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Institutional Investment Appetite for UK Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Remains Robust

A recent article in the Financial Times reveals that international institutional investors are continuing to snap up blocks of UK purpose-built student accommodation, despite possible Post-Brexit curbs on foreign undergraduate numbers

The property arm of Singapore's state investment fund recently purchased a portfolio of 5,500 bedrooms spread across 25 locations for £417m, outbidding other institutional investors from the United[...]


2016 UK Commercial Property Data Report

A recent publication by the Property Industry Alliance highlights some of the key facts and trends in UK institutional grade commercial property investment:

  • The value of all UK commercial real property stock reached an all-time high of £871 billion in 2015, which equates to 10% of the UK’s net wealth.
  • The commercial property industry contributed £68 billion to the UK economy in 2015, which equates to 4.1% of the total UK[...]

China Hot on London’s Heels in Global Fintech Battle

The UK stands poised to lose its coveted reputation as the world’s leading fintech centre as the number of new innovative companies in China continues to accelerate, according to a new report.

The annual Fintech 100 report by KPMG and investment company H2 Ventures shows that four of the top five global giants in fintech innovation in fintech now come from China.

Topping the list is Hangzhou-based Ant Financial, an online[...]


Institutional Investors Around the Globe Increase Target Real Estate Allocation

Real estate has always been an important asset class for institutional investors looking to diversify their portfolios of stocks and bonds with alternative investments.

Institutional investors around the world have increased their target real estate allocations to almost 10%, shrugging off concerns about slowing returns and diminishing opportunities, a recent survey has found.

The average target allocation for real estate now[...]


Paradigm Shift: Property Crowdfunding Expected to Replace Buy-to-Let

With interest rates likely to remain low for the foreseeable future and no sign of the Treasury reversing its assault on the nation's small army of buy-to-let landlords, the stage seems set for a paradigm shift in how UK investors in search of high-yield property investments will go about go investing in property.

Harsher tax rules will discourage property investors from enduring all of the various hassles and headaches associated with[...]


Real Estate Finally Gets Its Own Dedicated Index as Part of the S&P 500

Real estate stocks are finally getting their own dedicated index within the S&P 500, and investors worldwide are taking notice.

In the short term, the move only affects REITs, but the broader implications for real estate as an asset class are clear.

Portfolios that track the broader S&P index will have to be re-weighted to take into account the establishment of the new sector index.

In advance of the move that took place at the end of[...]

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