Archive for February 2017

UK Housing Shortage

William Newby Britain has been plagued by a housing shortage in the last few years. Successive governments have proposed to build 250,000 homes a year but 1979-80 was the last year in which that target was achieved. Shadow Secretary of State for Housing John Healy stated, ‘after 7 years of failure and 1000 housing announcements,…

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Build to Rent

William Newby   Earlier this month, the government’s white paper to rectify the UK’s housing issue, and the associated build to rent consultation paper placed significant emphasis on the build to rent sector. The move marks a distinctive shift away from the Cameron era policy, focused on owner occupation. But has the government actually delivered…

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The Russian Bear Awakens

Matthew Evans Russia seems to be finally emerging from the severe two-year recession that began amid the collapsing oil price and Western sanctions imposed in 2014. According to Russia’s statistics service, GDP contracted by just 0.2% in 2016, lower than anticipated. Economists at Citi have added to the more upbeat mood, saying that the Russian…

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Kraft-Heinz/Unilever- A Close Shave

Fram Hansotia Kraft Heinz’s proposed £114bn bid for consumer products giant Unilever has fallen through under alleged pressure from the British Government, with conflicting reports about whether Unilever rejected the bid, or Kraft Heinz “amicably” withdrew it. It would have been the second largest deal in history, creating the world’s largest consumer goods company and…

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World Expo 2020: Dubai’s industrial dreams

Bethany Jones In 1851 the ‘Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations’ took place in London to mark 20 years of rapid Western technological and industrial advancement. Over 150 years later, this festival of industrial innovation continues through ‘World Expo 2020’, which was awarded to Dubai in 2013. During the World Expo,…

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Britain must build up

Hyung Joo Peter Ahn The lack of houses in the UK has become a chronic problem in the UK. The rate of home ownership has fallen, and younger people have found it increasingly difficult to get on the housing ladder. The lack of houses has had a direct social impact. Those who are wealthy enough…

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Sainsbury’s and Morrisons: A Supermarket Sweep?

Tullio Mancini After the death of Ken Morrison (1 February 2017), Merrill Lynch speculated on the potential merger between Morrisons and Sainsbury’s – a deal which could lead to a revolution in grocery delivery. Sainsbury would be merged with two key e-commerce platforms: Amazon and Ocado for whom Morrisons provides home delivery for. This could…

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Russia finally back on track

Jan Globisz On March 17th, Moody became the last of the “Big Three” credit rating agencies — alongside S&P and Fitch Ratings — to improve Russia’s short-term credit rating, upgrading it from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’, mentioning both a fiscal strategy — that is expected to lower the country’s dependence on energy and replenish its savings…

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A Retail Outlook for 2017 Real Estate Investment

Bethany Jones   CBRE has recently announced in its yearly review that UK retail property values fell by 5% in 2016, with a particularly subdued Quarter 3. The result of the EU referendum and the following devaluation of the pound, to a value 20% less than the same time a year ago, is a likely…

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Has China traded exports for inequality?

Natalie Chaplin Chinese trade is on the rise once more! After 2015 produced the lowest economic output rate the country has seen in 25 years, The Economist reported that China, along with many other Asian economies, such as South Korea, have seen a spike in their export growth. Simultaneously Chinese inequality has hit the news…

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