Research - MARCH 14, 2017

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$435b of new global capital targets commercial real estate

by Andrea Waitrovich

Some $435 billion in new capital is available for global real estate investment in 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s annual Great Wall of Money report, a small drop from 2016’s peak but the second-highest figure recorded since 2009.

The report shows, for the first time, more capital is targeting the Americas than Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Capital targeting EMEA shrunk 9 percent in U.S. dollar terms to $130 billion, while capital targeting the Americas grew 2 percent to $173 billion and Asia posted a marginal increase to $132 billion.

Increasingly, investors are concentrating on single-country strategies rather than deploying capital across multiple borders. Single-country investments now represent 61 percent of available capital, up 55 percent over the past three years. Based on Cushman & Wakefield estimates, the United States is likely to remain the most targeted investment market in 2017.

China is expected to remain the se

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