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Chart: Activity on Asia Pacific’s Busiest Capital Highways

By on November 10th, 2020

In the below chart we present the 25 biggest trade routes in Asia Pacific and illustrate how cross-border investment has behaved during this pandemic year. Novel capital flows, such as Austrian investors spending in China and Saudi players investing in Singapore, may be interesting from an anecdotal perspective, but market liquidity is ultimately driven by the most well traveled capital highways.

The Singapore-to-China capital flow, for instance, is third biggest in the region over time. The likes of GIC, Mapletree, and CapitaLand have all built up extensive teams on the ground, and this has kept deals flowing despite the breakdown in global business travel.

Hong Kong’s recent pickup in inflows was primarily due to a moderate increase from mainland China, but overall volume remains below average. Flows from Singapore and the U.S., both significant capital sources for Hong Kong in the past, evaporated in 2020 so far.

A big surprise in 2020 has been the absence of U.S. capital into Australia. This flow, which was the fifth largest trade route historically, showed a 94% year-over-year decline. European investors stepped up in Australia this year. While the U.K.’s triple-digit growth comes from a single large deal, German investment derives from a wider, more diversified investment base.

APAC top 25 cross-border capital flows


This chart first appeared in the Q3 2020 edition of Asia Pacific Capital Trends. Clients of Real Capital Analytics <<click here>> to download this report from the RCA website. To learn more about how RCA’s reports, data and tools can inform your investment decisions, contact us.

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Benjamin Chow

Head of Analytics, Asia

Benjamin Chow is the Head of Analytics for Asia, based in RCA’s Singapore office and a lead author on Asia Pacific Capital Trends. His expertise spans both the commercial and residential real estate markets in Asia Pacific.