27 August 2020

Inbound capital to the U.S. dropped 34% in H1 2020, as global lockdown measures and market uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 crisis weighed on investment activity. EMEA, by far the leading source of inbound capital, was down by 48% year-over-year for H1. Latin America, by far the smallest source of inbound capital, was down by 84%. Canada and APAC were down by 22% and 10%, respectively. Higher inbound capital volumes in Q1 partially offset downturns in Q2 and helped limit H1 decreases, but investment from every region was down by approximately 70% year-over-year in Q2.

U.S. capital outflows were essentially unchanged from H1 2019, but 80% was deployed in Q1. U.S. investment in APAC decreased by 55% from Q1 to Q2 and in EMEA and the rest of the Americas was down by roughly 100%. Total U.S. outbound capital exceeded inbound capital by $8.2 billion in H1 2020 compared with $4.6 billion in H1 2019.

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