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Fund Managers Are Far Less Giddy About Southeast Asia This Year

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By Michelle Jamrisko | 1 November 2017

Southeast Asia is on track to receive less than half the private capital it lured from fund managers in 2016.

Investment across the region’s economies slowed to just $896 million in the first half of 2017, compared with last year’s overall total of $4.2 billion, according to data from the Emerging Market Private Equity Association. Singapore attracted the most funds in the period, followed by Vietnam.

While the data can be lumpy and full-year figures are yet to be tallied, the slump in Southeast Asia might be another sign that the region’s economies are losing out to China and India, which can accommodate cross-border deals rather than trap business in a domestic economy, according to global industry body EMPEA.