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06 Sep, 2017

TOP five 2017 year FDI Confidence Index changes

TOP five 2017 year FDI Confidence Index changes

The United States tops the A. T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index for the fifth year in a row.

Germany rises to second place in the FDI Confidence Index for the first time in the history of the Index.

After holding the number two positions for four consecutive years, China falls to third place in the Index this year. This happened despite investors' outlook for the Chinese economy making a significant recovery, rising from a net assessment of -4% last year to +16% this year.

The top five slots on the Index are rounded out by the United Kingdom in fourth place and Canada in fifth. These are the same five markets that held the top five spots last year, demonstrating the consistent appeal of these economies to foreign investors.

European developed markets are also near the top of the list, and Europe again accounts for more Index spots than any other region. In the past two years investors display a notable preference for developed markets as investment destinations. This is likely in part because of their expectations for continued improvement in economic performance in these markets and the lack of investor confidence in emerging markets.

Read also: World Foreign Direct Investment Trends UNCTAD 2017 (Part 1), World Foreign Direct Investment Trends UNCTAD 2017 (Part 2)

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