Viewpoint

  • 31/10/2018

    Viewpoint – Double your money?

    It was only three years ago that we were concerning ourselves with the seemingly inexorable fall in oil prices, concerned that at some point it would impact the Islamic world’s ability to purchase properties. Well, since January 2016, oil prices have now doubled but has Shariah compliant real estate investment doubled as well? As oil […]

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  • 27/9/2018

    Viewpoint – Scream 2.0

    Reflecting on the recent IFN UK Islamic Finance Week, for which 90 North was very proud to be a sponsor, it occurred to me that we are seeing a fundamental shift in Islamic investors’ approach to real estate investment. Perhaps we should call it a new stage in Shariah compliant real estate asset management, or […]

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  • 24/8/2018

    Viewpoint – Halal hotels: Renewed interest

    While Islamic investment into hotels outside of the GCC is nothing new, the last three months or so have been particularly active, suggesting a softening perception among Shariah compliant investors of this sector. Here at 90 North, we made our first hotel acquisition at the beginning of 2016, being a Travelodge fairly close to London’s […]

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  • 11/7/2018

    Viewpoint – An ethical high street

    A comment piece in The Times newspaper recently caught my eye. It was written by Julian Richer, the owner of electrical retailer Richer Sounds in the UK, who had some interesting observations on the retail sector in the UK and how ethics have a bigger impact on retailer success than most people imagine. As investors, […]

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  • 5/7/2018

    Viewpoint – Commercial office outlook: the disruption dynamic

    Much has been made of the impact that big data, artificial intelligence and “the cloud” will have in disrupting traditional business models, but not of the seismic effect that it will have on the market for corporate real estate, writes Nick Judd, founder and head of investment at 90 North. It will, though, have a […]

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  • 30/5/2018

    Viewpoint – Summer slowdown?

    As we are now in the holy month of Ramadan and with the thermometer and thoughts of summer starting to rise in the Middle East, we would normally expect investor interest in Islamic real estate investments to have started waning by now, which is certainly what I have seen in previous years. However, we seem […]

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  • 25/4/2018

    Viewpoint – Swiss Shariah sunrise

    Spending a week skiing in Switzerland over the recent school holidays reminded me of what a beautiful country it is, particularly among the mountains and around the lakes. Not wanting to turn our trip into a busman’s holiday, I got to thinking of excuses to come back, perhaps with a spot of real estate investment. […]

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  • 28/3/2018

    Viewpoint – Return on empathy

    Reviewing my morning IFN Alerts, I was interested to read of Olive Investments’s launch of their Shariah compliant fund to invest in Australian medical properties. It is great to see more Islamic investment focus on Australia and in this case in the healthcare sector, one that Islamic investors have been drawn to frequently over the years. While […]

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  • 28/2/2018

    Viewpoint – Postcard from my travels

    I’ve just returned from two weeks of travel, meeting with both existing and prospective Islamic investors in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. With eight flights covering close to 16,500 miles, there was plenty of time to sleep, watch the latest films, but also catch up on my real estate reading. The recently released JLL […]

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  • 25/1/2018

    Viewpoint – Islamic Finance News – What’s the Alternative?

    Welcome to 2018! My year started by waking on 1st January in a beautiful and thankfully warm treehouse amongst the English countryside. As a colleague described it: “Philip is up a tree”, but it really was a fantastic experience with my family, and on reflection this set the tone for the year so far. One […]

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