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More About Student Housing Investments

There are several reasons why a student property investment can produce high yield returns – one being the number of students enrolling for higher education in the UK. The research we sighted indicates that:

  • a) In 2015, the student rental market grew above inflation, with Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield growing above mean.
  • b) Purpose built student accommodation have recently outperformed the traditional property sector in terms of total returns.
  • c) Higher capital growth on a comparable basis is another attractive feature.
  • d) The Knight Frank report is available upon request.

According to one student accommodation specialist (the full report is available on request): 

“The student buy-to-let market is now well established and has the ability to deliver a robust long-term, low-risk income stream. High quality developments in prime locations, preferably close to a university or city/town centre will help ensure the longevity of investor returns.”

“Student accommodation developments are designed and built specifically for the needs of students, while astute property investors are able to benefit from a high yielding and effortless income.”

“These privately-owned university apartments provide a safe and secure living environment, with space conducive to both study and socialising. This includes a range of appealing onsite facilities, such as gyms, games rooms, cinemas and study centres, as well as high speed Wi-Fi and Satellite TV.”

“Universities have for a long time failed to provide enough halls of residence to accommodate all their students, and have consequently had to give priority to first year students.”

“Thus, despite 85% of second year students preferring Purpose Built Student Accommodation, the vast majority of students have to settle for less desirable residential housing – often located on the outskirts of the city.”

“Such accommodation is often sub-standard and located in run-down areas far from university campuses. There are also additional hassles, such as having to find housemates, pay bills, and furnish the property. Landlords are often difficult to contact should there be any issues, such as a leaking tap, lost key or broken boiler, and thus standards regularly drop rapidly.”

“On top of this, the shortage of accommodation in the UK as a whole – with a shortfall of a million homes expected by 2022 – has resulted in strict limitations on students living in such properties.”

On The Threshold: The bricks of Brexit Britain can still build value for investors

By Alessandro Pasetti, 27 November.

It is not just me anymore.
“Europeans may not think much of the UK’s politics, but they still like the look of its real estate,” The Irish Times wrote earlier this month.
While the Irish are known for their sense of humour, this was serious stuff. It continued: “Brexit Britain will be the top destination for major European investors to snap up commercial property next year, according to a survey of executives managing more than £500 billion of real estate conducted by Knight Frank.” 

Relief

Firstly, it was a pleasure to find that, despite all the doom and gloom in the press, I am not alone in continuing to believe in UK real estate market opportunities, .

However, it would make for a big change if all the Brexit uncertainty disappears, mainly for the bears. Take this: “Britain has become cheaper than markets like France and Germany, where returns have shrunk in recent years as buyers have piled in,” The Irish Times added.

It makes a lot of sense, from a trade prospective, to be prepared to bite if you are selective. Outside the commercial real estate arena, whose prospects bode well for residential and other investments, there are also good signs of future heath in a market that needs more confidence as well as properties to satisfy demand, and where good deals could always entice foreigners ready to deploy capital. Warren Buffett is doing just that in the UK, in case you missed it.  

On the investment guru and his investment decisions, earlier this month Fortune wrote: “The tie-up with a luxury-property brokerage focused on London neighbourhoods including Mayfair and Hyde Park comes as Brexit hammers the UK housing market. Undeterred, the UK firm—now known as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay & Co.—plans to expand through acquisitions and joint ventures, and will add as many as 10 standalone offices in the next decade.”

Deals

Yes, the spotlight is on Brexit Britain, but the Inveztments team does not waste time on fluff: two brand new project entries, selected exclusively for you, have now formally launched. As the search of the best developers continues, so does a balanced risk/reward profile for the investment the team promotes.

Dealing with clients is not always easy, but the team does its best to satisfy all those needs that are central to the customer experience when they choose Inveztments.

Bearing this in mind, look at where the real estate investments if offers are located and the kind of upside these locations offer on a global scale.

IBM this year screened the world for cities that are true gems, based on several aspects. In its own words, research was performed based on “What factors are driving foreign direct investment and impacting economic growth around the world”; “Where is foreign direct investment originating and which countries and regions are benefiting”; “What must government and economic developers do to navigate the new era of Globalisation 4.0.”

The report, headed “2018 Global Location Trends” clearly identifies three cities where the managing directors of Inveztments have talked of and done real estate business for decades.

The one topping the list … drum roll … is London, which is slowing big time in terms of investment projects (the amount of capital and jobs it has attracted on various levels from foreigners, quantifiable as “FDI”), but is still the leader worldwide in terms of investing attractiveness. Then, look at Liverpool and Manchester, on the global scale. Even Birmingham made the list, although I doubt its Indian cuisine, arguably some of the best on the planet, had anything to do with the achievement.

(Source: IBM)

In terms of FDI, the UK has inevitably lost appeal, but it still comes fifth in the global rankings, ahead of Germany, Russia, France, Canada and a few others.

(Source: IBM)

The Inveztments portfolio of projects has been trimmed lately in a pursuit of true excellence.

The two latest additions are shown below

Full details can be found here and here.

In a nutshell:

A) Aura (Liverpool, student)

From £64,950
Net Yield – 8% per year for five years
Modern en-suite & self-contained studio apartments arranged in clusters
Desirable knowledge quarter location

B) Parliament Square (Liverpool, residential)

From £94,950
Net Yield – 7% per year for one year
One, two & three bedroom apartments plus 16th floor penthouse
Located in the Baltic Triangle

Why wait?

(This post was written by Alessandro Pasetti. Ale is the founder of Hedging Beta Ltd. He writes about investment strategy and assets valuation for European clients as well as Seeking Alpha, The Loadstar, Transport Intelligence and others. Based in London, he previously worked for about five years at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, producing analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of London-based Loan Radar, where he worked for three years. He had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London, HVB in Munich, and Unicredit in Milan.

It was edited by Gavin van Marle, managing editor of London-based The Loadstar. Gavin is also the author of the book Around the World in Freighty Ways: Adventures in Globalisation. He has won numerous awards, including the Seahorse Journalist of the Year 2011 and 2009, and Supply Chain Journalist of the Year 2010 and 2014.)

 

 

Liverpool

 From £64,950
Net Yield – 8% Per Year For 5 Years
Modern En-Suite & Self-Contained Studio Apartments Arranged In Clusters
Desirable Knowledge Quarter Location

Find Out More About Aura

On The Threshold: To Infinity and beyond...

By Alessandro Pasetti, 21 October.

The team of Inveztments has often warned real estate investors about the intrinsically volatile nature of financial markets and related asset classes such as equities, bonds and currencies. However, if you are on risk-off mode and sniffing opportunities that put funds to work, we might have something right for you: three property development gems – Infinity Waters, The Baltic 56 and Opto Student – could be ideal choices in a UK environment where several speculative investments are under significant pressure.

Landscape

Before moving to the most attractive projects marketed by Inveztments, here are a few examples of what it means to be invested in riskier assets in the UK and elsewhere nowadays.

Volatility, which has normalised in the low teens for a long time now, has recently surged to the 20s. It is still relatively low by historic standards, but nervousness is building among financial investors.

(Source Yahoo Finance)

Meanwhile, Gilt yields have risen significantly (similar trends, for different reasons, apply to benchmark interest rates in most developed economies), hence bond values have fallen.

Domestically, more pain is likely in the fixed-income market as the Bank of England prepares for another hike early next year, although when the second base rate rise since 2008 was announced in early August – thanks to a strong labour market and credit growth –the potential benefits, which should have boosted Sterling, were completely offset by bearish sentiment. Essentially, the move was already priced-in, and the pound failed to surge after mildly hawkish monetary policies were implemented, affected by fears of a no-deal Brexit.

(Source: Bloomberg)

Unsurprisingly, small caps were hammered, while the FTSE 100 also suffered, given pressure on bonds, Brexit uncertainty and a bounce in Sterling, although macroeconomic data was still acceptable.

(Source: Yahoo Finance)

(Source Yahoo Finance)

(Note for the reader: the situation has been even worse for many Italian clients who are long on financial assets in their domestic market, as equities slumped lately and large paper losses were recorded by those who have invested in bonds, given fast-rising spreads and yields.)

Our proposition

Infinity Waters tops the list: this is a residential property development located in the highly desirable Liverpool Waterfront, a prime area, which is benefiting from over £5bn worth of investment. The development is well positioned to appeal to the city’s thriving rental market, and demand from investors has been solid so far.

“We have dealt with several projects and developers over the years, and Infinity stands out on both counts,” Tonino Montesanti says. “It was well received, and we expect more interest ahead of closing.”

One year ahead of completion, the required disbursement is below the £100,000 threshold, with a steady 7% yield for three years.

If you are not familiar with Liverpool, and you want to find out what is truly unique about this flagship UK city and its amenities, please click here and here. World-class facilities are an obvious attraction, as well as the changing skyline: “the three towers will soar 27, 33 and 39 storeys high, with the tallest emerging as one of the city’s highest residential buildings,” the marketing material says.

If the cherry on the cake of residential development market is Infinity Waters, The Baltic 56, in the student accommodation segment, is the cream filling.

The initial cash outlay is significantly lower, given that the project offers self-contained studios – some of the largest available in the local market – from only £77,950 per unit, as well as a slightly higher yield for a longer period of time than Infinity; and, notably, a rather quick delivery for investors who cannot wait to deploy capital (click here for the full details).

Finally, in the student niche one of the flagship projects is Opto Student, based in Newcastle, whose strategic location and features are highlighted in the picture below. Perfectly positioned to cater to the rising demand for purpose-built student accommodation in the city, it is only slightly more expensive than The Baltic 56.

Give us a call or contact our team here if you have any queries.

(This post was written by Alessandro Pasetti. Ale is the founder of Hedging Beta Ltd. He writes about investment strategy and assets valuation for European clients as well as Seeking Alpha, The Loadstar, Transport Intelligence and others. Based in London, he previously worked for about five years at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, producing analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of London-based Loan Radar, where he worked for three years. He had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London, HVB in Munich, and Unicredit in Milan.

It was edited by Gavin van Marle, managing editor of London-based The Loadstar. Gavin is also the author of the book Around the World in Freighty Ways: Adventures in Globalisation. He has won numerous awards, including the Seahorse Journalist of the Year 2011 and 2009, and Supply Chain Journalist of the Year 2010 and 2014.)

 

On The Threshold: Liverpool & Manchester building on the foundations of history

By Alessandro Pasetti, 31 May

The high turnover of the real estate portfolio of Inveztments testifies to the quality of the projects that have been marketed by its team in the past year.
But what’s the secret sauce?
In a nutshell, the ultimate choice between picking multiple real estate investments/projects and only the best projects/property investment available on the market always leans towards the latter.

Coming soon

As new investment opportunities are about to be announced – full details of three outstanding UK-based developments will be released shortly – Invezments managing directors continue to witness strong market appetite outside London. It is easy to argue that Liverpool and Manchester, in particular, continue to thrive is deeply rooted in their past achievements as well as in their reputation and bright prospects, regardless of the risk posed by Brexit.

To sum up where the portfolio stands, sold-out projects in the residential segment include:

– Salisbury Place, Liverpool

– Halifax House, Liverpool

– Downtown, Manchester

– Sir Thomas, Liverpool (pictured below)

– Reliance House, Liverpool

Attractive yields and strategic locations contributed to the success of most of these property deals, while student accommodation, another buoyant segment, also shone.

The projects that easily gathered interest were:

– Orme House, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

– Oakwood House, Sheffield

– Beaumont Square, Plymouth

– Phoenix Place, Liverpool

– QStudios, Stoke (pictured below)

Ancillary business

Outside the core competencies of the team, the hotels space also proved attractive. Eden Country (Cumbria), Afan’s land plots (Wales), Wyncliffe House (Wales, Fishguard), The Harland (Scarborough) and The Atlantic Bay (Woolacombe) are all sold out.

Clearly, market appetite spanned several cities, including Leeds and Sheffield, but Liverpool and Manchester remained the top performers.

If you want to know more about the competitive landscape and outlook there, it could be worth spending some time reading this research published earlier this year by Knight Frank, which also contains very useful data on the commercial property landscape and the development pipeline.

What is still available?

Focus is mainly on the residential segment, with the existing portfolio comprising:

– Fabric, Liverpool (please contact the team directly)

– 8 Water Street, Liverpool (please contact the team directly)

– Infinity Waters, Liverpool (this promises to be a gem; pictured below)

– Oxygen, Manchester

– North House, Liverpool

– Whitehall Road, Leeds

– Grapnel House, Manchester

As far student accommodation investments are concerned, One Islington Plaza (Liverpool) has recently gone, but elsewhere Afan Valley Resort (Wales, hotels) remains available, requiring different levels of commitment and returns.

Aside from the economics that each deal offers, which can be privately discussed with the team, we highlight below some news reports that should help you understand what kind of investment you might be undertaking, if you are not familiar with the history of either city.

Firstly, Liverpool.

1 of 3: Liverpool to Manchester railway: the first railway line to open in Britain

According to the BBC “the Liverpool to Manchester Railway, completed in 1830, was the first successful railway line to open in Britain”.

Why?

– It proved that a cheaper and more efficient alternative to canals was now available

– It was the first commercial railway line designed to carry paying passengers as well as cargo

– It made the trade and transportation of raw, heavy and bulky materials between Liverpool and Manchester easier

– It allowed fresh dairy and agricultural produce from rural Lancashire to be delivered to towns and cities

– It was a financial success and people suddenly realised that railways could provide huge profits

Over a decade ago, The Telegraph also noted that it “was the first successful passenger-carrying railway in the world. Trials for Stephenson’s Rocket were carried out at Rainhill in 1829.”

Liverpool to Manchester railway (Source: World on Trains)

2 of 3: The Queensway Tunnel … cutting-edge mobility

“On the 18th July 1934, over 200,000 people gathered at the Old Haymarket to watch King George V and Queen Mary, officially open the Queensway tunnel,” the BBC explains.

“Amongst those chosen to welcome the Royal party were Lord Mayor Councillor John Strong, Sir Thomas White, Chair of the Joint Tunnel Committee, Lord Sefton and Chief Constable A.K. Wilson. Liverpool City Police Band provided the music.”

The Queensway Tunnel (Source: Gutted Arcade of the Past)

3 of 3: Liverpool Streets

“The streets of Liverpool are fascinating, starting with the very early ones in the centre of the city – or borough as we should call it, because Liverpool wasn’t a city until the 1880s. Prior to that it was a town and a borough, the medieval borough was of course founded by King John in 1207, and the king’s representative, a bailiff or someone similar, laid out the first original streets of Liverpool – and those are still important thoroughfares…Chapel Street, Bank Street (now Water Street), Castle Street, Dale Street, Tithebarn Street (formerly Moore street) and Juggler Street (High Street).”

(Source: BBC, link here)

Water Street (Source: Streets of Liverpool)

“In addition to granting it a royal charter, King John designed Liverpool’s original street plan of seven streets laid out in a ‘H’ shape.”

(Source: Traveling with the Jones, click here for more details.)

Enter Manchester.

1 of 5: Great minds

Did you know that the atom was first split in Manchester?

“There are few discoveries in science that can be said to have changed the world but one must surely be the ‘splitting of the atom’ by Ernest Rutherford in Manchester.”

(Source: BBC, click here to read the full article.)

2 of 5: University of Manchester

You have heard about the first programmable computer, haven’t you?

“On June 21, 1948, shortly after 11am, the Small Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM) – nicknamed The Baby – executed its first program. The Baby changed the world and was the forerunner of all modern computers, iPods, mobile phones and other gadgets we take for granted today.”

(Source: The University of Manchester, click here for more details.)

Baby — The first programmable computer (Source: YouTube)

3 of 5: 25 Nobel Prize winners

“The University of Manchester has a rich academic history. We can lay claim to 25 Nobel laureates among our current and former staff and students.”

(Source: The University of Manchester, more here.)

Sir Joseph John Thomson was an English physicist and Nobel Laureate in Physics, credited with the discovery and identification of the electron (Source: ThoughtCo)

4 of 5: Chetham’s library: the oldest public library in Britain

“It’s the oldest public library in Britain, and is home to more than 120,000 books, maps and manuscripts, some dating back as far as the 13th century.”

(Source: Manchester Evening News, to learn more about this topic please click here.)

The Chetham’s library (Source: Trip Advisor)

5 of 5: Finally… it is listed among the 10 world’s greatest cities in 2018!

“After a tough 2017, locals said that the best thing about Manchester is that ‘We carry on, no matter what.’ It’s also the place with the most people who can’t get through the day without a cuppa, while its great drinking scene, live music and friendliness saw it end up ranked seventh,” TimeOut wrote earlier this year.

The most exciting cities in the world (Source: Time Out)

(This post was written by Alessandro Pasetti. Ale is the founder of Hedging Beta Ltd. He writes about investment strategy and assets valuation for European clients as well as Seeking Alpha, The Loadstar, Transport Intelligence and others. Based in London, he previously worked for about five years at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, producing analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of London-based Loan Radar, where he worked for three years. He had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London, HVB in Munich, and Unicredit in Milan.

It was edited by Gavin van Marle, managing editor of London-based The Loadstar. Gavin is also the author of the book Around the World in Freighty Ways: Adventures in Globalisation. He has won numerous awards, including the Seahorse Journalist of the Year 2011 and 2009, and Supply Chain Journalist of the Year 2010 and 2014. )

 

Inveztments On The Road: The Spotlight On Water Street

It is a good time to be on the hunt for a deal in the British real estate market.

Earlier this month ABC Money wrote that “although many UK investors have been straight onto the student property trend, investors from overseas are no strangers to this flourishing market that owes itself to the solid foundations of the UK’s higher education system. With most student properties fully-managed by local agencies, investors can commit to a venture in the student sector from the comfort of their home country.”

There are similar trends in the residential segment of the real estate market, and there are plenty of reasons why Liverpool, in particular, continues to attract new investment. In short, its property market stands out as one of the most alluring spots in the UK, given the yield and capital appreciation it offers.

On the road

Tonino Montesanti, managing director of Inveztments, has been on the road with clients to show them what it really means to invest in one of the most dynamic economic hubs in the UK.

In the following videos you’ll learn more about two flagship projects that were recently sold out — Sir Thomas (student and residential) and Reliance House (residential).

As far as another key development is concerned, 8 Water Street, books are now closed for phase one, but the good news is phase two is about to launch — click here and contact the team to learn more.

(Our British clients and readers are kindly asked to click on “cc” in the appropriate section of each video and select “English” in order to be able to upload the subtitles before clicking “play”.)

Sir Thomas from the outside
Sir Thomas: Interiors and common areas (1 of 2)
Sir Thomas: Interiors and common areas (2 of 2)
Sir Thomas: Heading to the rooms…
Sir Thomas: Here’s what you are buying 
Next stop: 8 Water Street
8 Water Street: More details
Reliance House: Sold Out, up over 10% in value in just one year 
More about the surroundings…
… and, finally, from the Three Graces to Albert Dock.

 

Why wait to make your next investment?

Hit the road with Tonino or contact the team of Inveztments to discuss the prospects of their flagship projects!

Inveztments On The Road: Liverpool Beckons

By The Editorial Team, 29 March 2018.

Tonino Montesanti, managing director of Inveztments, has been on the road since the beginning of the year to track the development of several projects his company has marketed over the past 12 months. Its latest trip was documented by a series of videos — some can be found here, while others will be uploaded on Facebook as well as this platform next month. Tonino flew from Malaga to Liverpool, where the typical British spring was unforgiving, as usual… never mind, money doesn’t care about the weather.

(Our British clients and readers are kindly asked to click on “cc” in the appropriate section of each video and select “English” in order to be able to upload the subtitles before clicking “play”.

From John Lennon Airport…
…to Mathew Street (L2 6RE)
…stopping by the Cavern Club…
…it’s always worth spending time in the city centre…
…before ending up at One Islington Plaza!
Here’s what we should expect to see only 100 meters away from One Islington Plaza
…before checking out the latest developments of Phoenix Place, which will be completed in the fourth quarter. 
Finally, Infinity Waters…

 

If you want to hit the road with Tonino and/or you wish to contact the team of Inveztments to discuss the prospects of their flagship projects, please click here.

On The Threshold: Opportunities shrouded amidst the risks of British mists

By Alessandro Pasetti, 17 January 2018.

Inveztments’ managing directors are looking forward to another very rewarding year that promises to be eventful for the company they lead. This week they shared with me their vision, discussing why and how their efforts are going to pay dividends, whether or not certain risks that weigh on the UK’s political landscape will play out as bears expect them to.  

(Source: Pinterest)

A Pivotal Year 

“Firstly, I wish each and every new and old follower, client and investor a great 2018, which already got off to a great start for us,” co-founder Elisa Vezzani recently told me. The usual politeness of her words was reassuring, as well as the commitment to sharing her knowledge and excitement for real estate opportunities.  

(To learn more about Elisa Vezzani, MD and co-founder of Inveztments, please click here.)

“We are incredibly focused – looking closely at two sub-sectors that will deliver awesome returns for years to come.” 

Her husband and business partner, Tonino Montesanti, added: “We had six new clients lined up over the Christmas break, and we’ll have more coming soon given our fresh pipeline of projects in the residential and student accommodation fields.” 

(To learn more about Tonino Montesanti, MD and co-founder of Inveztments, please click here.)

“The question now is how swiftly we’ll grow in what we consider to be a pivotal year for our business.” 

Break, what break? 

Their Christmas break spanned Italy, Spain and the UK, where their attention was devoted to residential properties and student accommodation rather than other niches in the marketplace, as well as to meetings with clients and striking deals. 

Three projects that recently launched captured their attention, and belong to their portfolio – click here and here to discover the full details of two flagship developments and, always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Inveztments Team to find out more about projects that are not advertised on the corporate website.

Consider that two of the new developments require investments of £62,995 and £124,000 – offering net yields of 8% and 7% respectively – so the initial commitment and all-in returns vary depending on the project you choose. But be quick, and do not be shy picking up the phone to talk to Elisa and Tonino.

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“There will be some changes this as year as we plan to build closer relationships with our investors and partners, thus the decision not to advertise all our property package on the web as well as the intention to spend even more time on the ground with the developers, producing videos and even more research material for our international clients,” Elisa told me.  

But how are these segments faring?  

Residential and student accommodation in the UK top the list of likely best performers due to a scarcity of residential properties and ongoing high demand for student beds, while Brexit risk so far plays only a minor role in determining market trends for these two niches.  

If you want to know more about trends in the student accommodation market, you are advised to read the following stories:

Property Reporter (PR), a reliable source of real estate information, recently echoed other market reports, noting that “while the media have rightly observed that the upper end of the London market cooled off slightly in 2017, it is important to remember that the UK property market is not a monolith.”  

“Northern cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham continued to perform extremely well last year, offering investors fantastic yields and capital growth.” 

Hamish Pound, investment manager at IP Global, told PR he believes “that we will not see the kind of ‘black swan’ event that many commentators believe will derail the residential market.”

He added: “Some anticipate that fallout from the ongoing Brexit negotiations will severely dampen the market – but this is now looking increasingly unlikely.”

As far as Brexit in concerned, he concluded that the “reality is that any deal or lack thereof is unlikely to alter the market’s strong fundamentals, or lead to a seismic reduction in demand for accommodation”, and I would agree with such a bullish stance, which reinforces the view that there are hotspots appealing to investors looking for a balanced capital allocation, and one which boasts a solid profile in terms of investment liquidity.  

As a reminder, look at how much a residential investment was worth across the UK in 2005, just a couple of year before the Great Crisis…

(Source: ONS)

… and then compare England’s figures with the latest official data published by the Office for National Statistics.

(Source: ONS)

Even London, with its “troubles”, remains one of the most liquid markets worldwide in the highly risky commercial property arena, according to recent research highlighted in the table below. 

(Source: CBRE)

Of course, we have sighted house prices for the final quarter of the year, and the recent “retracement” was not unexpected for those who closely follow the market — we had surely anticipated the possibility of sellers trying to cash in, even at lower prices. Seasonality plays a part in market negotiations, and that is often a misunderstood element in the equation because it represents the multiplier that could boost all-in returns and capital appreciation, or hamper them if the time of the sale is not right.

If you want to know more about how to manage risk and the full details of the latest projects, please contact the team here.

(This post was written by Alessandro Pasetti. Ale is the founder of Hedging Beta Ltd. He writes about investment strategy and assets valuation for European clients as well as Seeking Alpha. Based in London, he previously worked for about five years at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, producing analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of London-based Loan Radar, where he worked for three years. He had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London, HVB in Munich, and Unicredit in Milan. 

It was edited by Gavin van Marle, managing editor of London-based The Loadstar. Gavin is also the author of the book Around the World in Freighty Ways: Adventures in Globalisation. He has won numerous awards, including the Seahorse Journalist of the Year 2011 and 2009, and Supply Chain Journalist of the Year 2010 and 2014. )