SOLD OUT: Argentina’s 100-year bonds. ¿Qué?
It says something about the state of the world we live in when something crazy happens and our collective reaction amounts to no more than a shoulder shrug or a slightly raised eyebrow. Last week, the government of Argentina - that lovely South American nation which gave us Eva “Don’t Cry For Me” Peron, football legends like Maradona and Messi, and five sovereign defaults in the past century - sold $2.75bn of 100-year government bonds[...]
Could Crowdfunding Solve the UK’s Housing Problem?
By their very nature, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are not exactly the most exciting sector for investors. They are typically companies set up to hold mature, income-producing assets with a view to delivering a stable source of yield and potential capital gains over time. It’s not heart-thumping stuff, the share price[...]
Real Estate: The Open Secret to Wealth Creation (and how Crowdfunding is increasing access)
There’s a saying in Asia that all great fortunes are built on real estate, and when you look at the Forbes’ list of Asia’s richest families, it’s not hard to see how that has come about. In my personal opinion, real estate investment is one of the best way to grow one’s wealth, and this is a view based on personal experience and anecdotes from close friends of ours. Before we quit our jobs to pursue our own entrepreneurial[...]
How to Become a Real ISA Millionaire
The Telegraph published a classic ‘clickbait’ article two weeks ago with the headline “Record number of savers become ISA millionaires”. The writer reported that the number of savers with £1m or more in their ISA had "exploded" in recent months; Hargreaves Lansdowne, the UK's biggest stockbroker, reported the number of such accounts under its administration had risen from 26 to 91 over the past year, while Barclays reported a[...]
Real Estate Crowdfunding vs. REITs
When we speak to people about our platform Property Crowd, and real estate crowdfunding in general, one of the most common queries is “so how is that different from a REIT?” Good question. But let’s take a step back. As we highlighted in a previous article, those wishing to invest in real estate have typically faced a binary choice: the do-it-yourself direct route or the hands-off option of a managed REIT. While directly[...]
China – Consumerism, Controls and Crowdfunding
For the longest time, and as far as I can remember, I have been an unrepentant China bear. But a recent business trip to Shenzhen, rubbing elbows with VC/PE fund managers, tech entrepreneurs and policymakers, had me wondering if perhaps I was wrong all along. The trip, to me, was an eye opener for more reasons than one. Thanks to friends and family (and friends of the family), my wife and I were given a glimpse into a side of China that[...]
How PropTech is Changing Real Estate, and Why the Status Quo Won’t Do
A colleague of mine once joked that the fastest way to reduce your portfolio’s real estate exposure was to buy open-end real estate funds. And while the comment was admittedly a little tongue-in-cheek, therein perhaps lies a sliver of truth. A recent FT article noted how five of the UK’s[...]
Question: What Has Grown by c.30% Over the Past Year and is Completely Tax-Free?
Answer: Your personal ISA allowance. Since the start of the new UK tax year two weeks ago, our ISA allowances have risen to £20,000 (from £15,240 previously). This means investors will now be able to set aside even more money each year in their tax-free ISA accounts, which broadly fall into three categories - Cash, Stocks & Shares, and the new Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). The IFISA was introduced last year, extending the same[...]
Using P2P / Crowdfunding to Kickstart Economic Growth
One of the key criticisms of how governments and central bankers around the world have responded to the 2008 financial crisis is that while their policy interventions have restored short-term stability, they have also exacerbated imbalances and inequalities, widening the gap between those who have and those who have not. Monetary stimulus has driven benchmark rates/yields towards the zero bound and directly (or some would say[...]
Why IFAs and Wealth Managers Should Start Taking Real Estate Crowdfunding Seriously
For those of us who use an independent financial adviser (IFA) or discretionary wealth manager, you have likely never heard them mention P2P lending, Crowdfunding, or Alternative Finance as one of the investment options for your portfolio. This may appear unusual, considering how much coverage the industry has received in the media, especially since the launch of the Innovative Finance ISA last year. In fact, one might argue that the[...]