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How to invest in compounding machines

If I could summarise my most successful investments in one equation it would look something like this: Cash + Optionality + Astute Capital Allocation = Compounding Machine Good businesses generate lots of cash. Great businesses generate tonnes of cash, have lots of capital deployment options and, more often than not, choose the right ones. This […]

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Building back better

Why timber buildings may be key in limiting climate change. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report makes for grim reading. It finds that climate change is here, it is accelerating and left unchecked the implications for humanity will be serious. In the fight to curtail the worst impacts of rising temperatures, real […]

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China is on course to build the best cars in the world

Europeans and other Western nations have dominated automotive excellence for over a century. Whether it’s the satisfying thud of the door closing on a Volkswagen from Wolfsburg or the beauty of a Ferrari from Modena, these brands are iconic – and very lucrative for their manufacturers. When we think of reliability, the Germans, and latterly the Japanese, have had […]

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How it was

Old clock in Waterloo Station, London

Originally published August 2017. About 30 years ago I remember my stepfather, a well-known man of considerable standing, surprising me by telling me I was in a ‘gentleman’s profession’. OK, he was quite old, but amongst the next generation up from me, i.e. the majority of the property transacting public, there was still a whiff […]

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Reminiscences of an estate agent

Monopoly houses balanced on one pound coins

Originally published September 2017. This November I clock up 50 years as an estate agent – and what have I learnt or gained from this experience? Well, I have tried alternative business options over the last five decades but still ended up selling second hand houses for a living, and have I enjoyed it? On […]

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Real estate: the next generation

Originally published October 2020. For those about to emerge from university and enter the world of property, a few words of advice. As we enter 2020, I find myself engrossed in the new Star Trek series, ‘Picard’. Its central theme, set against a background of science fiction and interstellar space travel, is the perennial one […]

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Confessions of a valuer – chapter 18: babies, pensioners & major developments

In this very special series of exclusive articles for The Property Chronicle, Australian property legend Norman Harker reflects on his extraordinary 50-year life in real estate. He will pull no punches partly because, as he freely admits, Norman has a limited life expectancy of five years from December 2018 due to a diagnosed terminal blood […]

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What can we lose to China by isolating Afghanistan?

In July, CNN reported that the Chinese hosted a formal Taliban envoy in Tianjin, demonstrating the CCP’s intentions to pursue greater engagement with the region on its western border. The move should send a signal to the United States that there is still much value in maintaining open diplomatic engagement, humanitarian aid and trade relationships with the […]

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