M&G Real Estate’s in-house research team produces regular updates on our key markets, alongside more in-depth pieces on major trends affecting global property today.
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Connectivity is the smart physical and digital infrastructure that drives our cities and helps their economies grow. It propels the wheels of our transport systems and keeps them spinning smoothly. And crucially, it brings together residents, visitors, businesses and public and private institutions.
- Over 70% of Europeans live in cities and the urban areas around them, with that figure expected to reach 80% by 2050.
- Big Data could help to plug the funding gap and break the link between economic growth and congestion with cheap data-based solutions.
- By next year, some 80% of Western Europe will be able to receive and generate real-time traffic data, according to INRIX.
- Data analytics applied to improve urban connectivity will help boost European GCP by 1.9% by 2020 (INRIX).
At M&G Real Estate, we believe that well-serviced connectivity infrastructures provide strong support for a city’s property fundamentals too. A better understanding of connectivity can help investors to identify relative value opportunities in real estate and future-proof their investments for the long-term, as high density cities are more likely to efficiently service densification.
That’s why we developed the M&G Real Estate European Urban Connectivity Ranking to grade 64 European cities based on their capacity to improve physical and digital urban connectivity in the face of the growing density pressures that face Europe’s cities today. Find out how connected the city you invest in is by downloading our report and watching our video.
Our last publication of the European Outlook focused on the outcome of the UK’s referendum on Europe and its potential impact on European real estate markets. In this video and accompanying publication, we continue to consider political uncertainty and its impact on real estate markets as a number of key elections take place in several European countries, notably in France and Germany.
The economy has proved resilient in the face of Brexit uncertainty and investor concerns seem to be abating after a turbulent summer. The outlook for performance is moderate with some downside risks and defensive investments are likely to hold investors in good stead over the short term. In this video and the accompanying publication, we explore some key trends that may affect UK property over the next year.
The Asia-Pacific economic outlook appears healthy in the near-term, but policy uncertainty globally poses risks. Regional property total returns look set to taper as yield compression slows; and development, alternatives, and tactical opportunities could drive the next wave of investments.
The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April 2016 and the resetting of business rates in April 2017 have ramifications for the UK retail market. But just what exactly remains unclear, not least in the case of the living wage. This paper aims to offer some early pointers.
With the new Chancellor intent on increasing investment in infrastructure and R&D to help counter the potential negative effects of Brexit, we look at the investment implications for real estate.
Read our analysis of which segments of the UK real estate market may face the greatest short-term challenges, and of the long-term investment opportunities which may arise from any volatility.
Investors and occupiers are increasingly looking beyond London for, respectively, higher returns and lower rents. The big question is whether the regional cities have sufficiently large and diverse economies to present an attractive long-term investment proposition. We have developed a proprietary index of vital signs to measure the heartbeat of 13 of the UK’s biggest cities and assess the strength of the opportunities on offer.