International Women’s Day 2021

To mark International Women’s Day, we thought we’d present some of the latest trends and statistics around women and investment, banking and finance. The Missed Market According to consultancy Oliver Wyman, women represent the largest underserved demographic when it comes to financial services, suggesting that there is an estimated $700bn opportunity for providers in meeting this gap.[1] With women’s educational attainment and personal wealth rapidly growing worldwide, it’s clear that service offerings are going to need to pivot extensively towards a increasing focus on women at the center of marketing and client engagement strategies. Interestingly, it appears that the very … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2021

UK Housing Market: December Update

As the year draws to a close, we are back with our latest update for the UK property market. Looking back, it has been an extraordinary year for residential real estate prices, with the average home seeing an increase in value of around £15,000 since June. There are a number of core reasons for this run which we’ve covered in the past, however, this week we dive into them a bit deeper to get to the bottom of the main drivers. The Stamp Duty Cut The cut to the base rate of stamp duty means that purchasers could save up … Continue reading UK Housing Market: December Update

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’ 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

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