Latest real assets thinking
Space as a service: The rise of flexible working
20 Nov 2019
The rise of flexible working is a trend that has caught the headlines. We explain why the trend is here to stay, what it means for companies and how investors can adapt to the changing nature of the workplace.
Are ESG comparisons fair?
12 Nov 2019
Investors need to look past tick-box credentials to consider the real ESG impact of their infrastructure projects, says Ian Berry, head of infrastructure equity at Aviva Investors.
Connections and communities
28 Oct 2019
Today, a handful of urban centres are pulling away from their rivals – creating more innovation, more growth and more jobs. Those changes have deep implications; understanding them and what they mean for local communities takes joined-up thinking.
Quarterly update on drivers in real assets - Q3 2019
17 Oct 2019
In our regular update on drivers in real assets, we assess the impacts of a possible downturn in the euro zone. We touch on cash generation, the valuation outlook and the significance of security and ranking in the capital structure.
London: The ultimate city of the future
2 Oct 2019
The rise of the knowledge economy has energised cities which have reinvented themselves as global knowledge capitals, of which London is a prime example.
Private wants, public needs
4 Sep 2019
With society facing many urgent and complex challenges, deciding who is best-placed to deliver solutions has become an emotive and often political subject. We assess whether there is a better way to utilise the skills and resources of the public, private and third sectors for the greater good.
European high streets brace themselves for change
29 Aug 2019
Hardly a day goes by without at least one negative headline bemoaning the impact of disruption in retail markets on high streets and shopping centres. While this is true in the US and the UK, Chris Urwin examines whether European high streets will face a similar threat.
Re-imagining partnerships in infrastructure finance
1 Aug 2019
While the shape of the UK’s future relationship with its European neighbours is still unclear, the question of how to finance infrastructure fit for the 21st century is equally pressing, argues Darryl Murphy.
Quarterly update on drivers in real assets - Q2 2019
19 Jul 2019
In our regular update on drivers in real assets we assess how real assets could appreciate amid lower long-term rates, we look at how lower bond yields are likely to extend the real estate cycle in the UK, but note that lending at senior level has reduced interest rate sensitivity.
ESG and real assets: A matter of balance
11 Jul 2019
Assessing ESG risks within real asset investments is far from straightforward. Mark Versey and Stanley Kwong use five case studies to illustrate the balance of ESG risk factors that affects investment decision-making, beyond simply trying to be ‘green’.
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.
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.