Viewpoint

  • 19/1/2022

    Viewpoint – Real estate: Go lower or embrace risk

    Shariah compliant real estate investment has long been an established product offering for Islamic investment managers. Now more than ever, the allure of bricks and mortar runs deep, with investors seeking an attractive income component ahead of what can be achieved with other investments. Real estate suits Shariah compliant investing well with a genuine business […]

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  • 9/12/2021

    Viewpoint – It pays to do good

    The shared values of environmental, social and governance investing and Shariah screening have long been recognized, but now research from Knight Frank provides evidence that doing more than the minimum is both ethically and financially beneficial. Knight Frank took a sample of 1,500 green-rated and unrated London office sales over the last decade. Its modelling […]

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  • 23/11/2021

    Viewpoint – The REIT Stuff

    It has been four years since I last wrote about Islamic REITs, so it is long overdue a revisit, particularly with the level of activity in recent months. Saudi Arabia continues to dominate the headlines. Now five years since its REIT legislation was passed, there seems to be no let-up in activity, including Jadwa REIT […]

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  • 25/10/2021

    Viewpoint – All Graphs Going Up?

    Recent research published by Moody’s Investors Service makes for encouraging reading for any Islamic asset manager, but what are the consequences of all this positivity? Moody’s surveyed the chief investment officers of leading asset managers in the GCC, asking for their expectations over the next 12 months. Even after discounting for some talking-up of their […]

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  • 22/9/2021

    Viewpoint – US bounce-back bulls

    While there is no doubt that the US economy is bouncing back strongly, I caught up on two pieces of research this week which shared similar conclusions with respect to which cities are in full bullish recovery mode, and which may be lagging somewhat behind. The US is great for data, with CBRE amazingly (at […]

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  • 26/7/2021

    Viewpoint – Making an ESG impact

    UBS recently reported on the key findings from its Alternative Investments Conference’s panel discussion on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are positively changing real estate investment decisions. Under a report titled ‘How do real assets contribute to tomorrow’s world?’, UBS shared its key conclusions that there was clear investor appetite for sustainable real […]

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  • 12/5/2021

    Viewpoint – Buying offices with NEDS

    Just as 90 North, along with innumerable other companies, start making plans to return to the office, talk of the death of the sector has been rather overplayed. Large multinationals grab the headlines with their plans for remote working, and perhaps I’d be doing the same if I had their rent bill! But, as far […]

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  • 10/2/2021

    Viewpoint – Revisiting 2021

    In my eight years as the IFN Real Estate Correspondent, I have never felt the need to revisit my IFN Annual Guide — Real Estate chapter so early in the new year to confirm whether my predictions were still on track. But with January having passed by in a flash and with COVID-19 on the […]

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  • 6/1/2021

    Viewpoint – Real estate: An enduring appeal

    Shariah compliant real estate investment has long been an established product offering for Islamic investment managers. Perhaps now more than ever, the allure of bricks and mortar remains, as investors seek an attractive income component ahead of what can be achieved with other investments. Real estate suits Shariah compliant investing well with a genuine business […]

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  • 16/12/2020

    Viewpoint – Sustainable legacy

    I recently caught up with UBS’s Global Family Office Report 2020 which provided some fascinating conclusions with respect to how the world’s largest family offices responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and their future investment plans, particularly as they relate to both real estate and sustainable investing. Undertaken during the second quarter of 2020, UBS’s survey […]

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