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ISSUE 006 - August 2023

Why the Middle East is bucking the rest of the world’s investment trends

Unique dynamics are shaping the Middle East investment landscape—and they have global implications. We dove into the region’s trends and discovered four things:

  1. The Middle East has a uniquely positive outlook. Only 19% of Middle East investors believe the macroeconomic cycle is starting to decline or at the bottom, in contrast to 94% of global investors.
  2. Private debt is the preferred asset class. It performs well regardless of the market, and there’s a particular sweet spot for Middle Eastern investors.
  3. From oil and gas to tomorrow’s tech boom. Politics and capital are aligned in the move away from economic dependence on hydrocarbons and local startups are benefitting.
  4. Liquidity draws investors to the region. With exits down in the rest of the world, the availability of cash in the Middle East has piqued the interest of stateside VCs.

Read more about these trends, what they mean for you, and how technology helps firms capitalize on them.

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And how you report on fund value creation is key to long term success.

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“What attracted us to Affinity was the fact that they were really focused on Venture Capital customers… this is a CRM for VCs.”

Nolan English,
Director of Portfolio Services, SOSV

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