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International investment, ownership and risk in the City of London office market: an analysis of trends 1972-1997

By Andrew Baum and Colin Lizieri


Office returns in the City of London are more volatile than in other UK markets. This volatility may reflect fluctuations in capital flows associated with changing patterns of ownership and the growing linkage between real estate and financial markets in the City. Using current and historical data, patterns of ownership in the City are investigated. They reveal that overseas ownership has grown markedly since 1985, that owners are predominantly FIRE sector firms and that there are strong links between ownership and occupation. This raises concerns about future volatility and systemic risk

Publisher: University of Reading
Year: 1998
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