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When you’re asked to give an opinion publicly – it’s best to give one.

Don’t buy retail investments. As with any investment the risk is reflected in the price. As this is the business section I assume this does not require explanation. But what I can’t explain is why the huge risks of investing in the retail sector are not being reflected in the price. Retail has always been…

Secondary Retail Investment Sold by Intali

The picture is of Ramsgate Harbour which is far more attractive than the property we sold! We have been advising clients of the risks of retail investment for some time and have been recommending that they seriously consider disposing of any retail assets, especially secondary stock. The well documented structural changes in the High Street…

The Long Weekend – The Aftermath!

OK – we wouldn’t want to labour the point but it is worth a brief note about the aftermath from the Happy Friday blog. The response from customers and professional colleagues was overwhelmingly positive. Yes – we have had a good-natured mickey taking but frankly we deserve it! We have also had a number of…

The Long Weekend

A recent article by the excellent David Smith discussed the UK’s productivity problem – it is definitely worth a read. The “take-out’s” are: German workers put in 300 hours a year less than us in the UK but produce 34.5% more. European countries with higher productivity than the UK, work shorter hours The law of…

The Risks of Retail Investment

The ongoing Toys ‘R’ Us saga finally came to a head yesterday, closely followed by Maplin in the race to insolvency. New Look and a few other multiple retailers are also said to be closing in on closure. We have been saying for years that extreme caution is needed when considering retail as an investment…

Trust

We were looking at a difficult investment for a pension fund client a few weeks ago. Great tenant, good location for the industrial use and a new 10 year unbroken renewal lease. Our “desk-top” due diligence report made a recommendation to submit a bid subject to inspection and the client agreed. Then it started to…