Archive for January 2017

Tiny houses, the next big thing?

Hyung Joo Peter Ahn   While conventional wisdom has dictated that ‘bigger is better’ when it comes to the size of our dwellings, there is a small yet growing percentage of people dedicated to the complete opposite of this ideal. The tiny home movement, originally limited to isolated examples as artistic pieces or work-arounds for…

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Real Estate’s Tech Revolution

Bethany Jones   Decades behind Silicon Valley’s giants, real estate may at last be approaching a tipping point towards technological advancement. Global funding for real estate tech has dramatically increased in recent years, with the $222 million dollars of venture funding achieved in 2012 being reached in quarter 3 alone of 2016. Can real estate…

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The Rise Of Populism – from Trump to Le Pen?

Abhiraj Patel As the victory of Donald Trump sent shock waves through society, the rise of populism continues to shock and surprise our world. The next big political decision-making event will be in France, where Marine Le Pen and her National Front party are gaining prominence. Le Pen has between 25 and 26 per cent…

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Bitcoin: The Basics

Natalie Chaplin Despite being millennials, growing up in a climate of infinite technological advancements, a question many have uttered is what actually is Bitcoin? How has something which is essentially commodified data, become 12,000 times worth its initial value in the 7 years since its genesis. Formerly synonymous with the Silk Road and various other…

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The Trumpscare

By Patricija Petkeviciute On 20th January, the 45th US president was sworn in. Donald Trump’s healthcare agenda represents a complete turnaround from the previous eight years under the Obama administration. The new president has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and introduce new reforms in line with free-market principles. The Republicans support minimal…

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Dr Robot

By Pavit Bangur Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making great strides across all sectors in recent years. It has come a long way from simple text prediction to being able to make self-driving cars and beating the world’s best players at Go, theoretically one of the hardest games ever for a computer to master. Recently,…

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Real Estate & Foreign Investment

William Newby   In September 2016 JLL, Jones Lang LaSalle, released statistics from a survey taken on sentiment towards the UK real estate market by investors post the UK’s European Referendum. The survey, which was conducted amongst JLL’s global investor client base found encouraging results. Some 72% of the survey believed that investment opportunities had…

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Is Airbnb’s Holiday Over?

Hyung Joo Peter Ahn Airbnb was founded as Airbedandbreakfast.com in 2008 by two entrepreneurs who rented out their air mattress and provided a breakfast. Initially providing simple places to stay, the service has since expanded massively. Treehouses, castles and even private islands are now available for rent on the website. There is no doubt that…

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Living life on The Edge: office space’s green future

Bethany Jones  Demand for energy-efficient, low-carbon office space that pushes innovative boundaries has never been greater. Futuristic design has created masterpieces such as The Edge: a 40,000m2 ‘smart building’ located in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, primarily designed to assist “Big Four” tenant Deloitte’s transition into the digital age. The Edge has achieved the highest ever…

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Iran: Boeing’s Soaring Success or Next Nosedive?

Benjamin Foster The announcement that the agreement between Iran’s national carrier and Boeing Co. for a $16.6 billion expansion of the Iranian fleet has been all but reached, marking an important, if risky, milestone for both the pariah state’s economy and the long term future of one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers. The Deal…

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