Viewpoint

  • 8/5/2019

    Viewpoint – Driving distribution assets

    Distribution warehouses have long been in favour by Islamic investors as a real estate investment, but competition to buy remains intense and as a result yields can be low, encouraging many to consider new countries to achieve the returns they desire. The most recent significant acquisition announcement was from Bahrain’s Investcorp, with a US$170 million […]

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  • 3/4/2019

    Viewpoint – Fund time

    While writing my real estate section for IFN Guide 2019 at the end of last year, I commented that: “It feels like we should be on the verge of successful fundraising for at least one major fund initiative where quality assets can be owned for the long term, and investors offered some form of liquidity […]

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  • 15/3/2019

    Viewpoint – Brexit pause

    The fear of writing about Brexit is that by the time it’s published, the situation has probably changed, but choosing not to delve into the pros and cons and certainly not the politics that is deeply entrenched in the whole debate, I’m probably on safer ground and will focus on “Just the facts, ma’am”. The […]

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  • 1/2/2019

    Viewpoint – Real estate: Recognizing global quality

    Shariah compliant real estate investment has long been an established product offering for Islamic investment managers. The allure of bricks and mortar remains, frequently with an attractive income component compared to equities or Sukuk. While tenant use of course needs to be monitored, the basics of real estate investment suit Shariah principles well, with a […]

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  • 10/1/2019

    Viewpoint – Aussie opportunities

    A recent visit to our current and pipeline properties in Australia accentuated to me what a great opportunity Australia offers Islamic real estate investors, with the extremes of forest fires in the north and flash flooding in Sydney to the south emphasising the vast scale of the country. The opportunity is largely driven by population […]

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  • 21/11/2018

    Viewpoint – Tartan pursuit

    Islamic investment into Scottish real estate is nothing new. Indeed, I made my first Shariah compliant investment north of the border more than 12 years ago. But recent evidence suggests that tartan is currently very much in favour among investors. Proving Islamic investors’ ability to judge each location on its merits, that first acquisition was […]

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  • 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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