July 27, 2016

Capital Markets in Focus – 2Q 2016.

Transaction volumes in Asia Pacific came in at USD 54 billion in the first half of 2016. Despite global looking uncertainly for investment opportunities, this result is stable compared with the same period last year. Volumes dipped slightly in the second quarter after strong performances in Singapore. Stable results in Japan and Australia were countered by lighter deal flows in Hong Kong and mainland China. Singapore outshone in the quarter with transaction volumes more than double those of the same period a year ago, helped by the sale of Asia Square Tower 1, the largest ever single-tower transaction in Asia Pacific.

Looking forward to the second half of 2016, we expect more deals in the pipeline. This is due to increased investor demand for a safe-haven and selling pressure from funds near expiry. Financial market volatility will likely enhance the attractiveness of some regional markets as a preferred destination for global capital.

Our latest quarterly report features city profiles across 10 major markets. We analyse key market fundamentals, the 12 month outlook and notable transactions.

Myles Huang
Local Director, Research, Asia Pacific Capital Markets, JLL
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