Wednesday, October 14, 2009


FDI to Decline in 2009 with Slow Recovery in 2010
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows have been severely affected by the economic crisis. Inflows are expected to fall from $1.7 trillion in 2008 to below $1.2 trillion in 2009, with a slow recovery in 2010 (up to $1.4 trillion) and gaining momentum in 2011 (approaching $1.8 trillion), according to a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The U.S., along with China, India, Brazil and Russia (the so-called BRIC countries) are likely to lead future FDI recovery, FDI to the U.S. actually increased in 2008 to $316 billion, up from $271 billion in 2007, due to an increase in loans from parent companies to their U.S. subsidiaries. UNCTAD doesn't expect a similar surge in intracompany loans in 2009, resulting in a projected decline in FDI into the U.S. Download the full 313-page report, or read the 55-page overview.

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