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ATTRACTIVE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UK PROPERTY MARKET DESPITE BREXIT

By Javed Khattak

Zisk Properties: Flexible Investments & Profitable Outcomes

 

Investing in the UK property market is still a good idea, even though experts say house prices may be flat in the first half of 2019. There are still many property hot spots in the UK despite the Brexit uncertainties: One has to know where to look.

 

While it seems that Brexit has only affected high-value properties (over £2 million) in London and other cities, the average house prices are continuing to rise across the UK, due to the positive price movements witnessed in the regional markets. The weakening of the pound has also made the UK property market attractive to foreign investors, thus keeping the UK property market afloat, even if some experts say it is barely so.

 

Javed Khattak

Zisk Properties was founded by two brothers, Javed and Zafer, in 2016 to help solve the challenges that exist in buying and investing in the property market.

Property markets are slow to evolve, opaque and inefficient. While some countries like the UK are better than others, there is still significant scope to innovate and improve.

 

Areas that need consideration include making transactions more efficient, faster, increasing security (more relevant for certain countries), reducing the number of parties involved in a transaction, and most importantly, reducing costs. In addition, there are a considerable number of challenges associated with purchasing an investment property, including:

 

  • Large lump sums required;
  • Having access to good property deals through a strong network in the property market;
  • A complicated and daunting process;
  • The hassle to manage all the involved stakeholders – sellers, estate agents, lawyers and surveyors;
  • Extremely time-consuming – a property transaction can easily take up to 6 months or even longer. Furthermore, managing a property effectively not only requires time but also relevant skills and experience.

 

Zisk Properties was founded precisely to tackle these challenges, with the aim to innovate while helping everyone (who qualifies) to invest in properties with ease and convenience.

 

The use of latest technologies and data analytics, combined with crowdfunding business concept and an FCA registered fund structure are the key elements Zisk Properties utilises to enable it to become a future leader in the property market and pave a way for a better future.

 

Here are some property hot spots to look out for in 2019:

 

BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham is the host to  5 university campuses and has the third largest inflow of graduates in the entire country. The accessibility of daily commute to London means Birmingham stands a chance for migration of working professionals. The predicted influx of workers coming to live in Birmingham and a projected population growth of c. 15% over the next 20 years makes it a potential property market to look out for in the near future.

 

LIVERPOOL

Factors such as growth in property prices in the past 5 years and the predicted rise in population by 12% play a vital role for Liverpool to be considered as a potential property investment hotspot. Ongoing construction and regeneration projects launched in Liverpool also make it a preferable place for investors looking for recently built properties.

 

MANCHESTER

Typically referred to as the ‘London of the North’, Manchester has always been one of the prime hotspots for investors, and the trend might continue in the second-half of 2019 as well. In addition to having the MetroLink tram extensions and attracting foreign investments, Manchester also attracts a considerable number of young people to invest in properties. ROI on rental properties is currently at c. 8% and with more than 30% properties being a potential source for private rentals, properties in Manchester can prove to be a brilliant investment.

 

NORTHAMPTON

The lead time for any property to be sold and house prices growth in a particular area are positively correlated with the high demand for investments. Properties in Northampton are currently making the shift from “Available” to “Sold Out” in just a period of 33 days. 5% increase in house prices was also observed in the last quarter of 2018 in this area. These factors make Northampton being a potentially great prospect for property investments.

 

Despite the adverse predictions of experts regarding house prices, due to weakened currency combined with various local factors, the hot spots listed above should be on your list if you are considering a long-term property investment.

 

Further Information:

 

Javed Khattak is a successful serial entrepreneur, an established C-suite executive and an award-winning CFO. However, the young entrepreneur’s path to success hasn’t always been easy. Javed reveals exclusively to Global Banking and Finance Review how he is leading the property market with flexible investments and profitable outcomes.

 

 

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WHAT LIFESTYLE DO YOU WANT IN RETIREMENT?

By Jaco Prinsloo, Certified financial planner, Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants

 

The answer to this question will be different for everyone, so here are some things to think about:

 

Does it seem a long time away?

If you are under the age of 40, the chances are that thinking seriously about retirement may not be top of mind. The Covid-19 pandemic, sending the kids to school, disrupted holidays, and everyone’s health are more likely to be a concern. The fact is that you have time on your side, so now is the time to DO something and start saving. Consider this:

If you’re 25 and you save R500 a month for 40 years, with an investment return of 10% a year, you will have R3 188 390 at the age of 65.

If you’re 45 and you save R1 000 a month for 20 years, with the same return of 10% a year,

you will only have R765 697 at the age of 65.

The investment amount is the same, but it is compound interest (the interest on your interest) that makes the difference, because you have longer to invest. The key message here is: Make a start, no matter how small – it will add up over time.

 

Does retirement seem fairly close?

If you are over the age of 40, then retirement saving may well be on your radar, and if you are over 60 then you are probably seriously contemplating what retirement will look like for you.

 

Check what you have

Most people have worked in more than one job over the years and you may have a store of various pension pots waiting to be claimed as you moved from one place of work to another. Contact your ex-employers to see who administers these pensions or talk to a financial adviser to help you track down any hidden pots of gold. Those annual statements that are stuffed into a file somewhere may be very handy now. If you have moved address since you last worked at a company, make sure that you inform the scheme administrators so that they can send you up-to-date information – that is a responsibility many people forget.

 

Think about the lifestyle you would like in retirement

The days of working full time and stopping at retirement are now quite rare. People are generally still healthy in their 60s and many enjoy the social and mental aspects of working. Part-time working is becoming more common and now that ‘working from home’ is practically the norm, employers are being more flexible on hours. A ’phased’ retirement is much more common nowadays.

As a rule of thumb, you should plan for 60-75% of the amount you are earning before retirement once you actually retire. This can vary greatly depending on what you want to do. For many it can be the opportunity to travel or turn to a hobby full time. Some become carers for grandchildren or turn to volunteer and charity work. It is worth calculating a budget of what you think you will need. Don’t forget to factor in the impact of inflation; what you have today may not buy you the same in the future.

Often people focus on the early active years of retirement and forget that they may slow down over time. Some seniors will require nursing care and move to a frail care facility if their health becomes more fragile. It is best to start planning for that day early if you think you’ll need it.

 

How do I get there?

Once you have thought about what you might need in retirement and how long until you get there, you need to consider how much to save and to make your money grow.

 

Group retirement funds

If you are working and your employer offers a pension or provident fund, then make sure you join as soon as you can. You can contribute up to 27.50% of your salary – try to contribute as much as you can. Your employer will explain the fund rules to you and the investment choices available. If you’re not sure, then speak to a financial adviser.

 

Personal retirement funds

Suppose you don’t have access to an employer fund. In that case, you need to set up a personal pension, also known as a retirement annuity fund. Our advisers can help you with this.

 

Tax relief

You can contribute and deduct up to 27.50% of your taxable income or remuneration – whichever amount is the greater – against your personal income tax. This would reduce the amount of tax you are currently paying.

 

Investment decisions

How you invest your retirement funds will be important in helping you have the lifestyle you want in retirement. You may be new to investing and naturally want to avoid taking any risks with your money. The longer you have to invest, the more time your money has to recover from any downturn in the market, so don’t be afraid to take some risk.

Make sure you understand what you are buying and avoid anything offering outrageous returns; the current interest rate on bank deposit accounts is less than 6%, so anything offering returns above 10% a year must have considerable risk.

Our advisers will always recommend you hold some cash for emergencies but keeping your retirement savings in cash will not give you any growth on your money at all. Worse still, the impact of inflation over the long term will mean that your cash will buy less when you retire.

Understand how much risk you are willing to take; you don’t want to be up all night worrying that your money might be lost and you don’t want to sleepwalk into a retirement with no income. You need to take a sensible amount of risk to achieve a reasonable return.

 

Will I have enough?

 Remember that on average you are likely to live for 18 to 21 years after you retire and many people live well into their 90s now, so your money has to work hard to provide you with a decent income. Review your retirement plans once a year with your adviser to see if you are on track, be prepared to take action and stay focused on the lifestyle you want to live in retirement.

 

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CHECKLISTS FOR CHOOSING A CORRECT TRADING MENTOR

The trading mentor should be proficient in the particular field and have proper cognition about the field. The duty of the mentor is to help the beginners to improve their trading performance. If the mentor has a lack of experience, he or she will not able to help others. The newcomers face different types of problems when they arrive in the field of Forex, so they become disoriented. At this time, a trading coach can help them to deal with the situation. So, this is very important to choose a good one. Let’s know about the checklist for making the selection of a good one.

 

Full-Time Trader

The mentor should be a full-time trader so that he or she can understand the current market position. If the person cannot practice now, he or she will not able to give the proper solutions to the beginners. So, the traders who trade regularly by managing the money can help others. You also find out that he or she has proper experience in your zone. When the person will invest time to learn about the market, he or she will able to gain more knowledge and ability to help others.

 

Be Successful

If the coach is not successful in his or her field, he or she will not able to help others. Successful investors have the power to inspire others. The fresher will also get motivation when he or she sees that the mentor has gained success. So, they try to learn from him or her properly. The person also needs to share his or her wisdom with others. People should bear in mind that 5% to 10% of traders are successful in the Forex field. So, when you make the choice, you have to be careful. You can also see the features of Rakuten. And we believe, if you analyze their premium offer, you will definitely say let’s trade with Rakuten as they provide professional environment to the retail traders.

 

Motivational and inspirational

If the person cannot able to motivate others for working hard, he or she will not become a good mentor. The coach should inspire the beginners so that they can go forward. The newcomers cannot ignore the emotional components so they cannot able to think for the better. In this situation, the coach can help by inspiring the. If the professional able to increase the confidence level of the fresher by motivating them, you should choose him or her. On the other hand, some are not so bothered about the beginners’ performance, so they should not choose them.

 

Should Respect the Fresher’s Trading Style

The investors have their own styles and preferences. People also need to give priority to their own patterns which will help them to trade independently. The person should try to demonstrate their individuality in the Forex market. If the coach tries to change the style of the trader, this will not better for him or her. When the mentor will not show proper respect for your trading style, you will not able to be comfortable with him or her. Here, he or she will always try to change you. So, investors should aware of this fact.

The coach will help the investors to identify the new opportunity and will increase the thirst for gaining knowledge. They will not able to ensure success but they can able to show the right path. Some mentors are not able to provide authentic information. So, this is not an easy task to find a suitable one. An honest coach can support people in a difficult situation. On the other hand, a dishonest mentor can destroy the career of the fresher. So, the investors are required to check the review and they can also take suggestions from the others to select a suitable person. If the coach demands money from you, then you should understand that he or she is not the right choice.

 

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