Russia: (Even) lower inflation, lower interest rates

--- By ---

The Bank of Russia (CBR) has just announced the Board decision to cut its key rate by 25bp, from 7.75% to 7.50%. The move was broadly anticipated, although following the January inflation print, some market analysts had called for a 50bp rate cut. Inflation dropped to a new historical low of 2.2% YoY in January […]

CONTINUE READING

Workplace powered by Human Experience

--- By ---

Office environments are changing – the way they look and how they are managed. Many organisations have long understood and appreciated the power of workplace in driving productivity, employee loyalty, and brand value. Workplace has become a critical component of what an organisation can offer to its current and prospective employees, shaping attitudes to work […]

CONTINUE READING

Bitcoin and the blockchain: the inevitable proptech revolution

--- By ---

  Knowledge of the blockchain was once restricted to a select few members of IT crowd. Whilst the technicalities of the blockchain still remain a mystery to many, there is growing awareness of its implications. Industries of all types, from financial services to manufacturers, from retailers to healthcare, are waking up to its disruption potential. […]

CONTINUE READING

How law firms can successfully integrate real estate into the M&A process

--- By ---

Despite the overwhelming business uncertainty created by recent political events, UK law firms reported increasing UK income in 2016 (PwC, 2016). In the new reality of evolving customer demands, rapid technological change, and disruptive business models, law firms are looking to strengthen their positions in the market, broaden expertise, improve client offerings, and increase geographical […]

CONTINUE READING

Curbing Foreign Investment: A Worldwide Trend

--- By ---

The Canadian Province of British Columbia has become the latest legislator to attempt to curb inflows of foreign capital into its domestic residential markets. Last week, the B.C Province government took steps to ease pressures in Vancouver’s metropolitan real estate market with the introduction of a 15% stamp duty surcharge for foreign nationals. The popularity […]

CONTINUE READING

Offshore wind power: will auctions in the Netherlands give the UK some Dutch courage?

--- By ---

The announcement that Dong Energy has won the rights to develop the Borselle 1 & 2 offshore wind projects in the Netherlands did not come as a surprise to many observers: the Danish utility is the undisputed world leader in offshore wind development. However, the price at which it did so, €72.70 per megawatt-hour, was […]

CONTINUE READING

Europe: the rise of the secondary city

--- By ---

International investors have long coveted exposure to Europe’s largest property markets such as London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.  Yet, there are numerous barriers to entry that mean gaining access to these markets is difficult and there are relatively limited opportunities compared with the high levels of interest. Furthermore, following extended periods of rapid capital value growth, […]

CONTINUE READING

The real cost of too much efficiency

--- By ---

Most people would agree that more efficiency is a good thing. In the workplace more efficiency, or workplace optimisation in Corporate Real Estate (CRE) speak, means cost savings for businesses. Making more efficient use of existing offices through co-working or hot desking, for example, can reduce the need for floorspace and thereby property costs. Incorporating […]

CONTINUE READING