• Why the sudden rush to Nordic real estate? 

    Columns For many years, international investors were net sellers in the Nordic property market. That changed in 2017, a year when foreign buyers – representing both core and value-add capital – net invested more than EUR 10 billion in Nordic real estate. The next year, in 2018, the figure was EUR 6 billion. And so far in 2019, foreign buyers have net invested another EUR 1 billion. So, three consecutive years with large capital inflows. Why do we have this strong trend, and will it continue?

  • That’s what I call Brexit, 969!

    Columns Brexit is looming around the corner and in only three weeks the United Kingdom might leave the European Union. What will that mean for the UK? Bruce Dear and Tord Svensson of Eversheds Sutherland give us A Guide to Brexit Realities and Real Estate in Ten Songs.

  • Letter from the UK #3

    Columns Politics should not have a significant influence on the currency market, it should be the underlying performance of the economy, however in the current climate this has not been the case. Across Europe we have seen a significant amount of political instability; riots in France, no government in Sweden, UK government under unprecedented pressure over Brexit and in Italy the government waging war with Brussels over fiscal policy.

  • Column: Exciting sustainability trend in the Swedish corporate bond market

    Columns The Swedish market for corporate bonds is in the midst of a structural growth phase. The favourable interest rate environment together with stricter lending conditions from banks have made it more interesting for companies to consider the alternative of financing themselves in capital markets. At the same time, the Riksbank’s expansive monetary policy and negative interest rates have increased the demand from investors for more high yielding fixed income products.

  • Leading the Way towards More Digital Property Asset Management

    Columns Most companies in the industry are currently scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to meet these changing market conditions. At the same time, new competition is appearing in the form of hungry tech start-ups with no IT-infrastructure baggage or locked-in views of how the business should work.

  • Letter from the UK #2

    Columns Regardless of the impact on real estate values the global withdrawal of liquidity by central banks will lead to higher market volatility. Markets will react more sensitively to data and political sentiment. In an environment where politics is often flaky this could lead to material market movements that have an impact on the financial position of otherwise stable investments.

  • Swedish real estate – growing in capital markets

    Columns During the recent period of rapid expansion, the traditional bank market has not been sufficient as a funding source for the whole of the Swedish real estate sector. For this reason, the Swedish real estate sector has rapidly expanded in the Swedish corporate bond market in addition to raising funds via both ordinary equity and preference shares. Following the rapid growth, these companies now make up for around to 40% of the Swedish corporate bond market.

  • Column: Letter from Britain

    Columns Trade wars, stress within the EU and digitisation are placing significant uncertainty on the future of global economic growth. All three are connected by a common theme; the feeling amongst certain segments of society that they have been left behind. This is compounded by changes to the workforce bought about by digitisation. The segment of the population that this applies to is steadily growing as professions also find themselves under threat of becoming obsolete.

  • Column: A Nordic Love Story

    Columns There has been a significant increase in foreign and especially inter-Nordic transactions in the Nordic countries in recent years, while the share of domestic transactions has decreased. Data clearly shows, that for the first time, domestic investors are experiencing growing competition from their neighboring countries. Nordic buyers are now larger than non-Nordic buyers, at 24 and 16 percent respectively.

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