Finance comment

  • Retail
    Online

    Are lenders tarring retail assets with the same brush?

    2019-08-08T09:58:00Z

    If you believe everything you read, the rise of online shopping, an oversupply of retail space, and the demise of a long list of household name brands means the end of physical retail as we know it.

  • Westfield
    Insight

    Stockholm syndrome for REITs?

    2019-07-24T23:00:00Z

    Are REITs suffering from Stockholm syndrome, the unusual bond that sometimes develops between hostages and their captors? REIT chief executives seem to be mesmerised by property valuations that aren’t the same as prices. Consequently, they risk buying shares back at the wrong prices and not selling their businesses at the ...

  • William Hill
    Professional

    Would CVAs prove a good bet for troubled bookmaker chains?

    2019-07-24T09:38:00Z

    When William Hill announced that it was consulting with landlords over plans to close 700 betting shops, other big retail bookmakers such as GVC Holdings (parent company of Ladbrooks Coral) and Betfred made similar noises. This follows the government’s decision to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). ...

  • Cambridge colleges
    Online

    The Arc’s passage to economic prosperity

    2019-07-23T09:21:00Z

    The government’s Industrial Strategy focuses on developing the UK’s knowledge-based economy – a vital part of future-proofing our country’s competitiveness.

  • NYC apartments
    Insight

    New rent law rocks NYC landlords

    2019-07-10T23:00:00Z

    New York City’s real estate moguls are reeling from the worst political defeat in their history. 

  • Graph – annual total return (%)
    Insight

    Woodford woes prompt liquidity rethink

    2019-07-04T23:00:00Z

    The well-publicised Woodford scenario has again brought open-ended property funds to the front pages of the national newspapers, referencing the illiquidity mismatch between their underlying assets and the offer of daily liquidity.

  • Financial crash
    Insight

    How beach body ready are you?

    2019-06-20T23:00:00Z

    The next major end-of-cycle crash in commercial property values will almost certainly not happen for some time. But if I am wrong and the crash is imminent, the way the market is behaving is very definitely different this time.

  • Generic finance graph fall
    Insight

    Housebuilders look to investors

    2019-06-13T23:00:00Z

    One of London’s popular locations for housebuilding saw a startlingly low number of private sale construction starts in the first quarter of 2019. In Zone 2 just outside central London, only 77 new homes got under way, according to research by Molior London. That’s 97% lower than the 2015 peak ...

  • Twentytwo Bishopsgate and City skyline sunset
    Insight

    The lioness and her pussycat

    2019-06-06T23:00:00Z

    PLP’s lead architect on 22 Bishopgate, Karen Cook, is a fierce defender of her craft, according to Sir Stuart Lipton, creator of the 1.4m sq ft City tower, which has just topped out at 945ft. “She is a lion; a brilliant architect,” he says. “But every lion needs a lion ...

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Modernising investment agency

    2019-06-05T23:00:00Z

    Embracing modern investment marketing methods and technological change has not been easy for the real estate industry.