Commercially minded

UK residential property prices may have come off the boil, but demand for commercial property investments from institutional investors has remained strong. The problem is finding those wanting to hedge their property exposure. By John Ferry


UK property pundits are predicting a softening in housing prices over the next year. In July, UK house prices increased by 0.2%, having risen by a similar amount in June. But the annual rate of house inflation fell to 2.3% in July – the lowest rate since April 1996, according to figures from the Halifax, part of UK bank HBOS.

This has had a knock-on effect on the retail structured products market. At the end of last year, a string of property-linked structured products emerged in the UK, for the

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