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Best wishes for 2015 from the Global Fund Media team

Mon, 22/12/2014 - 06:30

The Global Fund Media newsletter team is taking its customary year-end break, and will resume business as usual on Monday 5 January. »

House

Harewood Associates backs Help-to-Buy scheme

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 14:03

A property investment company in Greater Manchester has praised the government’s Help-to-Buy scheme after recent figures revealed how it is providing a stimulus for house building and economic recovery in the UK. »

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Unlisted UK real estate fund returns jump to 4.9 per cent in Q2 2014

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 12:06

Unlisted real estate funds returned 4.9 per cent in the three months to June 2014, accelerating from the 2.9 per cent achieved in the first quarter of the year as the UK market continues to strengthen. »

Union Jack Pound

London new build property market sales top GBP1.2bn YTD

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 11:51

There have been GBP1.2bn worth of sales in the “new build” market in London already this year, according to LCP. »

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UK commercial property sees strongest growth of 2013-14 recovery

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:09

Commercial property values in the UK rose by 1.6 per cent in June, a further increase on the 1.1 per cent growth seen in May, marking the highest monthly increase of 2014 to date and the strongest monthly increase since the recovery began in May 2013. »

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India's budget shows positive signs

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 18:20

Following the announcment of the first budget under India's new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Craig Botham, Emerging Market Economist for Schroders, comments on its implications for India's economy and markets… »

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Alternative assets continue their inexorable rise, says Towers Watson survey

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 16:00

Total assets managed by the Top 100 alternative investment managers globally reached USD3.3 trillion in 2013, up from USD3.1 trillion in 2012, according to research by Towers Watson. »

Real estate fund

SGSS secures Swiss Life real estate fund mandate

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 06:06

Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) in Luxembourg is to provide custody, fund administration and record-keeping services for a new real estate fund from Swiss Life Asset Managers. »

Union Jack Pound

Mayfair Capital’s PITCH fund makes GBP22.6m of acquisitions

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 16:03

Mayfair Capital Investment Management’s flagship fund, the Property Income Trust for Charities (PITCH), has completed GBP22.6 million of acquisitions. »

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BoE no-change decision is no surprise

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:50

Ben Brettel, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdon, comments on The Bank of England’s decision to hold the base rate at 0.5% for the 65th month in a row… »

House and money

Uncertain investment environment boosts property fund sales, says Skandia

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:34

Quarter two net sales data from the Skandia Investment Solutions platform reinforces the market wide spike in property fund sales, suggesting investors are unsure about some asset classes and are looking elsewhere to balance their portfolios. »

Euros

Aberdeen’s European secondaries property fund of funds oversubscribed at EUR300m

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 10:10

Aberdeen Asset Management has completed the fundraising for the Aberdeen European Secondaries Property Fund of Funds. »

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NCP holds final close of Northlight Real Estate Opportunity Fund I

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 12:08

Northlight Capital Partners (NCP), a real estate debt and equity investment manager, has completed its second and final close of Northlight Real Estate Opportunity Fund I, with total commitments of USD104.5 million. »

Degree

USAF NAV up 1.6 per cent in Q2

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 06:11

The estimated net asset value (NAV) of the Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF) was GBP866.9 million (GBP0.999 per unit) as at 30 June 2014. »

Up arrow

Central London office take-up increases 17 per cent year-on-year, says DTZ

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 16:04

Central London office take up in the first half of 2014 saw a 17 per cent uplift over the same period in 2013, according to the latest update from DTZ. »

Closed sign

Carmel Partners holds final close for Fund V at USD1.025bn

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 11:51

Carmel Partners has held a final close of its fifth US multifamily value creation fund, Carmel Partners Investment Fund V, at its hard cap of USD1.025 billion. »

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First half of 2014 ‘smooth sailing’ for US equity REITs, says Fitch

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 11:32

The first six months of 2014 have been smooth sailing for US equity REITs, with little change likely for the second half of the year, according to Fitch Ratings’ REIT Report Quarterly for Q2 2014. »

Mutual funds

Mutual funds are top choice for accessing alt strategies, says survey

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 10:03

Mutual funds continue to grow as the vehicle of choice for accessing alternative strategies, according to the eighth annual alternative investment survey by Morningstar and Barron’s. »

London

PCL weekly rents per square foot rise fastest in Marylebone, says LCP

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:15

Landlords in Prime Central London (PCL) have reason to be positive this year, reports London Central Portfolio (LCP), as weekly rents have finally nudged up by four per cent overall to reach an average of GBP1.05 per square foot. »

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UK's financial services trade surplus is world’s biggest, says TheCityUK

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 16:12

The UK's trade surplus in financial services is the biggest in the world, more than two and a half times bigger than the next largest surplus recorded by the US, according to figures from TheCityUK. »

London Stock Exchange

Urban Exposure plans GBP500m LSE listing

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 06:27

Urban Exposure Real Estate is planning to launch an initial public offering (IPO) of ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange at an issue price of GBP10 per share. »

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UK property values continue to rise as yields fall further

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 15:05

The upward trend in UK property values was maintained in May with prime yields falling 6bp to 5.14 per cent and secondary yields down 29bp to an average of 8.13 per cent, according to figures released by Cushman & Wakefield. »

Shopping bags

UK shopping centre investment volumes reach GBP2.73bn in H1

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 14:31

UK shopping centre investment transaction volumes reached close to GBP2.73bn during the first half of 2014, substantially in excess of H1 2013 at GBP2.23bn, according to DTZ. »

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Europe set to attract greater real estate capital flows, says LaSalle

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 10:03

Global investors are increasing their allocations to European real estate, with growing interest in some of the markets most affected by the financial crisis. »

For sale

RBS brings GBP90m Silverbird portfolio to market

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 06:07

RBS Real Estate Asset Management is bringing a portfolio of 26 UK regional commercial property assets to the market seeking offers over GBP87.65 million, representing a net initial yield of around 9.75 per cent. »

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HB Reavis begins demolition at 33 King William Street in London

Fri, 27/06/2014 - 16:03

HB Reavis has begun demolition works at 33 King William Street, its first development in the UK. »

London

Prime Central London property sales over GBP1m rise to 40 per cent of all transactions

Fri, 27/06/2014 - 10:06

The number of property sales over GBP1 million in Prime Central London (PCL) has increased to 40 per cent of all transactions, rising from just 25 per cent in 2008, according to asset manager London Central Portfolio (LCP). »

House and money

Four in 10 Brits believe property is the best investment

Fri, 27/06/2014 - 06:09

Some 40 per cent of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, according to a survey commissioned by spreadbetting and CFD provider InterTrader. »

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IPD Indicators reveal positive news for European real estate investors

Thu, 26/06/2014 - 10:01

National markets within Europe on aggregate are recording positive capital growth for the first time since the middle of 2012, according to the results from IPD's Pan-European Quarterly Transaction Indicators for Q1 2014. »

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LGP identifies local UK markets set for long-term outperformance

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 16:04

London, Aberdeen, Manchester and Edinburgh are the areas of the UK that are most likely to outperform in terms of local demand dynamics over the long-term and thus support office value growth, according to a report by Legal & General Property. »

features
Article

Fund managers and investors are in a tug-of-war over the issue of transparency. Once content with a performance update, basic valuation and general market commentary, Limited Partners (LPs) are now digging deeper, asking more questions and requiring more information from General Partners (GPs) than ever before. ... »

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How to Access Europe using third party AIFMs

Read how managers seeking to distribute in Europe can appoint a third party AIFM (or ManCo), and the fund distribution benefits this can bring, both for new fund launches and redomiciled funds... »

Comment
Richard Hoey, BNY Mellon

Global gross domestic product (GDP) growth should accelerate somewhat in 2015 and 2016 from the pace of the last three years because of much lower oil prices, the avoidance of special drags on the world economy, and continuing easy monetary policies from global central banks, according to  BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard Hoey. Hoey (pictured) made the comments in his February outlook.  ... »

Article
Christiopher Elvin, Preqin

55% of private equity firms surveyed by Preqin at the end of 2014 stated they would deploy greater levels of capital in 2015, although 39% suggested it is more difficult to find attractive investments. Preqin’s Christopher Elvin comments: ... »

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