The Association of Residential Letting Agents warns nearly 4m new dwellings will be needed in the next 15 years to fulfil demand. With the inadequacy of pension provision and increasing life expectancy, solutions such as retirement homes for rent, equity release schemes and Reits seem likely.
Collins Stewart is launching a closed-ended Eastern European property fund investing in Turkish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian property.The fund will aim for a target annual dividend of 7.5 per cent once fully invested, through investing in a range of office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the target countries. It aims to be fully invested […]
Almost two thirds of brokers expect house prices to rise this year, according to a survey by UCB Home Loans.The survey of nearly 1500 mortgage brokers conducted in January shows 31 per cent expect them to remain broadly the same as in 2005, and only four per cent think they will fall.According to the survey […]
A popular theme for many of the columns appearing in the trade press is trying to second-guess those areas of business which might be the subject of particular attention by the FSA in the coming months.
By Felix Wintle, Investment Director & Head of US Equities The most recent communication from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has put the market’s sights on September as the most likely month for the first rate rise. This is due to the stronger than expected economic data of late, particularly in employment and housing, which […]
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]