1. Hong Kong investments in the UK
Hong Kong residents are purchasing multi-family properties, sometimes pooling their funds, to generate rental income in hopeful anticipation of securing a new British visa. It’s estimated that over 300,000 Hong Kong residents could emigrate over the next five years, triggering more than $36 billion in capital outflows in 2021.
2. Recreational cannabis
In 36 US states where cannabis has some legal status, owners of warehouses and retail space have been charging up to three times the market rate for businesses involved in cultivating, distributing, or selling cannabis. Owners say the premiums are justified by market risks and the challenges of meeting restrictions— especially while marijuana is a federally controlled substance.
3. Electric car charging stations
As electric vehicles gain popularity in the US, commercial interest in vehicle charging stations has grown—not to earn revenue from the "pumps," but to take advantage of drivers’ downtime while their cars are recharging for 15 to 50 minutes—time that drivers can use to shop at grocery stores, malls, or other commercial establishments.