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Report: Global Capital Flows Reach a Record $77.5 Billion

Following a lull due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cross-regional, global capital flows to the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Europe took a 60% year-over-year jump during the second half of 2021. According to a report from CBRE Research, activity reached a record $77.5 billion, with investors focused primarily on the industrial and logistics and office sectors.

The interactive report, available on the CBRE website, offered these findings:

  • Capital inflows to North America reached a five-year high of $27.3 billion (above the $10.5 billion reported in 2020). Most of the investment focused on industrial and residential buys.
  • The top North American investment inflow markets were New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
  • Europe received the most cross-regional capital inflows at $41 billion, with North American investment accounting for nearly 70% of the inflows. The top European investment markets were London, Milan, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam.
  • North America had the most outflows, at $40 billion. APAC reported the largest gap between inflows and outflows.
  • Capital inflows to APAC totaling $9.6 billion represented the highest within the past decade. Outflows from the region were also at a five-year high, and led by Singapore (which targeted U.S. industrial and logistics assets). Australia’s industrial and office sectors also experienced significant inflows.
  • Top APAC investment markets were Sydney, Singapore, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Beijing.

CBRE noted that “robust global cross-regional capital flows” to APAC, North America and Europe helped “catalyze a surge in global investment volume” during 2021. This was in direct contract to H2 2020, during which cross-regional capital flows flatlined, due market uncertainties caused by COVID. With travel restrictions easing and uncertainty starting to decrease, CBRE forecasted that investors from APAC and North America will likely remain active in other regions, “while the recovery of outflows from Europe and the Middle East likely will continue.

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