All Finance comment articles

  • Rates valuations
    Insight

    More action is required on business rates relief

    2020-03-18T14:28:00Z

    Editor: Some businesses can breathe a little easier following last week’s Budget. As Property Week  reported, the chancellor announced that any eligible retail, leisure or hospitality business with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will pay no business rates this year .

  • Rishi Sunak
    Insight

    Budget measures must help everyone

    2020-03-18T13:50:00Z

    Editor: Extra business rates relief measures announced by the chancellor this week, added to those in the Budget, should go far in helping the retail and leisure sector through the worst of the current coronavirus crisis .

  • Charter Court
    Insight

    M&A time for specialist lenders

    2020-03-13T00:00:00Z

    The recent CharterCourt and OneSavingsBank merger, and Foresight Group’s acquisition of Signature Private Finance, may be a sign of things to come in the specialist finance market.

  • Budget
    Online

    What can the property industry expect from this week’s Budget?

    2020-03-09T14:10:00Z

    In its 2019 election manifesto, the Conservative Party committed to a fundamental review of the business rates system. 

  • West end
    News

    West End set to remain a long-term choice for investors

    2020-03-06T00:00:00Z

    The 2016 EU referendum had a huge impact on investment coming into the UK. 

  • Finance generic
    Insight

    Firesales: alternative lenders should step in

    2020-03-04T14:05:00Z

    Editor: There were claims last week that Hammerson could be forced into a firesale after it reported slashing £800m from the value of its portfolio. Rival intu is also reported to be at risk if it fails to raise fresh equity to pay down its £4.7bn debt pile .

  • Impact investing
    Insight

    Impact investing: let’s get to work

    2020-02-27T00:00:00Z

    It is safe to say that social impact was not a priority for the financial industry when I established Patron Capital with my partners 20 years ago. 

  • Warehouse tech
    Markets

    The changing face of I&L

    2020-02-20T00:00:00Z

    The industrial sector has transformed itself over the past five years, and the most important driver is the change in consumer behaviour and consequent growth in online commerce. The old model of delivering goods is simply not fit for purpose anymore – and 10 years from now, the new model ...

  • WeWork
    Insight

    Tech must go direct to end user

    2020-02-14T00:00:00Z

    In the third quarter of last year, global venture investments into proptech reached $24.6bn, surpassing the most optimistic estimates for the year and putting the industry on track to comfortably exceed the $30bn full-year mark.

  • Guy Montague-Jones
    News

    Is Emerald Isle losing its lustre?

    2020-02-07T00:00:00Z

    When Green REIT put itself up for sale last April, a leading REIT chief executive told me, somewhat euphemistically, that it was “a sign”.

  • London finance generic
    Insight

    The latest twists in my sobriety

    2020-01-23T00:00:00Z

    So Brexit is oven ready , but what will it taste like? REITs rebounded 30% at the end of last year on the Conservatives’ election victory, twice the rise in the equity market. We issued our 2020 Outlook note memorandum ‘Re-selling the Dodo REITs’ and view the recent rebound in ...

  • Finance generic
    Online

    Real estate debt market will be full of opportunity in 2020

    2020-01-14T16:20:00Z

    I am positive about the year ahead in the real estate debt market, and not just because of the New Year ‘bounce’ of energy some of us experience in January (not to mention the ‘Boris bounce’).

  • Barcelona, Spain
    Insight

    Investors look beyond capitals

    2020-01-09T10:53:00Z

    Real estate investment activity in European non-capital cities has been a trend that has taken a few years to catch on in some countries. Turning the clock back to 2009, it was clear that capital cities were still the order of the day, with the likes of Paris, Berlin and ...

  • Rushmoor
    Insight

    PWLB rate rise risk to regeneration

    2019-12-12T00:00:00Z

    Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard a lot of bluster about housing targets and new homes revolutions, but simmering in the background is a policy change that threatens to derail the very regeneration and housing projects the politicians are trying to kickstart.

  • Auction sign
    Online

    Investors on parade: why more and more shops are going under the hammer

    2019-12-09T11:13:00Z

    On the face of it, parades of local shops in secondary locations might not seem attractive investments but they are becoming increasingly popular with buyers in the auction room.

  • Investing Money
    Insight

    P2P could be in for a bumpy ride

    2019-12-05T00:00:00Z

    With historically low interest rates, a decreased appetite by high street lenders to lend to SMEs following the financial crisis and an opportunity to use technology to gain an advantage over traditional processes, the rise of peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms has not been surprising.

  • Planning and dev
    Online

    What is the structures and buildings allowance and how is it applied?

    2019-12-02T12:20:00Z

    The government first introduced the structures and buildings allowance (SBA), a tax allowance for commercial property designed to stimulate investment on structures and buildings, in October 2018. 

  • WeWork
    Insight

    Feet of clay cannot keep walking

    2019-11-07T00:00:00Z

    REITs’ share prices rebounded 5% in a Brexit relief bounce as the receding risk of no deal drove up the value of sterling against the US dollar.

  • Finance generic
    Online

    Why institutional funders are increasingly attracted to non-bank lenders

    2019-10-25T10:09:00Z

    There is nothing new about non-bank lenders focusing on the real estate sector. They have been around for a while and the trend has been exacerbated by the ongoing inability and unwillingness of more traditional forms of finance to evolve.

  • David Parsley index
    Online

    Old school Ritblat set to gain favour over nouveau Candy in Capco battle

    2019-10-23T20:51:00Z

    There was a time when the Ritblat name meant a lot more than the name Candy in the property world. Clearly no longer.