from Breakingviews:

London real estate at an inflection point

July 17, 2014

By George Hay

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Green shoots in the housing market?

April 2, 2009

House prices have dropped, interest rates are low and plenty of people are straining at the leash to get on the housing ladder.

from The Great Debate UK:

Deflation? It’s inflation you need to watch

March 25, 2009

-- David Kuo is a director at the financial Web site The Motley Fool. The views expressed are his own. --

Web round-up: Reaction to FSA’s bank regulation proposals

March 18, 2009

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has published a blueprint for a shake-up of global banking regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the current financial crisis. The report, authored by FSA Chairman Adair Turner, recommends an increase in banks’ minimum capital requirements, closer regulation of hedge funds as well as proposals to stop banks lending too much during boom years and measures to restrict the ability of banks to take excessive risks.

Web round-up: More gloom and doom on house prices

March 16, 2009

There was more gloomy news for the housing market today as property website Rightmove announced that asking prices for houses in England and Wales were 9 percent lower than a year ago. New listings meanwhile were 57 percent lower than March 2008. The average asking price actually increased by 0.9 percent between February and March this year, but Rightmove warned that this was caused by new sellers being unrealistic about how much their homes are worth.

UK mortgages: “It’s not all doom and gloom”

February 20, 2009

– Jane King is an independent mortgage adviser at Ash-Ridge Asset Management. The views expressed are her own. –

Rate cut round-up: “policy mistake” or “confidence boost”?

February 5, 2009

The Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates to a record low of 1.0 percent may have been widely predicted, but this did little to hold back the avalanche of commentary that began the moment the news came through at noon today.

Are interest rates at one percent the answer?

February 5, 2009

The Bank of England has gone into further into uncharted territory with its decision to cut rates by half a point to just one percent. Many economists think they will be down to zero by the Spring.

Banks rescue package: will they start lending again?

January 19, 2009

Melanie Bien, director, Savills Private Finance, is a guest commentator. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own.