There has been a strong revival in occupier and investor activity in the major UK regional office markets recently, reversing the trend seen since the Global Financial Crisis and confounding the current slowdown seen in regional retail markets. The question is what is driving this increased demand and how sustainable is it?
Much is written about the ‘FANG’ stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix & Google) but it is actually Apple, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft that are amongst the largest 10 stocks in the benchmark. These companies are investor favourites and, in aggregate, they are holding up the US equity market in 2017. This is because underneath the 16.9% total return figure, the market is more in turmoil than many investors think.