All Finance comment articles

  • Investment
    Insight

    Investors flock to alternatives

    2019-10-11T00:00:00Z

    Political and economic uncertainty is driving investors to reconsider their investment portfolios and driving them towards alternatives more than ever.

  • City of London
    Insight

    What does the end of LIBOR mean for CRE finance?

    2019-10-09T00:00:00Z

    UK policymakers are clearly determined to move financial markets off the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR), used by the floating rate loans that dominate the UK CRE financing market.

  • Houses
    Insight

    How do you present a lending opportunity correctly?

    2019-10-09T00:00:00Z

    Presenting lending opportunities can sometimes be challenging as it varies between funders as to what information is required at the initial enquiry stage. 

  • Apex - Marion Court
    Insight

    How is public funding changing?

    2019-10-09T00:00:00Z

    Public sector funding in the residential real estate development market has significantly increased in recent years. At a national level, Homes England has led the charge alongside regional bodies such as the Greater London Authority (GLA). This demonstrates government’s drive to facilitate housing delivery.

  • Financial Investment
    Online

    Are some lenders living on borrowed time?

    2019-09-24T16:10:00Z

    We are facing an unprecedented period of political and economic uncertainty with mounting confusion over Brexit and an increasingly volatile global market.

  • Investment
    Insight

    The struggle for funding is real

    2019-09-04T15:13:00Z

    Securing finance is consistently listed as one of the biggest challenges facing SME developers, especially when they are new to the development game.

  • 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.

  • Empty shop
    Professional

    Is the rent being paid on some units relevant to rateable value?

    2019-05-29T10:54:00Z

    A shopping centre is anchored by a department store. The department store closes; no other retailer is willing to take over. Alongside the anchor store, a row of shops is now economically obsolete, but they do not empty overnight; the leases have not expired. There is no demand for any ...

  • Brexit
    Insight

    Investment risk is growing in UK

    2019-05-23T23:00:00Z

    Others’ problems should never be a source of comfort but they can provide perspective when required.

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Social impact is new bottom line

    2019-05-22T23:00:00Z

    Impact investing is a further evolution of the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment strategies alongside an overriding desire to ‘do good’ by delivering a social and total return

  • Financial Investment
    Insight

    Multi-let assets win on flexibility

    2019-05-22T23:00:00Z

    Which is a better investment? A single-let or a multi-let asset?