Annual investment volumes topped £50bn for the seventh year running, helped by a stellar performance in late December. In 2020, so far, anecdotal evidence suggests that improved political certainty has already led to a considerable pick-up in activity despite recent negative headlines about year-end economic weakness. Official forecasts show subdued economic activity for 2020, but sustained real wage growth, impending fiscal stimulus, a return of business investment and an increasingly likely rate cut will all support the economy and buoy confidence further. The risks look decidedly to the upside, despite unresolved EU issues. The election brought much needed tax and regulatory certainty that has encouraged both domestic and cross border investors.
Director of Economics and Research
Research and Forecasting
London - West End
Oliver is Head of Economic Research and leads the quarterly UK forecasting process including the publication of Colliers' Real Estate Investment Forecasts (REIF) report. He also authors the monthly Property Snapshot and, quarterly Scotland Snapshot. Prior to joining Colliers, he worked for the Centre for Economics and Business Research and IHS Markit. Oliver holds a BA in Economics from Georg-August University Göttingen (Germany) and an MSc in Economics from Exeter University.