A Brief Guide to Personal Finance

This week, our blog focuses on all things related to personal finance and financial confidence. We are always told that keeping track of our finances is important, but it can be a daunting task to get on top of! Thankfully, there are a number of tools out there to make the process a lot easier – gone are the days of tracking everything in a big ledger or hiring an expensive accountant for a comprehensive view of your finances. What is Financial Confidence? According to Financial Capability, a UK think tank, there is no standardised or agreed definition of financial … Continue reading A Brief Guide to Personal Finance

Yielders’ Technology: Behind the Scenes

A few weeks ago, we released a blog about the end-to-end process of analysing an asset to making it live on the platform. However, we realised that we’ve never talked about the technological magic that underpins the entire Yielders platform. If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve been through the signup process or made an investment on the platform. To give you a view, these are some of the ways which our custom, in-house technology enhances and improves your experience: Development Schedule Our technology team works to an agile weekly sprint schedule, which means that the efficiency and priority … Continue reading Yielders’ Technology: Behind the Scenes

Yielders’ Economic Update: October 2020

The Data September saw a continuation of the white-hot run for the housing market since the introduction of stamp duty relief measures, historically low borrowing rates and the loosening of lockdown measures. We see the market as essentially tracking the rebound seen in the macroeconomy, and much of this has been driven by the ‘pent-up demand’ from what we will now call ‘Lockdown 1’. In short, this demand is translating into record-high house prices, edging towards the £250,000 average price across the UK. The numbers above indeed reflect the abnormal economic conditions brought about by the pandemic. A projected economic … Continue reading Yielders’ Economic Update: October 2020

The Yielders Process: from Pipeline to Platform

Many of our investors ask us about how we come across the properties that we list on the platform. The truth is, a lot goes on behind the scenes between introduction and launch, and we wanted to give you an insight into the steps we take to bring you our product. Step 1. Analysis When a potential property lands on the Investment Team’s desk, it is subjected to a stringent analysis of the financials. The Team will likely tell you that they spend a great deal of time modelling, however this is on Excel rather than in a glossy magazine! … Continue reading The Yielders Process: from Pipeline to Platform

UK Property Market – August 2020 Update

Halifax House Price Index – July 2020[1] Average Price Monthly Change Quarterly Change Annual Change £241,604 1.6% -0.2% 3.8% Economic Performance Q1 Growth Q2 Growth BoE Interest Rate -2.2% -20.4% 0.1% The Data July saw a significant rebound from the continual fall in house prices seen in the four months preceding. Average prices grew by 1.6% on a month-on-month basis, though prices still sat 0.2% lower in Q3 than in Q2, suggesting that this return to positive growth is not quite enough to wipe out the losses brought about by the pandemic and lockdown measures. From a year-on-year standpoint, house prices are … Continue reading UK Property Market – August 2020 Update

The Enduring Appeal of UK Real Estate for Foreign Investors

‘Safe as houses’ is a well-known saying in today’s vernacular, however the term is relatively old, emerging from Victorian Britain. The phrase is said to have become widespread during a period of particular economic volatility, when an overheating railway industry bubble burst, leading people to fall back on real estate. While the term should not be taken as gospel (or as investment advice!), the strength and appeal of UK real estate on the global stage suggests there is indeed something behind this phrase. As of late, you may have heard of grim predictions for UK property in the face of … Continue reading The Enduring Appeal of UK Real Estate for Foreign Investors

UK Fintech and Economic Recovery

The Government has this week kicked off its ‘Independent Strategic Review of UK Fintech’, indicating a show of support to a sector which has displayed strong performance on the global stage over the past few years. Led by Ron Khalifa OBE, former Chief Executive Officer of payments provider Worldpay, the review seeks to identify new growth areas across regulation, industry and policy to best support what is quickly becoming one of the UK’s flagship industries. The review has been seen by some as a show of faith in an industry which has real potential to underpin an economic recovery in … Continue reading UK Fintech and Economic Recovery

UK Property Market – July 2020 Update

UK Property Market – July 2020 Update Halifax House Price Index – June 2020[1] Average Price Monthly Change Quarterly Change Annual Change £237,616 -0.1% -0.9% 2.5% The Data June saw a 0.1% decrease in house prices from May, marking the fourth consecutive month of falling house prices. Moreover, the index measured prices as have lost just under 1% of their value during Q2 (i.e. April, May and June). While this is similar to house price movement seen at the peak of the financial crisis, the annual change shows that house prices are still 2.5% above their level this time last … Continue reading UK Property Market – July 2020 Update

Mini-Budget 2020: Benefits and Risks for the UK Economy

This week’s blog looks at the newest round of measures taken by the government to try to mitigate the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Around £125bn in stimulus has already been deployed, significantly boosting the UK’s national debt but providing much-needed funding in select areas of the macro-economy. The Mini-Budget in Short On Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled the latest round of measures designed to stimulate economic activity and reduce shocks to industry and the labour market. The package, worth £30bn, is keenly focused on a number of specific areas, ultimately showing where the government … Continue reading Mini-Budget 2020: Benefits and Risks for the UK Economy

A Brief Introduction to Islamic Finance and Islamic Fintech

For many, Islamic Fintech is a phrase that doesn’t pop up very often in their day-to-day reading. This article aims to explain the groundings of the industry, as well as how it factors into Yielders’ offering to investors. This article forms part of our weekly blog series, where we aim to bring you interesting and relevant news from across industries such as Real Estate, Economics and Finance. The Groundings of Islamic Finance Islamic Finance is a method of doing business which essentially has groundings in Islamic Law, principles from which have existed for many hundreds of years. Given that the … Continue reading A Brief Introduction to Islamic Finance and Islamic Fintech