Viewpoint

  • 12/3/2020

    Viewpoint – ESG in our DNA

    I am delighted with the seemingly exponential growth of environmental and social responsibility consciousness over the last year, as well as the less reported but equally important area of responsible governance. What a healthy contrast to the ‘greed is good’ attitude of the 1980s. But such environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are already in […]

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  • 7/2/2020

    Real estate – crossing more borders

    While of course in its simplest form, Shariah compliant real estate investment has existed for an eternity, with individuals buying properties themselves – most likely on an all-cash basis – and choosing to manage them appropriately, it is the involvement of international investment managers that is our focus here. As Islamic Finance News launched towards […]

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  • 5/2/2020

    Viewpoint – Brexit Boris Boost

    After four years of living and breathing the Brexit will we/won’t we debate, as you read this the UK will be out of the EU. What surprised me after so much strong feeling (to put it mildly) on both sides of the discussion over the years is that it’s all gone quiet. Quite literally in […]

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  • 4/12/2019

    Viewpoint – Lower for longer

    It is the time of the year when many in the Islamic finance world are determining their strategic goals and investment plans for the next 12 months. However, we all recognise that as Shariah compliant investors, we are not alone and are competing for the tastiest investment opportunities with the wider investor community. And so, […]

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  • 23/10/2019

    Viewpoint – Start-up star cities

    Prompted by a colleague in our Chicago office, I’ve just read a fascinating piece of research identifying the top 10 rising cities for start-ups in the US. With a continued investor fascination in finding the next big thing, this analysis provided some pointers on where we should be looking. The premise for the research was […]

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  • 11/9/2019

    Viewpoint – How was your summer?

    Well, the kids are back to school, so that must be the summer officially over. Asking about everyone’s summer recess, it seems to have been busier than most people expected, but perhaps the clues were already there. Just as we were sett ling in the summer months, Real Capital Analytics (RCA) shared its analysis on […]

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  • 18/7/2019

    Viewpoint – South for the summer

    The summer holidays are upon us here in the UK, with many of us Brits taking the well-trodden route down to Spain. But it seems we won’t be alone, with Spain being the second-most visited country in the world … second only to France. Not sure that is what I would have guessed, but there […]

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  • 12/6/2019

    Viewpoint – Boring is best

    More great research in from CBRE, with a report on investors’ investment intentions for 2019 in the Americas. Its findings resonate with what we are finding among our Islamic investors and I thought it would be worth sharing the highlights. The most striking thing that caught my attention, even though it was perhaps obvious but […]

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  • 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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