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There are still many opportunities to be had in the UK property market, assures Manish Chande, Clearbell Senior Partner and experienced investment expert.
Amid reports of overheating in the south-east, he advocates that the smart thing to do is look further afield. He explains that the UK property market may be pausing for breath after the sustained period of recovery following the global financial crisis. However, he notes that the continued under supply of properties in many rental markets, particularly outside London, is likely be experienced for some time.
Chande is an authoritative voice on these matters. Alongside his current role with Clearbell Capital was previously a board director at Land Securities.
There’s a clear regional element to consider in the current UK market, he explains. On one hand, a softening in the market may bring forward mispriced opportunities in London. Meanwhile, the yield spread between prime and secondary in the regions remains three times the levels in the six years preceding the 2008 crisis.
The north of England is likely to be a key growth area, believes Chande. Rather than writing off real estate across Britain, smart investors will be looking for opportunities across the country’s regions. The north is fertile ground for this, with attractive valuations that he believes have a good upside potential. Government funding continues to flow in for transport and infrastructure, and this should soon translate to significant improvements.
With this in mind Chande advises investors to look to the past for future growth. As transport links with London, and other cities in the north improve, he expects to see the number of companies moving to the regions increase. Now is the time to plan for this growth, snapping up well-located office space to cater for new businesses and their staff.
The area’s industrial heritage, particularly warehouses, are ripe for regeneration. Following the mould of successful projects outside of city centres such as Salford Quays and Liverpool Docks, large industrial buildings can bring significant opportunities. The combination of large square footage and their easy commuting distance from population centres make them particularly attractive.
Under Chande's leadership, Clearbell’s approach is to capitalise on these types of untapped pockets of real estate with clear potential. Its current investments are varied in nature and include offices, warehouses, residential property, industrial facilities, retail outlets and hotels. Chande advocates an intense approach to asset management, where the goal is to unlock value throughout the life of the investment.
And it seems the investment vehicle is an attractive prospect. Clearbell’s recent launch of a real estate fund brought of £400 million in equity and £100 million in co-invest, mostly from pension funds, endowments and high net worth individuals. Chande notes the spread of investors in this fund was particularly diverse, bringing interest from the US, Australia, South Africa, the UK and mainland Europe.
This highlights a new phenomenon says the expert, as institutional investors continue to focus on real estate. This is mainly because they are being fastidious about their choices and favouring experienced fund managers with a long track record. With three decades of successful projects and an impressive return under his belt, Chande would seem an obvious choice.
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Millennials are consistently seen as reluctant investors. Some are a decade into their career, but they’re still relatively risk-averse, which many analysts believe is largely the result of the fact they grew up or came into adulthood in the midst of the Great Recession. Millennials have seen one of the worst financial environments in history, which has understandably made them gun-shy when it comes to investing, particularly in the stock market.
To combat that sense of hesitation, fintech companies have been creating platforms and technology that speak specifically to Millennials, and many of these companies have been quite successful in the process.
One of the biggest fintech trends leading the way not just for Millennials but investors in a range of age brackets is robo-investing. The premise behind robo-investing is one that Millennials tend to embrace because it’s seen as easy, inexpensive, and it gives the ability to create a set-it-and-forget strategy that requires minimal effort.
Robo-investing is also a viable alternative to the old way of doing things, which was to work with a financial advisor. Financial advisors, however, have been lumped in with many others in the financial services industry, such as bankers and lenders, and they’re not necessarily viewed in the most positive light by Millennials. Robo-investing platforms like Betterment give them the opportunity to skip the financial advisor, while still getting similar advantages, such as diversification and tax efficiency.
In the past, most investors would use services such as YAHOO! Finance to do their research and to track stocks, but there has been a new wave of trading software popping up that’s more comprehensive than ever before. Options such as Stocks to Trade, which was introduced by Millennial investment professional Timothy Sykes, is designed not just for the Wall Street elite, but is instead for real people. One such option is to buy palantir shares.
These trading software platforms include some of the most varied data points available, and they give users the opportunity to see everything they could need or want to know about all of the big markets in one location.
Budgeting and Spending
When looking for strategies to invest, it’s just important to decide how you’ll allocate your assets. It’s also important to look at your investment capabilities versus your income and spending needs. That’s why budgeting apps and banking services are also an essential component of many Millennials financial and investment strategies.
Just one of the many examples is called Simple, which is essentially branchless banking where everything can be done on a mobile phone.
This helps investors and would-be investors because it has features to create specific, personalized goals, such as putting aside a certain amount of money each week to invest. It also includes a feature called “Safe-to-Spend” which lets users see how much they can spontaneously spend without sabotaging their budget and existing goals.
Finally, another big way fintech is changing the investing landscape not just for Millennials but for everyone? Peer-to-peer lending.
Peer-to-peer lending offers the opportunity for people to bypass the traditional bank environment for personal and business loans, and it gives investors the chance to look outside the stock market for investing opportunities. There is a high level of risk, particularly when it comes to investing in certain borrowers, but Millennials seem to like the concept because the potential returns are much higher than they would be with something like a high-yield savings account, and as long as funds are spread out over many loans, the level risk isn’t incredibly high.
Fintech is changing the way Millennials invest and shifting how they view the concept itself, creating not just new opportunities for investors, but new possibilities in technology as well.