sunshine to return in 2021, after this very ‘rainy’ Read More >

Each one of these trends is underpinned by a higher weighting afforded to individual needs, preferences and experiences – meaning that real estate developers and landlords can no longer take a cookie-cutter Read More >

Who can resist being provided with a soapbox? The Property Chronicle asked whether, as a partner in a reasonably sized London law firm, I would reveal some of the black arts of solicitors, the most famously egregious being hourly billing and my Read More >

“I’d rather be dumb and antifragile than extremely smart and fragile” – Nassim Taleb, in Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (2012), p4 Looking beyond covid-19 (see our previous article), the future performance of real estate Read More >

The broad-based REIT indexes were relatively flat last week, which was in tandem with the broader based indices.But the biggest talking point has been the two recent activist campaigns launched on Ashford Hospitality Trust (AHT) by Cygnus Read More >

Housing activity – starts and permits – posted strong results in September as the single-family segment made gains across most of the country while multifamily housing appears to be trending flat. Total housing starts rose to a 1.415 million Read More >

US home sales are soaring, and even renters now favour suburban units with ample space for home-working. Should urban landlords be worried? A growing trend in the US housing market is the search for more space, light and air. It is evidenced Read More >

Ordinary valuation methods prove inaccurate when the measures they’re based on are in such a state of flux – it’s time to turn to a different methodology. In ordinary circumstances (anyone remember those halcyon days of steady state Read More >

Industrial and logistics (I&L) REITs in the Pacific Rim played an added-value and strategic role in multi-asset portfolios, according to our new analysis published in the Journal of Property Investment & Finance.  E-commerce is Read More >

Real estate probably isn’t one of the first industries that comes to mind when thinking about climate change – but it should be. Globally, the built environment is responsible for around 40% of energy-related carbon emissions, so getting to Read More >

Housing is needed. Green space is precious. And, after the coronavirus, some offices could be left empty. Anyone currently campaigning against the obvious solution of converting disused office space into housing would surely be Read More >

Summary Xaar is a relatively young and small leading-edge technology business which I bought in mid-2018It’s a good example of how excessive R&D in highly cyclical businesses can produce bad resultsI sold because a 90% increase in Read More >

This is going to be a somewhat different ramble from previously, vis-à-vis the curious concept of buying claret while it still lies in a wooden barrel. Good thing, too – much too much repetition the last time around. Let’s go back, if we Read More >

https://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/uk_national_deficit_analysis He may be one of only a handful of senior-ranking Ministers in Downing Street to have avoided catching Covid-19 but the pandemic has left the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a Read More >

German financial analysts are forecasting an increase in property foreclosures of at least 20%, and loan defaults of up to €100bn as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, once the laws introduced on 23rd March to protect borrowers lose Read More >

This morning there will have been scenes at the Bank of England. Indeed there will have been jostling amongst the staff as they rush to be the one who presents the morning meeting. Whoever grabbed the gig will be facing a Governor who has a wide Read More >

THE CORRELATION between being overweight and being in ICU with Covid-19 is so well known outside of Downing Street, that there is already at least one published Covid Diet.  Like all diets it suggests that you eat plenty of protein, Read More >

In the past 18 years, after a series of spectacular and occasionally failed rocket launches, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has emerged as Silicon Valley’s next colossus, a once in a generation business in the same league as an Amazon, a Google or a Read More >

The coronavirus economic shock has already caused UK house prices to wobble – and they may yet tumble if the narrative worsens. As the virus changes society and the way we live, it will inevitably change the factors that drive the demand and Read More >

If you think about German banking, your first thoughts are likely Deutsche Bank’s history of negative headlines and crashing stock price over the last many years. There is a widely held perception across the financial markets that Germans are Read More >

Last month WeWork surveyed the heads of real estate from 69 global corporations asking how they envisioned the world of work in this new COVID-19 age. Three themes emerged: +  Acceleration of how flex space might be Read More >

In my opinion, culture is probably the single most important thing in business. A good business model can be destroyed by bad management and poor cultural practices. The recent example of Wirecard is a case in point, but there are many Read More >

NOW GDP is the cumulative amount we all earn through the course of 12 months, it is a flow, and must not be confused with the total value of assets across the UK, or our stock of wealth. With these differences in mind let us compare and contrast Read More >

My World: June 2021... This is part of a series of articles where our contributors describe how they think things will look a year from now. Office demand stays level, as flexible working and a move to lower density cancel each other out Read More >

My world: June 2021... This is part of a series of articles where our contributors describe how they think things will look a year from now. Both the offices and residential markets will migrate to the regions, and algorithms will rule our Read More >

My world: June 2021... This is part of a series of articles where our contributors describe how they think things will look a year from now. I see a friend on the way into the New York office building where I have a presentation to an Read More >

There may not be many reasons for optimism about the economic outlook, but one is the relative flexibility of the UK labour market. This should help unemployment to fall back and activity to recover more quickly – provided government gets out Read More >

Proptech evangelists would have you believe that emerging digital technologies can and will be applied imminently to any real estate use, in the process resolving all of the industry’s current inefficiencies overnight. However, as the saying Read More >

Long term interest rates, in real and nominal terms, have fallen continuously since the early 1980s, and yields on commercial real estate have come down with them.  Most recent analysis, suggests that it is real rather than nominal interest Read More >

veryone agrees that people’s life and wellness are more important than GDP figures. But GDP figures are not only the invention of cold-hearted economists with nothing but monetary transactions on their mind. They capture something in the real Read More >

The era of monetary dominance is over. Helicopter money signals investment regime changes ahead.  S&P performance until surpassing -20% threshold, number of trading days It was the avalanche we have long feared. From record Read More >

Cycling to Success As I was growing up, one of the quirky delights of the weekend was listening to Alistair Cooke’s ‘Letter from America.’ I’m sure at the time I barely understood what he was opining on but somehow the combination of Read More >

On November 1, 2005, President George W. Bush held a press conference in which he called for draconian measures and $7.1 billion in spending to stop the spread of H5N1 Avian flu, which was then starting to cause some panic.  “The Read More >

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