Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index® Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index®

The Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®, established in 1998, ranks countries based on how changes in their political, economic, and regulatory systems are likely to affect foreign direct investment inflows in the coming years.

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Back to Business: Optimism Amid Uncertainty
The 2013 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®

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At last, investors appear ready to get back to business. Despite fiscal policy gridlock and unresolved debt issues plaguing many developed countries around the world, the executives we surveyed for the 2013 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index® are surprisingly optimistic about the global economic outlook.

The FDI Confidence Index, in its 13th edition since 1998, ranks countries on how political, economic, and regulatory changes will affect FDI. Based on a survey of more than 300 executives from 28 countries, we examine where global investment dollars are likely to be headed.

Highlights in this year's Index include:

   
The United States returns to the top spot for the first time since 2001 as it makes progress toward sustainable, steady growth—even, in the context of serious policy uncertainty, as it works to resolve its debt issues and broader fiscal challenges.   Other developed nations in the top 10 include Canada (4th) and Australia (6th), for their unconventional fossil fuels and minerals, and Germany (7th) and the UK (8th), which are perceived as safe despite Europe's ongoing debt and political issues.     Emerging markets continue to charge ahead. They account for 16 of the top 25 countries in the Index, with China (2nd), Brazil (3rd), and India (5th) all in the top five once again.   

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