Why You Might Fall in Love with CFD’s

Why You Might Fall in Love with CFD’s

World

Author Soteris Phoraris of easyMarkets

Yes, its Valentine’s Day and there are many different types of love – the love between a person and their car, the love between two people and the love you will have for CFDs after you read this article!

Why am I so confident about this fledging romance, like a financial markets cupid? Let’s find out.

Up? Down? Who cares?!

CFDs are financial products that follow the price of an asset. The good thing is that it allows you to follow it both when it’s going up and when it’s going down.

It’s understandable that most people forget that they can still have a positive outcome even when the markets are dropping with CFD’s. I mean the media doesn’t help, here are some recent market headlines courtesy of Bloomberg and Reuters:

“U.S. Stock Rally Falters as Yen Leads Haven Gains: Markets Wrap”

“Volatility Doesn’t Come Without Economic Consequences”

“Global Stock Recovery Falters”

They don’t really inspire you to say, “let’s go to the markets!” but the thing is that every movement, positive and negative, can be used with CFDs.

You can “short” CFD’s which essentially means you expect the asset to drop or continue dropping. This also known as selling a CFD. “Buying” the CFD mean you expect it to increase in price from the point you purchased the asset.

With a CFD you can sell high and the exit low, which will work just like the infamous adage, buying low and selling high. Ignore the jargon – in both scenarios that’s what you wan

Love is in the air

And that is why CFD’s deserve your affections. Stop look affectionately and all starry eyed at Bitcoin’s crazy bull run, its less attractive sibling Bitcoin’s downtrend can be just as appealing.

With the right kind of strategy, going short can be immensely satisfying. So, feel free to open a bottle of wine, put your favorite sweat-suit on and go short on your favorite instrument. It might be non-traditional but what can we say, love works in mysterious ways!

And so do the markets, so remember no matter what type of trading strategy you choose, always protect yourself, with the risk management tools available such as stop loss and price notifications.

Just another little piece of advice, although volatile markets are seductive, they remain well… volatile meaning they could turn on you at any minute. This Valentine’s Day remember to trade like you love – responsibly.

For further details, visit www.easymarkets.com, email pr@easymarkets.com or call +44 203 1500 748.

 

Risk warning: Forward Rate Agreements, Options and CFDs (OTC Trading) are leveraged products that carry a substantial risk of loss up to your invested capital and may not be suitable for everyone. Please ensure that you understand fully the risks involved and do not invest money you cannot afford to lose. Our group of companies through its subsidiaries is licensed by the Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission (Easy Forex Trading Ltd- CySEC, License Number 079/07), which has been passported in the European Union through the MiFID Directive and in Australia by ASIC (Easy Markets Pty Ltd -AFS license No. 246566).

The sky’s the limit in Newcastle

The sky’s the limit in Newcastle

United Kingdom
  • Newly launched 26-storey luxury development Hadrian’s Tower is a game-changer for urban living in Newcastle
  • The city’s tallest building will showcase at MIPIM, Cannes in March 2018
  • Luxury apartments available through Surrenden Invest
Newcastle is the cultural and commercial capital of the North East; something which is evident from its ever-growing population of urban and professional residents.
The new generation of city dwellers are demanding more and more from their residences, aiming to seamlessly blend their working and social lives, as well as incorporate leisure activities from one convenient base.
In response to this demand, Surrenden Invest is proud to present the brand-new development, Hadrian’s Tower which showcases the very best in contemporary residential accommodation available today in Newcastle.
Designed and built by respected financial and property group The High Street Group, it is set to become the most sought after residential address in Newcastle.
Hadrian’s Tower will offer world-class living, of a standard not previously seen in the North East of England; that’s 26 storeys of prime, luxurious living right in the heart of the city, just off St. James’ Boulevard.

With such a superb location and quality build, Hadrian’s Tower shows that the sky’s the limit for residential accommodation in Newcastle!

The tower has been designed with residents’ every convenience in mind. The 165 one-and two-bedroom apartments are complemented by outstanding shared facilities and social areas. There is a launderette and a cafe with adjacent meeting spaces and a Sky Lounge offering a laid-back venue for rest, relaxation and entertaining with panoramic sights over the city centre.

Individual homes will be spacious, bright and airy, with twin-aspect views from almost all apartments.

The service offering is just as premium as the accommodation; with an on-site concierge, cleaning services, maintenance, resident support, Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband.

 

“Hadrian’s Tower offers a capital-city lifestyle in an outstanding Newcastle location, making it one of the most exciting living and investment propositions available in the UK this year.”
Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest
The structure, which is set to become Newcastle’s tallest building is to be showcased at one of the world’s largest property events, MIPIM in Cannes next month (March 2018). The 28th annual conference attracts the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the North East, Newcastle, and our group to demonstrate the quality of property development projects taking place here and what attractive investment opportunities there are to be had.”
 
Gary Forrest, Chairman, The High Street Group
 
Hadrian’s Tower enjoys not only a premium city centre location but proximity to Newcastle’s Regeneration Zone, meaning that residents have direct access to the business and leisure facilities of this thriving city.
Chinatown, St James’ Park and the O2 Academy are just a short walk away, while The Gate entertainment complex, Intu Eldon Square shopping mall and the Theatre Royal are all easily reachable.
Central Station is just 10 minutes’ walk from Hadrian’s Tower, ensuring that residents can benefit from superb connectivity via a primary rail connection.

Regeneration work in Newcastle is adding to the city’s already-impressive residential, commercial and cultural offering and the region is recognised as the commercial and educational focus of North East England – along with Gateshead, which sits opposite it across the River Tyne.

Newcastle enjoys one of the fastest economic growth rates of any city in the UK.  In the five years to 2015, Newcastle’s total GVA grew by 18.5% – the third fastest rate in the UK and property values in the city have risen by 24.78% over the past five years.

Hadrian’s Tower offers an exceptional investment opportunity, with 5% interest on all exchange money throughout the 18-month build phase. Hadrian’s Tower provides 7% NET RG after five years, with completion scheduled for Q4 2019/Q1 2020.

This unique offering means that investors can benefit from a superb financial structure, as well as an outstanding development.

For more information and prices on application please contact:

 

Surrenden Invest
info@surrendeninvest.com
London office: 0203 3726 499
Liverpool office: 0151 3477 459
www.surrendeninvest.com
Is the market right to be losing its head with the recent Stock market collapse?

Is the market right to be losing its head with the recent Stock market collapse?

World

By James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist

It was coming.   For many months you heard the cries that a stock market crash was on its way and yet these words of caution were drowned out by headlines of equities hitting new all-time highs.

Bitcoin was another one.  As much as a record breaking year 2017 was for the infamous cryptocurrency, there was still those out there who were quoting the words “tulipmania” in connection with it but yet the believers ignored it.  Now in many ways you can hear the naysayers exclaiming loudly “I told you so”.

But we have talked so much about bitcoin over the last 12 months, so let’s have a look at the stock market and question if we are witnessing just a mere sell off or the beginning of a full blown market correction?

This is the end? My only friend the end?

Firstly, let’s look at some numbers that have happened over the last couple of trading sessions.

The catalyst for the stock market’s recent collapse was the Friday US job report which sent a shock to the system.  Non-farm payroll came in at an impressive number of 200K jobs created but it was the unexpected average earnings increase which came in at 0.3% versus 0.2% as expected that started the sudden sell off in the stock market.

It continued on Monday 5th February with the DOW Jones crashing by 4.6%, which is its worst plunge in a single day ever.  The S&P 500 followed suit dropping 4.1% and the rot also spread into Europe and Asia with the FTSE closing Monday at the lowest level since April 2017 and Japan’s Nikkei225 closing -4.7%.

Tuesday 6th February brought further losses for the DOW and the SP500 but come Wednesday 7th buy orders kicked in and the stock market mounted a minor recovery.

Should the market now start to panic or is everyone just over reacting?  Let’s look at this way.  At the current time of writing both the SP500 and the Dow Jones are trading around the levels they were trading at back in November 2017.  That’s just two months ago, so should we really all be running to the exits?

It’s not the levels, it’s trading that is causing concern, it’s the how quickly this sell off has occurred and that one word every trader knows, the volatility.

Over the last couple of years, the market has been fairly calm.  The markets have risen nice and steadily and in a very civilized manner. You can see this in the behavior of the VIX, the volatility index also known as the “fear index”, which has been very low over the last several years and has particularly been stuck in a range, just plodding along.  That was until Friday where it broke through the range and skyrocketed to levels not seen since 2015.

Though currently it has fallen back down slightly, it’s how quickly the move higher happened that potentially indicates that volatility is well and truly back.

Why is this happening now?

As a sense of amazement gripped a nation and the world in November 2016 as Donald Trump beat the incredible odds and won the US Presidential election, the stock market also went into a sense of awe and skyrocketed on optimism of potential future tax cuts that Trump had pledged would occur with him residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

2017 saw those tax cuts and the stock market continued to rally throughout that year and into January this year.  But what was considered a blessing for the markets is now causing concern as there is fear that these cuts could also increase inflation.

Friday’s surprise increase in wage growth has planted these thoughts deeper into the mind of the market and if inflation does indeed start to rise the FED might be forced to act.

Now it was widely expected for the FED to indeed raise rates again this year, however as there are signs that the US economy is growing faster than expected, the worry is the Federal Reserve will be prompted to be more aggressive with their rate hikes.

The end of the bull run?

It has been an incredible run and of course it had to come to an end at some point.  The era of low interest rates is over, which will result in less borrowing for businesses and higher bond yields which will make them an attractive alternative to investors who want to move away from stocks.  There is a real feeling that we will see rate increases in the US (and now the UK too) at a lot faster pace which you can also see with lower gold prices, which should be enjoying a ride higher as a safe haven but it’s not because of this belief in higher interest rates.

Combine that with the return of volatility then a potential correction and further losses is really at play.

How bad can it get? 

As it stands the global economy is healthy unlike it was back in 2009 when we saw the DOW lose more than 50% of market value, so fundamentally speaking this fall back could be more controlled.

However, with years of low interest rates and borrowing how much have stocks been overvalued? And when the new reality sets in, how healthy, with debt still extremely high, is the actual global economy?

Wherever the market is destined to go to, there are certainly indications that the bears can smell blood.

London’s ‘Film Row’ given new lease of life

London’s ‘Film Row’ given new lease of life

United Kingdom
  • Soho’s Wardour Street was once the cornerstone of the capital’s film industry
  • Stunning Pathé building has been dressed to impress by Alexander James Interior Design
  • ‘Film Row’ now offering one of most sought-after London residential locations

Just over a century ago, Pathé Films set up shop in Soho. While the film industry has long since abandoned London’s West End, its legacy lives on, with one company – Alexander James Interior Design – breathing new life into the ghost of cinema past.

Almost a year ago, the company made headlines with its stunning dressing of one of the luxury apartments in the former Pathé building. Now, in honour of the Oscars fast approaching once again, the Alexander James team has been invited to dress a further historic London apartment.

 The Pathé building has such a rich history that it’s a privilege to be asked to dress another apartment there. The homes have such an incredible atmosphere and being able to honour the building’s heritage through contemporary interiors is a truly unique experience.

Robert Walker, Managing Director, Alexander James Interior Design

 

Wardour Street, where Pathé is based and which was once famed as London’s ‘Film Row’ due to the plethora of film companies in residence, has become one of the capital’s hippest addresses.

Soho is famed for its quirky bars, outstanding restaurants and independent shops, as well as its media and cinematic heritage. A thriving creative hub, the area has drawn in trendy young things from across the UK and beyond. Having emerged from a rather seedy and run-down past reputation, modern day Soho is one of the most sought-after places to live, work and enjoy leisure time in London.

One of the challenges for the Alexander James Interior Design team was to blend the area’s more industrial, gritty past with its unique modern feel when dressing the Pathé building. Of course, it was also important to reflect the role that cinema has played in the building’s fascinating history.

“Our vision was to create a scheme that reflects the buzzing, creative hub that is modern-day Soho, while also creating an aspirational space packed with eye-catching features worthy of the famous Wardour Street. An industrial finish with refined, luxurious pieces captured this perfectly.”

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design

 

To dress the apartment to perfection, the Alexander James team sourced a range of unique pieces. They also specified bespoke complementary items. To honour the building’s film heritage, the company’s in-house art consultant worked with the designers to create a private gallery by the stairwell, with hand-picked eclectic prints in bespoke frames delivering the intended style beautifully.

Throughout the apartment, colours are vibrant and textures are used creatively to provide personality and character. For the home’s outdoor terrace, plants and bespoke furniture were used to generate a casual, botanical feel for the ultimate sense of relaxation.

While the film companies may have set sail for pastures new, Wardour Street remains a key part of London’s cinematic heritage. Now, those looking to live on Film Row can honour the area’s past at the same time as being part of its future.

Apartment 1 is on the market with CBRE for £1.5m and covers 1,074 sq ft with one bedroom and two bathrooms.

For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at www.aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604.  

J’adore la France! Buyers from around the world wooed by France’s romantic offering this Valentine’s Day

J’adore la France! Buyers from around the world wooed by France’s romantic offering this Valentine’s Day

France
  • French is world’s most romantic language (Google Translate)
  • France is world’s most visited country (UNTWO)
  • French property market offers something for everyone to fall in love with (FrenchEntrée)

With its alluring scenery, fine wines and plentiful summer sunshine, France has built up a reputation as one of the world’ most romantic countries. From swanky hotels on the banks of the River Seine in Paris to rustic country retreats with open fireplaces and miles of lavender fields around, France offers something to suit every couple’s taste when it comes to Valentine’s Day breaks. It’s also home to some incredibly romantic properties, perfect for those looking to buy a second home or fulltime residence to keep the love alive year-round.

 “Whether your idea of romance is a fairytale château with formal gardens, a period apartment just steps from the Seine or a cozy chalet in the mountains with an open fireplace, France has the perfect property. French is widely known as the language of love and the country’s properties certainly further its reputation as the home of romance.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

French is not just rumoured to be the language of love – its position as such is backed up by data from Google. According to Google Translate, 34 in every 1,000 French phrases that are translated are of a romantic nature, putting French ahead of every other language in terms of its romantic credentials. Indeed, after “bonjour,” “je t’aime” is the most requested French translation.

It is also the most visited country in the world, attracting some 82.6 million visitors in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO). And for those who want more than a holiday from the home of romance, a French property is the perfect answer.

Perfect for those with romance in their soul, this beautiful château is just a short drive from Saint Valentin. Nestled in the heart of Champagne Berrichonne, the “village of lovers” hosts a spectacular Valentine’s Day celebration weekend each year with a festival, marriage ceremonies and renewal of vows services. For those wanting more than just a weekend of romance, the 19th century château offers ten bedrooms, eight bathrooms, an array of reception rooms and a wine cellar. Parquet flooring, decorative panelling, marble fireplaces and exposed beams create a wonderful sense of grandeur inside, while outdoors the meadows and woodland provide spectacular views over the Creuse valley. As well as a guest house and an apartment, the outbuildings also include a chapel – the ultimate romantic property feature!

Another superb property with its own chapel is this 19th century château in Carcassonne. The home has been restored beautifully, from the formal grounds – which would make an idyllic setting for a wedding – to the modern yet authentically charming interior. Marble floors with underfloor heating, high ornate ceilings and elegant fireplaces make this an unforgettable property.

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager at premium French property agents FrenchEntrée, shares what buyers are loving most about French property so far in 2018:

  • Brittany and Languedoc-Roussillon have so far been the two most popular regions for new enquiries, accounting for 13% and 12% of all enquiries respectively. Brittany remains steady even in the colder months, as buyers are accepting of the variable weather and cooler temperatures – so the region doesn’t see as much seasonal variation in sales as the warmer southern areas. The Languedoc region is popular thanks to low cost flights from the UK, which mean that buyers can take advantage of school holidays and long weekends to visit their second home.
  • As the pound stabilises and fluctuations in its value decrease, buyers have felt more comfortable in increasing their budgets. Compared to this period last year, we’ve seen an average 12% increase in budget. This reflects buyers’ increased confidence in the French market (which went from strength to strength last year), as well as what they can afford at current rates.
  • When it comes to the most popular areas of Paris, the fashionable 16th arrondissement, the historic Marais and the fabulously Parisian Saint-Germain-des-Prés all look set to attract buyers in their droves in 2018.

If France is the home of romance, then Paris is unquestionably the city of love. From rendezvous in impossibly chic pavement cafés to strolls along the river as evening falls, past incredible buildings oozing with history, it is a city that charms lovers of all ages and nationalities – and it seems that its property market does the same. According to Insee, 20% of Parisians are immigrants, reflecting the city’s vast international appeal.

FrenchEntrée have long understood the draw of the Parisian property market. From light-filled residences just a stone’s throw from some of Paris’ best restaurants to feature apartments in the city’s trendiest areas, the company has witnessed countless homes being snapped up by those who have fallen for France’s capital city.  

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

Will 2018 finally see Gold’s shine return?

Will 2018 finally see Gold’s shine return?

World ,

James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

It’s that time of the year again when many analysts chuck their hat into the ring and try to predict the next 12 months.

You can hear it already, the shouts of what is the new bitcoin, whether the GBP will hold its own despite the ongoing Brexit drama and when the Stock market bull run will finally stop.

For me, I am going talk about an old favorite of mine and that is gold.

Gold and I have a pretty close relationship.  In fact, when I first started out in this industry, Gold options were the first asset I got involved with and I can remember it trading around $684 oz. It was at the dawn of the financial crisis and my firm at the time was predicting gold to skyrocket $1000 OZ.  And I remember the excitement that filled our office in August 2008 when it finally breached that level.  Ok, it then fell back a little but after the financial crisis took hold it carried on its bull run hitting its peak of around $1920oz in September 2011.   After that the next 4 years saw it free fall hitting a low of $1042 in December 2015.

Since then Gold has been stuck in a range, trading between $1375oz and $1124oz.   Now will 2018 be the year for Gold to finally break through that range?

Three weeks into the start of the year have seen a fairly bullish rally, however historically speaking January has often been a good month for the yellow metal, but this January it has hit a 17 month high of $1365 oz on 25th January. So is there good reason for gold bulls to start getting excited?

Overreaction?

The size of the bull run so far is no greater than previous January bull runs.  So far this month Gold has moved higher by around $50 and at the time of writing it is currently trading around $1358.32.

The past two January’s have seen similar moves, with it opening in January 2017 at $1144.81oz and closing the month out at around $1208 oz with January 2016 being slightly more impressive with its open price at $1057oz and the close at around $1119.15oz.  So really the movement at present is nothing for the bulls to shout about.

As well that Gold’s jet propulsion skyward actually started around the December 20th, when it posted gains for eleven sessions in a row till gains being pared on January 5th.  So really is this January’s 17 month high really cause to celebrate?

Greenback falling flat on its face

Now there is something which can fuel the bull’s enthusiasm for gold to return to its dizzy heights and that is the US Dollar’s recent collapse against the majors which can visibly been seen with the Dollar index trading at the lowest level since January 2014.

As every gold trader knows a weaker dollar often results in higher gold prices due to their ongoing love/hate relationship.  In fact, USDs dramatic decline this year has seen other currency pairs hit levels not seen for nearly 4 years with the likes Euro/USD at the time of writing trading at $1.2462.  With the ECB along with BOI toying with the idea of cutting back on monetary stimulus and the UK economy showing signs of being stable and the hope that a Brexit deal will be made, there are clear reasons why the USD is struggling against the majors but eventually this will surely turn around especially with the FED likely to raise rates again this year.

However, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s address to reporters in Davos on Wednesday 24th January sparked the markets to life as he mentioned that “a weaker dollar is good for trade” though he later tried to backtrack.  The fact that a US Treasury secretary is actually embracing a weaker greenback is surprising traders with the long standing rhetoric of previous US Treasury Secretaries have favored a stronger greenback.

Now no one can say for sure what’s a weaker USD but with recent trades tariff’s imposed upon South Korea and China, the concerns of a potential trade war are very much alive and a weaker USD would play a key part in winning any sort of trade war.

How about the stock market?

The stock market is still very much enjoying its bull run with the SP500 and Dow Jones both hitting all-time highs.  Now so many speculators out there have said that eventually we will experience a crash and at some point we must, but no one has really said when they believe this will finally occur.  A weaker USD can certainly help the bull run to keep going, however if we do end up having a full blown trade war that will not help the stock market at all.

With the stock market still enjoying its record highs so far this year it hasn’t stopped Gold which is of course a safe haven and really should only benefit when times are bad from hitting the before mentioned 17 months high.  So could it also be a case that there are those big hitters out there moving into gold preparing for the eventual crash?

One method of trying to read market sentiment is by looking at the last COT report which was published on 16Th January, which shows that the merchants are hedging themselves with 212,879 short positions in gold where the speculators have 227,373 long positions in gold, hinting at a potential overall bullish tone.

Where could Gold possibly go?

Now I have read wild claims that some believe we could see the yellow metal rise to its all-time highs once again. But to be fair, back in 2011 when we hit an all-time high of $1920 we were still feeling the aftershocks of the financial crisis and witnessing unrest with the Arab Spring.  Currently we are seeing economic revival across the globe and despite the occasional spat between North Korea and US, thankfully not so much potential conflict.

The other matter which weighs on my mind is that even though the USD is suffering massively, GOLD has yet to pass the key level of $1400oz, but instead at the time of writing still unable to break through the $1375 level.

However, due to the points I have made about the USD weakness, the threat of a trade war and the anticipation that we might see the stock market finally experience a correction I can see gold push above the $1400 level at some point and depending on how it may react to more rate hikes this year from the FED, I can also see the possibility of it approaching the $1500 level before the year is out.

For further details, visit www.easymarkets.com, email pr@easymarkets.com or call +44 203 1500 748.

 

Risk warning: Forward Rate Agreements, Options and CFDs (OTC Trading) are leveraged products that carry a substantial risk of loss up to your invested capital and may not be suitable for everyone. Please ensure that you understand fully the risks involved and do not invest money you cannot afford to lose. Our group of companies through its subsidiaries is licensed by the Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission (Easy Forex Trading Ltd- CySEC, License Number 079/07), which has been passported in the European Union through the MiFID Directive and in Australia by ASIC (Easy Markets Pty Ltd -AFS license No. 246566).

Sales to Foreign Property Buyers in Turkey Increase by 22%

Sales to Foreign Property Buyers in Turkey Increase by 22%

Turkey

The Turkish Statistical Institute Turk Stat have published their 2017 report of foreign property buyers in Turkey.

It reveals a colourful variety of nationalities bought a total of 22,234 homes reflecting an increase of 22.2% year on year.

The improved stats are most likely the results of a favourable exchange rate as well as a variety of incentives by the Turkish government to attract foreigners to their real estate market.

In January 2017, the Official Turkish Gazette published a decree offering citizenship to any foreigner buying property worth 1 million USD or more.

The following month, Turkish parliament passed a law that enabled foreigners investing in the property market of Turkey to be exempt from value-added-tax. Conditions included making the purchase in a foreign currency and keeping the new property for at least a year. The law also applied to Turks who lived and worked abroad for more than 6 consecutive months.

Most Popular Districts for Foreign Property Buyers in Turkey

Stats show Istanbul as the most popular district for house sales to foreigners with a total of 8,182 homes sold. The city, the largest and busiest in Turkey is currently undergoing a construction boom with many skyscraper projects on the market.

“Offering a wide range of social community features such as swimming pools, landscaped gardens and onsite fitness gyms, prices starting at an average of £55,000 are proving to be a huge hit. The outskirts and surrounding districts of Istanbul are also climbing in popularity as buyers are lured by lower property prices but with all the benefits of city living close by.”

Julian Walker, MD, Spot Blue

The Mediterranean district of Antalya followed by 4707 house sales to foreigners. Consisting of the smaller coastal resorts of Side, Alanya, Kemer, Belek, Kas, Kalkan and the main city centre, Antalya is particularly popular with Russians, Germans and Brits, of which many live permanently in the area as retired expats.

Once again, the districts of Bursa (1474) and Yalova (1079) are slowly climbing up the ranks. Despite being latecomers to the market appealing to foreign property buyers, the historical value, as well as beautiful landscapes, are especially popular with Middle Eastern nationalities who find many similarities between cultures.

Foreign property buyers in Turkey

The top buying nationality was Iraqis with a total of 3805 houses. Saudi Arabians closely followed with 3345 house sales. The nationality taking third was Kuwait with 1691 sales.

British buyers bought a total of 794 homes in Turkey. Despite getting off to a shaky start in the first two months of the year with just 77 sales, business picked up and climbed to its peak in September with 103 sales for that month alone.

General trends show British buyers tend to stick to the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in resorts such as Didim, Fethiye, Bodrum and Kalkan.

Predictions for 2018

Expert insiders are predicting a rebound for both the tourism and foreign Turkish real estate market in 2018. The government spent most of 2017 clamping down on terrorism, and the lack of attacks is seeing a return in confidence for both sectors.

British airlines have massively increased their seat capacity between the two countries and a favourable exchange rate, as well as a surpass supply of new, modern homes offer ideal conditions for foreign property buyers in Turkey.

 

On the Market in Turkey

Sea View Horizon Sky Garden Duplex in Iasos, Bodrum

£43,000

https://www.spotblue.com/turkey-property-for-sale/apartment-in-iasos-bodrum-bod326/

  • Two spacious double bedrooms, two fitted bathrooms
  • Fitted kitchen, tastefully decorated, air conditioning
  • Garden & balcony with stunning sea & hillside views
  • Excellent on-site facilities, private beach, seven swimming pools

 

Key Ready Flats In Kucukcekmece, Istanbul

£122,988

https://www.spotblue.com/turkey-property-for-sale/apartments-in-kucukcekmece-istanbul-ist252/

  • Two spacious bedrooms, one fitted bathroom
  • Fitted kitchens, air conditioning, Satellite TV
  • Fantastic on-site facilities, sauna, Turkish bath
  • Great location, close to shops & public transport

 

Stylish Detached Villa in Yalikavak, Bodrum

£856,109

https://www.spotblue.com/turkey-property-for-sale/villa-in-yalikavak-bodrum-bod317/

  • Five spacious bedrooms, five bathrooms
  • Fitted kitchen, plenty of space on two floors
  • Lovely private garden and pool area
  • Underground garage and small studio

 

To find out more, please contact Spot Blue on +44 208 339 6036 or visit www.spotblue.com

What can you buy in France for the price of a house across the UK?

What can you buy in France for the price of a house across the UK?

France

Once again France remains the most popular place to visit in the world, with Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, French minister of state, expecting between 88 and 89 million foreign tourists in 2017, a record new high on the 85 million in 2015.

The British interest in France also remains high despite the Brexit vote with the latest data revealing that the number of British nationals acquiring French passports has risen fivefold since June 2016. 2017 saw 1,518 Britons become French citizens compared with 320 in 2015 and 439 in 2014.

“The appeals of visiting and indeed looking to live in France have remained clear for decades. Easy access to the UK, quality of life, climate, culture and gastronomy draw millions each year with the affordability of property, straightforward purchasing process and great mortgage deals also offer an additional incentive for those looking to make their visit to France more permanent.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

So, if you are thinking of making the move to France this year, take a look at what you can buy for the price of a house across the UK:

North West

For the average price of a property in the North West, £159,066 according to the latest HM Land Registry data (Nov 2017), you could own this attractive stone house in perfect condition with a pretty garden in Charentes, SW France.

Available for €171,200 (£151,834), this property offers a spacious open plan living room with wood burner, kitchen with stone fireplace, bedroom and shower room. Upstairs there is a mezzanine and a further two bedrooms with shower room.

The Midlands

For the average price of a home in the East Midlands, currently at £185,047, you could live the high life with this 4-bedroom charming house located in Sauvagnac, SW France complete with landscaped gardens and swimming pool.

Available for €206,700 (£183,319) this charming typical French 4-bedroom house has the modernity of tiled floors with under-floor heating, plus original features such as wooden beams. Located behind wrought iron gates, in a landscaped and wooded garden of 3800m2, lies a spacious and bright home. The fitted kitchen is roomy with plenty of units and space for a dining area. The split level, open plan lounge/diner is bright thanks to double aspect patio doors and boasts a feature stone fireplace. The Charente lakes and golf club La Preze is approximately 10 minutes away as well as easy access to Limoges airport and the TGV at Angouleme.

East

Those living in the East of England, where average house prices stand at £289,731, looking for a change of lifestyle should consider this spacious 4-bedroom character house in the Languedoc. Available for €315,000 (£280,014), the property boasts a beautiful garden, courtyard, terrace, 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a nice kitchen, 2 lounges and a study.

Immediately habitable and located in a pretty village on the Canal with shops and restaurants, twice weekly market just 10 minutes from Narbonne and the beach, this is a quality winegrowers home with potential for two individual properties and income.

London

Notoriously expensive with the current house price an eye watering £481,915, more and more people are swapping life in the Big Smoke in the search of more affordable housing. This beautiful contemporary home near the coast of Brittany is available from €522,500 (£464,471) and offers a living room with a central fireplace, separate sitting area opening onto the garden with a French doors and a cathedral dining area, fully equipped kitchen and conservatory with Jacuzzi.

The first floor comprises an office, four bedrooms, one en suite and access to a fifth bedroom above. A basement with a large garage for two cars, dressing space, boiler room and shower completes the property all located in a quiet area just 1.5km from the coast.

South East

Geographically the closest to French shores, homeowners in the South East could trade in their pricey pads, averaging at £325,270, for this beautiful character house in Mayenne, north west France.  Available for €360,000 (£319,950) this beautiful manor-style house is set in a traditional wooded countryside.

Built in 1744 and enlarged at the beginning of the 19th century, the property comprises a small rural house and a former farmhouse now used as a home. On the ground floor, there is an oak staircase, dual-aspect living room with parquet flooring and a large marble fireplace, a dining room, exposed beams and terracotta floor. In the wing lies the kitchen, cellar, garage and boiler room. On the first floor the landing serves 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms with toilets.

South West

Lastly, for those in the South West, where the average price is a touch over the national average at £251,923 then this fully restored 3-bedroom stone-built country house and barn located in a quiet friendly hamlet near Varen, Tarn et Garonne could be for you.

On the market for €280,000 (£248,248) this property is set in beautiful landscaped gardens with the interior of the house fully restored with the original features and beams preserved. This is a stylish country residence, far from the madding crowd with a large barn dating back to 1874 primed for development of additional rooms.

“Whilst growth in the UK market is set to slow in 2018 with Nationwide forecasting a growth rate of just 1%, prices are up 3.9% y-o-y in France (L’INSEE, Q3 2017) and our partners at BNP Paribas are predicting 3-4% further growth in 2018.

“Here at FrenchEntrée, we have seen budgets of British buyers increasing anywhere from 10-20%, demonstrating increased confidence in a growth market and a desire to forge ahead instead of waiting for the resolution of Brexit.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

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CES 2018 – How will new technologies affect markets?

CES 2018 – How will new technologies affect markets?

World

Author: Soteris Phoraris

Market Commentator for easyMarkets

We frequently hear the idiom “The future is now!” especially in the age on the cusp of artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, nanotechnology, mass adaptation of alternative energy and genetic medicine. We undeniably live in a very technologically exciting era and these breakthroughs definitely have the potential to completely change the way the world fundamentally works.

In honor of CES 2018 (Consumer Electronics Show) which just finished, I thought I’d take the time to look at technology with a different scope. I thought I’d consider the question most traders would ask when faced with change on a large scale: “how will this affect the markets?”

Well let’s take a look at how the markets were affected by significant technological advances in the past, what survived, what went up in smoke because of them and ultimately try to see what could be affected by the latest technological break-throughs.

History: Coal vs. Oil

The first type of energy source humanity had at its disposal was itself, I know that sounds redundant, but muscle power was the first type of locomotion – which I hear is really tiring. Luckily, we domesticated animals, found that the black rock stuff underground could be burned to create tons (joules actually) of energy and that the black goop erupting from underground could create even more. During the industrial revolution around the beginning of the 20th century, coal was the go to fuel and there were millionaires made because of it. Name any disgustingly wealthy family that existed before and during the industrial revolution and I can guarantee they had a hand in coal – Rockefellers? Rothschilds? Yes, as recently as the 2000s.

Still to this day coal mining is a vital form of income and source of employment for certain locations around the world – much of a certain person’s campaign (which shall remain anonymous) was based on the preservation of so-called “coal belt” jobs in lieu of an international environmental preservation pact – but I digress. Eventually oil came to replace coal as a primary energy source, due to its transportability, availability – but the true catalyst (!) for the mass adaptation of oil over coal was the internal combustion engine. The ease of having a liquid tank and a self-feeding engine instead of constantly having to shovel coal into a steam-engine helped this fuel-source immensely.

Although most people heavily invested in coal reinvested in oil, the shift did cost jobs within the industry, but new industries emerged covering the need for skilled or semi-skilled labor.

We have seen multiple technologies which could replace fossil fuels although none have proven to be as efficient or economic as their globe destroying counterparts. Hydrogen fueled cars seemed like a solid competitor, but the need for specialized infrastructure and their inability to compete autonomy-wise with gasoline driven cars has greatly stifled its popularity and mass adaptation. If a fuel type emerges or is optimized to be more efficient, more affordable and ultimately more convenient, then we might see both oil and coal go the way of the Dodo.

Electronics – Gold Fever

Although gold is still primarily used for jewelry, 10 -12% (depending on the source) of the world’s gold supply goes to the production of technology. The reason that percentage isn’t higher is probably due to the fact that a third of the gold used in new technology is actually recycled. Of course, we know gold is finite whereas technology continually evolves, thus the demand for gold is constantly increasing. For example, Mathew Neurock and Robert J. Davis of the University of Virginia have found a method using gold, to create “bio-renewable chemicals” that could replace petroleum based ones.

Of course, even gold’s use in tech might be reversed, with new material innovations such as graphene, which is promising to completely redefine circuit paradigms of today. This statement is going to seem superlative – but graphene is the most conductive material in the world, it is stretchable (which flexible circuits have been the holy grail of the tech industry for decades), 200 times stronger than steel and one of the thinnest materials known to humanity. It’s also impermeable, meaning it can create a protective, conductive but still stretchable protective layer over, well theoretically anything. Imagine a housing that is also the circuitry and battery of a smart-phone.

Yes, yes ‘how will this affect the markets?’. Currently, producing graphene is prohibitively expensive – the company or institution that manages to find a cost-efficient way to produce this hyper-material, and the foresight to patent it, it will at least initially, dominate the market – like DOW chemicals and Teflon, Westinghouse with alternating current infrastructure and Tesla with electric cars – on that note…

Autonomous cars everywhere

It seems that this year’s CES was dominated by self-driving cars, with a few other alternative fueled non-non-driverless cars (drivable?) including Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell car and Chinese manufacture’s first foray into electric cars – Byton.

Honda seemed to be the break-away autonomous vehicle producer, with two offerings, the awkwardly named 3E-D18 which looks like a futuristic four-wheel off-road vehicle which is a platform for various tools depending on the application from agriculture to bomb-disposal. Honda also introduced its NeuV which is slated as a “ride sharing” vehicle. Beyond the most evident shift these vehicles create (most are electric instead of using fossil fuels) something which can practically redefine the automotive industry: some analyst believe that autonomous vehicles will make car ownership a thing of the past – creating a model like bike-sharing, with the difference that you will not need to go to the “sharing” terminal, but the vehicle will come pick you up.

Companies such as Uber and Lyft will need to adapt to this technology and already have to a certain extent, Lyft has permission to test self-driving cars in California and Uber is testing autonomous cars in Toronto. Uber is taking it a step further by working with NASA to introduce autonomous air-taxis by the 2028 Olympics in L.A. pushing the world one step closer to the worlds seen in Blade Runner and the 5th Element. OK maybe even Demolition Man, which lets hope doesn’t feature Wesley Snipes with a bleached flattop – just the self-driving cars.

Smart Homes

As we saw from CES 2018, companies want to make your dumb home smarter. The usual suspects Amazon and Google presented their respective smart home tools, but less traditional tech proposals by the likes of Kohler with voice-controlled shower, that can be programmed to play the music you want and the lighting you prefer when getting squeaky clean. Another addition is an Alexa “powered” mirror and a toilet that would make a luxury car blush in inadequacy – it has feet warmers, a heated seat, mood lighting (I wonder if you can make your bathroom look like an EDM music festival if you combine it with the smart-shower), music and a bidet. Toilet talk aside though, there was a myriad of smart home devices, remotes, hubs and even robotic companions that function as smart home remotes.

So how is all this relative to markets and traders? Smart tech, great you say, we’ve seen it flounder and fail for half a decade (or more anyone remember the Palm Pilot?) – but don’t look at the tech, look at the companies and how many are investing in this.

The industry generally responses to the request of consumers, they want smartphones? WE’LL GIVE THEM SMART EVERYTHING. That might be hyperbole but shows like CES can reveal industry trends – helping you discern which companies are riding the wave of innovation and which are just resting on their laurels (or even worse, brand name).

You can also see general industry trends revealed, for example techradar.com noticed a significant lack of cameras at the show, but as mentioned above the show was inundated by smart home devices. Another bit of industry news revealed was the fact that Huawei was dropped from a partnership with AT&T, but has established strong retail relationships with the likes of Amazon, Newegg, Microsoft Store and Best Buy – which still makes the launch of its flagship device State-side viable.

This kind of news may seem insignificant but we’ve seen company stocks fluctuate wildly because of industry news and trends. Just look at how Apple’s stock spikes before each major release announcement and then corrects to normal levels or drops lower than before depending on consumer reaction and response. During Samsung’s Note 7 battery overheating and exploding troubles – which ultimately caused the company to recall the entire run of the device a few months after its release – extreme example I know – but just on the report of batteries failing and turning pockets around the world into impromptu fireworks shows, pushed Samsung market value down by an astounding $7 billion. This was before the company even admitted that the device had problems, saying that quality control issues where causing shipping delays.

News is important and if investors are listening in to Central Bank officials’ speeches for hints, even if the speech in question isn’t even related to the Bank’s policy-making, why not look to other sources too. The news is out there – you just have to be creative how to find it.

 

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First national lettings business to help ‘Generation Rent’ get on the housing ladder

First national lettings business to help ‘Generation Rent’ get on the housing ladder

United Kingdom

No Agent partners with Experian, reporting rental payment history to enhance tenants’ credit histories

On a mission to clean-up and revolutionise the UK rental sector, No Agent will be one of the first national letting business to ensure their tenants’ timely rental payments are counted towards their credit reports through Experian’s Rental Exchange initiative.

 “Rent is usually the largest regular payment in a household and should be the main indicator of creditworthiness. Yet tenants paying rent regularly don’t see this reflected on their credit scores in the same way homeowners do with their mortgage payments. It’s making it even harder for them to get on the ladder and it’s simply not fair. So we are partnering with Experian to change things for Generation Rent.”

Calum Brannan, CEO, No Agent

 

No Agent manages private rental property across England by combining technology with a team of experienced property professionals. Their proprietary technology will be integrated into Experian’s Rental Exchange system and, following rigorous testing, No Agent will share rent payments data with Experian. This data will then be included in tenants’ Experian credit reports.

“Historically, it’s been easier for people who already own a home to build a credit history than those who want to get on the property ladder. Monthly mortgage payments were factored into credit scores, whereas rental payments were not considered. We felt it was time to give renters a level playing field. We’re pleased to welcome No Agent to the Rental Exchange, so their tenants can strengthen their credit histories simply by paying their rent on time.”

Mark Goodfellow, Rental Exchange Partner, Experian

 

“We started No Agent to fix the letting experience for both landlords and tenants, and we strongly believe technology is the solution. Through the Experian Rental Exchange, our tenants will boost their credit history with on time payments, access more affordable credit and get on the housing ladder faster. And our landlords are getting an extra assurance that their tenants pay in full and on time.

I am very proud No Agent is leading the charge in creating a marketplace that’s fairer for everyone.”

Calum Brannan, CEO, No Agent

 

The private rented sector is growing steadily, with a quarter of UKs population forecasted to be renting privately in five years’ time. Legislation was slower to catch up but things are changing. Last year saw a parliamentary debate following a 140,000-strong e-petition, the launch and second reading of Lord Bird’s Creditworthiness Assessment Bill in the House of Lords. At the beginning of the year the government launched a  £2 million initiative to find the best fintech platform to record rental payments by tenants.

 

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About No Agent:

No Agent’s mission is to create a fairer, more equitable marketplace for both landlords and ‘generation rent’. The company uses technology to remove the pain points and inefficiencies of traditional lettings agents. The end-to-end property management platform fuses tech with great customer service to automate the entire rental process. Landlords choose how much they control and how much they pass on to No Agent, and have complete visibility over their property status – at any time, from anywhere in the world. Landlords pay a low monthly fee, while tenants don’t pay any fees.

https://www.noagent.co.uk


About CEO Calum Brannan

In 2015, Calum set out to find a solution for renting out his property in Coventry. After a few bad experiences with local letting agents, he was looking for a service that would offer him the same friendly and simple user experience as AirBnB, but for long term rentals. He looked around and noticed there wasn’t anything like that on the market, so he set up to build it.

Today, No Agent directly employs over 30 people and coordinates a network of 500 Property Partners across England who do on-demand work such as viewings and inspections. In October 2017, No Agent opened an Operations Centre in the West Midlands to deal with the increasing demand for services.

No Agent Chair is Gillian Kent, the former CEO at Propertyfinder.com and the former MD of Microsoft MSN. Amongst the board members are Nick Hynes, former CEO and founder of Overture Europe and Carl Uminski, Co-Founder of Somo – world leading independent mobile transformation company.