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U.S. venture investing less than half global total for first time

Venture capital investing in the United States made up less than half the world’s total for what may be the first time last year.

The milestone is another sign of venture’s expanding global footprint and, in particular, of the rise of investing in Asia. It also came as a rebound took place in European venture capital.

Data from the MoneyTree Report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights show 2017 deal making in the United States to be 43.7 percent of the global total, down from 55.8 percent in 2016. The mark is well below the six-year peak of 72 percent in 2012.

Last year, U.S. startups raised $71.9 billion and VCs globally deployed $164.4 billion.

In Asia, venture capital deal making rose to $70.8 billion, a 117 percent increase from a year earlier, the report showed. European investors put $17.6 billion to work, a 40 percent increase.

The global milestone is confirmed by Preqin, which separately found $182 billion invested globally last year and 42.3 percent of it placed in North America.

Thomson Reuters data tell a different story, with U.S. investments slipping below the 50 percent mark in 2017, 2016 and 2015. These are the only years the threshold was broken since data were first collected in 1998.

Photo of world currencies, including Chinese Yuan, U.S. Dollar, Euro and British Pound, courtesy of Reuters//Kacper Pempel.