Residential Property Review – July 2021

Building Safety Bill published Claiming “the biggest changes to building safety in nearly 40 years“, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said that the Building Safety Bill will set out a clear pathway for the future as to how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. The Bill was published on 5 July to set out new … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – July 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – July 2021

Moratorium on commercial evictions extended The government has announced an extension to the moratorium on commercial eviction due to rent arrears until 25 March 2022. The scheme has been extended to give hospitality businesses and nightclubs, which have operated under restrictions for the entirety of the pandemic, and which came under increasing pressure when the … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – July 2021”

Is IHT change on the cards?

It’s been three years since then-Chancellor Philip Hammond asked the Office of Tax Simplification to look into potential amendments to the Inheritance Tax (IHT) regime1. Since then, no changes have been made to the tax incurred when wealth passes onto the next generation; could Rishi Sunak be the one to take up the mantle once … Continue reading “Is IHT change on the cards?”

Global Market Review – June 2021

  Global Market Review Growth and inflation are on the rise Prospects for inflation and interest rates continued to garner headlines during June as investors digested news of rising prices alongside a more hawkish tone from the US Federal Reserve (Fed). Share prices were knocked by speculation that gathering inflationary pressures could encourage central banks … Continue reading “Global Market Review – June 2021”

Economic Review June 2021

MPC maintains monetary stance Following its latest meeting held on 22 June, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) judged that the existing monetary stance remains appropriate, despite inflation rising above the Bank of England’s target level. Data released last month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate – … Continue reading “Economic Review June 2021”

Residential Property Review – June 2021

Renting less expensive than buying a property Research from estate agency Hamptons, suggests that renters are better off than buyers for the first time in five years. The study found that, just prior to the pandemic in March 2020, the average buyer with a 10% deposit was better off than renters by £102 per month. … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – June 2021”

Are you missing opportunities for your money?

Brits are better at saving than they think, but most are only one step away from using a savings jar or keeping money under the mattress. Despite the popular image of a debt-ridden society of spendthrifts, around 8 in 10 people are adding to their savings every month, even if by just a little. Meanwhile … Continue reading “Are you missing opportunities for your money?”

Commercial Property Market Review – June 2021

Shopping centres on the brink In another blow to the ailing retail sector, research from Local Data Company (LDC) has revealed that potentially 70 of Britain’s 700 shopping centres are in line for demolition. In a sector already negatively impacted by the rise in online retail, rising costs and changing habits, the fact that most … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – June 2021”

Looking back at the markets through May 2021

A selection of articles looking back through the markets last month.   Global Market Review Markets gripped by inflation fears Although global equity markets generally ended May in positive territory, investor sentiment during the month was affected by growing concerns that mounting inflationary pressures could lead to higher interest rates. “The shadow of Covid-19 is … Continue reading “Looking back at the markets through May 2021”

Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness

The inclusion of ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues within mainstream investment strategies has been gaining in prominence during the pandemic, according to new research – and it’s a trend that’s set to continue. The global rise of ESG – a megatrend here to stay ESG investment has been increasingly catching the interest of investors … Continue reading “Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness”