According to a recent study by IMARC Group, half of investors in the mining and metals sector will deploy more capital this year despite two-thirds of institutional investors displaying less appetite for the sector compared to a year ago. The pullback comes after fundraising for natural resources investment reached record levels in 2015, with private funding reaching a total of $67.8 billion. In total, natural resources investment firms have $400 billion assets under management. Of this $243 billion represent unrealized value, with the remaining $157.3 billion investors ready to invest. The major portion is destined for North America.