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The song remains the same

  It’s still all to play for in the REIT sector. I make no apologies whatsoever for repeating much of my mantra for the quoted REIT sector this year. The themes remain consistent, successful and unlikely to change for the rest of the year. I concluded my article for the summer edition with the phrase, […]

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The future for global cities

Originally published June 2021. As space requirements fall for offices and retail, residential will fill the gap. Much of the reflection on post-pandemic shifts in property has been focused on individual sectors, but how these interact with each other will also be key to the outlook for the urban locations where real estate is clustered. […]

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Bulls vs bears

The FTSE 100 and S&P 500 are trading at very different valuation levels. US and UK large-cap investors have had very different experiences since the crash of 2009. Over these 12 years, the FTSE 100 more or less doubled, going from a low of around 3,500 to a pre-pandemic high of just over 7,500. The […]

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The property instinct and the utter futility of socialism

If you are like me, you regularly interact with people who remain unphased by America’s recent giant strides towards authoritarian socialism, of an economy run largely by and for state actors and their corporate minions. Those who bother to engage with the problem at all eventually exclaim something like, “Well, no society has ever tried ideal socialism”, by […]

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Strong recovery underway

But what challenges await the US and the wider world? Over a year after the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world and crippled economic activity, a recovery is underway. The consensus among economists is for the recovery to be strong, which has only been amplified in recent months and justifiably so. Vaccine efficacy, vaccine distribution […]

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Greatest dry white wines in the world?

This wine connoisseur gives his informed opinion.  Most wine drinkers would probably plump for those made from the ubiquitous Chardonnay grape – French, in particular. Bottles from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune are the stuff of legend, the likes of Meursault, Corton-Charlemagne and anything with Montrachet on the label (obviously). Chablis, too, can rise to similar […]

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Collateralised loan obligations

Why these obscure products could cause the next global financial crisis. At the heart of the global financial crisis of 2007-09 was an obscure credit derivative called the collateralised debt obligation (CDO). CDOs were financial products based on debts – most notoriously residential mortgages – which were sold by banks to other banks and institutional investors.  The profitability […]

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