Global investment volumes down but not out

Following a better than expected second quarter, Savills believes global investment activity in 2019 could end up in line with 2017, during which US$1.7tn (£1.4tn) was invested.

Global investment volumes were around 4% down at the end of June compared with last year, despite increased uncertainty and a Q1 that finished 17% down on 2018.

Cross-border capital flows have also slowed, with H1 2019 volumes 20% below the same period in 2018. The biggest fall by value was outbound flows from Europe, with $43.8bn invested in H1 2019, a 26% fall compared with the same period last year.