Commercial Property Market Review – May 2022

Return to the office According to a recent business update, London’s office-leasing market is kicking back into life after its pandemic-induced slumber, with modern and energy-efficient space most in demand. Companies are willing to pay higher rents for leases than they were a year earlier, according to Derwent London, a FTSE 250 office landlord. The … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – May 2022”

Commercial Property Market Review – April 2022

Industrial space in high demand in Q1 Elevated occupier demand has driven strong UK industrials and logistics take-up in Q1 2022, according to the latest research. The take-up of 10.43 million sq. ft in the first quarter is double the total in the same period last year, CBRE noted. Q1 2022 saw take-up more than … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – April 2022”

Commercial Property Market Review – March 2022

Prime space snapped up by legal firms More than one million sq. ft of Grade A office space was taken up by the legal sector in 2021, highlighting the importance of the ‘best’ space in the post-pandemic landscape. London’s resilient legal sector has enjoyed strong revenue and increased headcount over the last year, which has … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – March 2022”

Commercial Property Market Review – February 2022

Upbeat mood for regional office activity The regional office investment market remains upbeat, according to the latest quarterly update from Avison Young, after office demand across the ‘Big Nine’ returned to ‘normal’ activity in H2 2021. A strong second half brought the year’s total take-up across the Big Nine cities to 8.1 million sq. ft, … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – February 2022”

Commercial Property Market Review – January 2022

Upbeat tone in new year forecasts 2022 could be a year of recovery for the commercial property market, two leading forecasts have suggested, with Colliers’ ‘Forecasts for 2022’ predicting investment volumes will reach £65bn and CBRE’s ‘UK Real Estate Outlook’ also foreseeing strong growth despite lingering risks. According to CBRE, the office market is predicted … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – January 2022”

Commercial Property Market Review – December 2021

Strong performance from retail parks Retail parks remain the shining light of the retail industry, with their yields across Europe now at parity with shopping centre yields, according to Savills’ data. So far in 2021, more than €5.1bn has been invested in retail parks across nine European countries. Investment was up 46% year-on-year in the … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – December 2021”

Inflation: not so transitory after all

Inflationary pressures are real and are looking increasingly persistent rather than transitory. Investors need to be wary of the assumption that all equities can weather an inflation storm. Inflation is now over 5% in the UK. This is considerably ahead of the Bank of England’s targets and also ahead of its expectations. To date, stock … Continue reading “Inflation: not so transitory after all”

Targeting Pricing Power

UK Inflation has jumped to a decade high, hitting 4.2% in October. These prices rises have been widely predicted by, among others, the Bank of England and the Office for Budget Responsibility. This is uncomfortable for consumers, who are facing vastly increased costs on everything from car hire (up 30%) to air fares (up 28%) … Continue reading “Targeting Pricing Power”

Three reasons why stock markets can power onwards

A lengthy bull market is always nerve-wracking. Investors start to fret on valuations, on earnings, on the strength of economic growth. As valuations creep higher, but economic growth remains strong, we look at the bull and bear case for equities today. First, we examine three reasons why investors could be cheerful about the prospects for … Continue reading “Three reasons why stock markets can power onwards”

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?”