Are Global Investors Running Out of Real Estate?

Global real estate investment transactions rose by 2.2% in Q3 2017 over the same quarter in 2016.1 The year-to-date (Q1-Q3) volume, at US$660 billion, is also up on 2016, by 2.8%. The market is transacting at a high level of activity, but the growth in volumes is not what it was. Between 2009 and 2015, the

Data, Computing & Connectivity

In our first instalment of “Digital Revolution of Industrial Real Estate” we discussed some of the Key Drivers of Industry 4.0 and what it means for investors. In this part, we’ll look at how data, computing and connectivity will improve operational efficiencies and cut down the time between production and delivery of end-products. Industrial Internet of Things

Strength Behind the Numbers

At $228 billion, the global value of commercial real estate investment transactions increased by 2.2% in Q3 2017

Open Source, the Crowd and a Frozen Squirrel

On a cold winter’s day back in 1982, my friend and I played a crude version of hockey in my driveway. For hockey sticks, we used broken branches. For a hockey puck, we used a dead, frozen squirrel that had been run over in the road behind my house about 10,000 times. It made for

Once the Dust Settles

The 19th National Congress of China occurs every five years and introduces the most important political decisions, such as leadership reshuffle and sets the tone for economic and monetary policy making in the second largest economy of the world. This week-long event concluded last month and we now turn our attention to how the decisions taken

(Digital) Industrial Revolution

The factories and warehouses of today are changing swiftly with rapid advances in tech reshaping the manufacturing and

Diversity Matters

Most mature markets in most mature economies seem to consolidate, sooner or later, into a small handful of large players who between them have the vast majority of market share. Think the Big Four accountancy firms; the dominance of Boeing and Airbus in the airliner market; the Big Three credit rating agencies (S&P, Moody’s and

London Offices are Riding the Global Cycle

Last week, CBRE Research reported that Q3 2017 take-up (gross absorption) in Central London was 3.4 million square feet. This is an increase of 3% on the previous quarter and 10% above the 10-year average. Also last week, Lloyd Blankfein, CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, tweeted: So, what’s going on with London office take-up?

A Bronx Nudge

“We feel the pull in the land of a thousand guilts”     Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” My father took me to my first R-rated movie, “The Jerk”, in 1979 when I was just 9-years-old. By today’s standards, the movie really didn’t have anything we’d consider R-rated. I don’t remember it having any nudity, violence

If Clicks Were Bricks

The mall is one of the most successful business models of all time, so its recent loss of traction in the marketplace has caused concern in the U.S. retail property sector. While the top 50 malls in the U.S. power ahead, many of those further down the hierarchy are finding it difficult to grow their