US Commercial Property vs other asset classes. Investable?


With the world still coming to terms with a major reformulation of the political order in Europe, and preparing for what promise to be unpredictable electoral contests in Germany and the US – investors currently face an uncertain world. Increasingly frequent terror attacks in Europe and elsewhere are fueling a… Read More »

Brexit: Implications for real estate


Downward revision of UK economic growth expectations Markets are trying to digest the political and economic ramifications of the surprise result of the UK referendum on EU membership. The vote to leave was arguably one of the UK’s most important political decisions of the past 60 years, and will have… Read More »

Islamic Finance Could Aid Modestly In Achieving Sustainable Development Goals


In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted its 2030 agenda for sustainable development, comprising 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 measurable targets centered on five pillars: people, planet, prosperity peace, and partnership. The UN has stressed that striving for sustainable development will require a revitalized global partnership between… Read More »

European real estate, a safe haven for some time yet


Berlin is at the top of the10 favoured cities for investment in 2016. London and Paris are outside, while Zurich is in 24th position from the Number 25 of the last year. All details in the PwC and Uli’s research Berlin at number 1, followed by Hamburg, Dublin, Madrid and… Read More »

Future of Banking in Iran Discussed at Euro Finance Week


“Despite oil prices remaining low next year, Iran’s economic growth will continue” said Vali Zarabiyeh, The chairman of the Board of Directors of Iran’s Saman Bank at Euro Finance Week. The chairman of the Board of Directors of Iran’s Saman Bank has expounded on the business climate in the country… Read More »

Getting a Mortgage is Harder Than Ever


There’s an important debate bubbling among investors and policy-makers: have residential mortgage lending standards tightened too much for too long in the post-crisis period? There’s general agreement that lending standards are tighter than the “housing bubble period” (2005-2007), but some continue to argue that credit availability is “normal” and similar… Read More »

Lifting Sanctions Augurs Well For Iran’s Economy And The Growth Of Islamic Finance

Mohamed Damak, Benjamin J Young, Bida Blume -

The agreement Iran has reached regarding its nuclear program could bring about its eventual economic rebound, and boost Islamic finance in particular, in Standard & Poor’s view. Iran agreed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) with the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. plus Germany) in… Read More »