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When equity becomes debt: The untapped potential of amortising-lease real estate
9 Oct 2020
Pension schemes seeking alternatives to bonds may find amortising leases a compelling option, writes Luke Layfield.
Five charts that show Manchester is a city of the future
20 Aug 2020
In this short, visual article we present five charts that show why Manchester is such a rich, vibrant and economically prosperous city. Our view is that the ingredients of connectivity, culture, talent, scale and scientific heritage make the city well-equipped to thrive in the coming years and decades.
How to build back better, greener and faster: A 10-point plan for UK infrastructure
14 Jul 2020
Boris Johnson has called for an ‘infrastructure revolution’ to help lift the UK economy out of its coronavirus-induced malaise. Private capital could and should play a large role alongside the public purse in delivering on that ambition, as Darryl Murphy sets out in a blueprint for the industry.
COVID-19: Is there still a premium for illiquidity?
27 May 2020
One of the immediate consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a marked reduction in investors’ risk appetite. But will their appetite for the illiquidity premium in private markets also disappear? Laurence Monnier explores.
'Mastering the real estate cycle'
17 Apr 2020
The cyclicality of real estate creates opportunities for well-informed investors. However, determining where a market is in the cycle can be difficult, so we have developed a tool that can help investors overcome this challenge.
RPI may be flawed, but changes shouldn’t cost pensioners and investors
16 Mar 2020
With the start of the consultation for proposed changes to the measurement of inflation in the UK, we look at the likely impact to asset classes, the assets most affected, and the key issues investors should be aware of.
Cities of the future
12 Dec 2019
Successful urban areas need to combine talent, clusters and scale. Gregor Bamert, Head of Real Estate Debt, discusses the ‘cities of the future’ and what investors should be on the lookout for to future-proof real asset portfolios.
Rates, retail and polarisation: three themes for UK and European real estate
1 Jul 2019
Jonathan Bayfield and Vivienne Bolla discuss the outlook for UK and European real estate.
BP vote demonstrates power of engagement
28 Jun 2019
As climate change rises up the political agenda throughout the West and beyond, shareholders have an important role to play in limiting global fossil fuel consumption by pressuring oil companies to amend their strategies, argues Sora Utzinger.
Talent, clusters and scale: Identifying European office markets in the era of knowledge capitalism
26 Jun 2019
The role of a city is vastly different to fifty years ago. Chris Urwin, Director of Research – Real Assets, and Vivienne Bolla, Research Analyst – Real Assets explain why talent, clusters and scale are key factors in determining which cities – and therefore European office markets – will thrive in the years ahead.
'Fairtrade for finance' should be a badge of honour - not a rubber stamp
21 Jun 2019
A Fairtrade-style kitemark for responsible investment is in the pipeline. Properly implemented, the initiative should improve industry standards on ESG, writes Steve Waygood.
Modern Monetary Theory: Could it go mainstream?
12 Jun 2019
An obscure and heterodox branch of economic theory is quickly gaining support from prominent politicians in the US and beyond, which could have big implications for policymaking, argues David Nowakowski.
ESG focus: Sustainability under Brazil’s strongman
7 Jun 2019
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro may threaten to roll back important environmental policies protecting the Amazon, but companies – and investors – don’t have to follow suit.
ESG gets physical: The role of real assets in creating a sustainable future
4 Jun 2019
Physical assets, particularly infrastructure and real estate, have a critical role to play in facilitating the transition towards a more sustainable economy and a greener world. As ultimate asset owners, investors are deeply engaged in the issues, and incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations is a fundamental part of an asset manager’s duty to their clients.
Self-sufficiency for pension schemes: Keep on running?
28 May 2019
Boris Mikhailov and Matthew Graham look at the benefits and risks for pension schemes targeting self-sufficiency.
The future of insurance
17 May 2019
The insurance industry has evolved rapidly since the financial crisis. The next decade is shaping up to be every bit as transformative as firms grapple with a host of factors, most notably the unfolding regulatory framework, digital disruption and climate change.