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The depreciation of the pound during 2016 has spurred increased investment in the UK from the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. At the same time, the market has experienced less capital inflow from the United States and global funds.
The divergent reaction points to the different motivations and strategies of these investors; currency movements are one of many investment considerations, and there is no 'one-size-fits-all' response. Private investors have responded to the depreciation more than institutions and global asset managers, and as a result they have become a more important driver of market sentiment and pricing.
As 2017 progresses, it is expected that global funds and institutions will return their focus to the UK, in response to relatively attractive pricing and as more evidence of occupational market resilience comes to light.
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29 March 2017