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Wine investment report

Given the lack of relatively significant news in the wine market, this is the first report since early in the second quarter of the year. In fact, it is fair to say that the world of fine wine has been relatively boring, and in this world, boring is good! The lack of volatility has been […]

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Don’t worry about rent control

This article was originally published in Housing shortages in Europe’s cities are driving a rise in tenant protections such as rent control, but that needn’t be a bad thing for investors. Europe’s best cities are booming. With their active environments, dynamic economies and attractive employment opportunities, people across the continent are flocking to nest in […]

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Chart of the month: US crude oil

Since the industrial revolution, energy consumption and production has played a central role in economic development as it has set a path for many countries to move from a predominantly agrarian economy into a modern developed country. Petroleum has been a fundamental source of energy for more than a century, making it a highly sought-after […]

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Trump mania: why do we care so much about politics?

The morning after Trump was elected, people in my university class were crying.  Fair enough, you think: you’ve heard about the emotional fragility of today’s youth, and perhaps you’ve read Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s great book The Coddling of the American Mind. If so, you’re not unfamiliar with youngsters overreacting to seemingly mundane and […]

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Income from offices could fall 20%

Demand projections for the next five years point to a huge drop in income streams as occupancy and rents fall. This is not the first time the property press has predicted the end of the office as we know it, with a switch to remote and flexible working; it was also a major theme following […]

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Quarterly investment report

When I was a boy, there was a programme on the telly where a smiley Arthur Askey interviewed ‘ordinary people’. It was more of a challenge than a conversation – if the interviewee replied “yes”, “no”, or “dunno”, there would be a sepulchral crash on a gong, wielded by a bruiser who specialised in frightening […]

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Perhaps we’re better off apart

Thinking, behaving and succeeding as a team when we can’t spend time together doesn’t have to be a problem. The coming of autumn normally heralds a period of change: we see leaves turn shades of gold and red, we start to wear coats again after the long summer, and we cast our eyes forward to […]

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The new office

There is no denying that the last six months have been extraordinary. Businesses of all sizes across the globe have been navigating their way through uncharted territory, while employees have had to reimagine their work days, finding new ways to connect with colleagues digitally while working from home. However, while remote working has become part […]

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Confessions of a valuer, chapter 2: Yearning for a moustache

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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Buying Banksy

This article was originally published in August 2019. Challenging the opinion that only the wealthiest can buy Banksy art Banksy’s art hit the headlines in October 2018 when a piece of artwork self-destructed in the midst of an auction. Since then, demand for the anonymous artist’s work has shot up. Luckily for collectors, it’s possible […]

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