UK Capital Markets 2019/2020 Review & Outlook

Produced by JLL’s market leading Research & Strategy team, this report tells who bought what, where and why last year, and what could influence your investment strategies over the next year.

February 11, 2020

JLL’s UK Capital Markets Review & Outlook highlights some of the key investment trends seen in 2019 and what to look out for moving into 2020. We also reveal the results of our recent investor survey, with themes including sustainable investment and the Living sectors.

Alistair Meadows, Head of Capital Markets, UK, JLL

“Final volumes of £50bn in 2019 offered a small upside surprise, as a stronger Q4 boosted the annual total past our forecast. The Living sectors continue to grow and again saw record breaking transaction volumes and accounted for the largest ever share of overall investment. North American capital, from both the USA and Canada, was very active in the UK last year and is likely to remain so. Combined with the anticipated increase in Asia-Pacific private money and European institutional capital, we expect strong demand from international investors in 2020, with the UK retaining its global appeal.”

Jon Neale, Head of Research UK, JLL

“The political cloud appears to have lifted, albeit perhaps only temporarily, and as a result, we have seen a surge in momentum across the investment market. The immediate questions over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU are now settled, but of course what remains uncertain is the long-term trading relationship. The Government will resume negotiations with Brussels in March, and the extremely tight timelines could see sentiment weaken again and a possible return to with the stasis and stagnation of 2019.”

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