• Asian outbound investment moderated to US$53.8 billion in 2018, a decline of 36% y-o-y.

 

  • The fall was primarily due to portfolio reallocation by Chinese investors, who became net sellers amid a stronger focus on strengthening balance sheets and recycling capital for future outbound investments.

 

  • Singapore was the main source of outbound capital. Investors from Korea and Hong Kong also remained busy, while the period saw stronger activity from Malaysian and Indian capital.

 

  • London remained the top destination for Asian outbound investment due to its strong fundamentals and status as the preferred metropolitan area for first-time overseas buyers.