October 9, 2019

Over the first half of 2019, Asian outbound direct investment into real estate amounted to approximately $20bn, led by Korean and Singaporean capital. While this sum reflected a moderate decline from the same period last year, drawing further conclusions with respect to investment preferences, trends and future direction is a more complicated matter. A dive below the headline numbers reveals a complex picture and seemingly contradictory developments. Long gone are the days when Asian capital could simply be characterized as chasing trophy office assets in US gateways and European capitals. Today, outbound investment flows from Asia vary not only by country and institution type, but risk tolerance and structural preferences are rapidly evolving and can change course quickly. 

While Korea and Singapore were the two most active sources of outbound direct investment from Asia in the first half of 2019, at $6.8bn and $5.7bn respectively, investors from these countries took very different pat...

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