So we come to the end of a year where at least in a FDI sense, there is profound global uncertainty. Accompanying this blog, you can read about six events / topics of the year HERE that will shape FDI trends for 2017 and beyond. Every reader is likely to guess at least some of these choices, but for completeness they are:
Trump & FDI
Brexit & FDI
Cuba & FDI
South America & FDI
The Middle East & FDI
Changing FDI Trends
Of course this is not an exhaustive list, and other events that are important could have be...
This has been a year when sentiment about the effects of globalization and trade has come to the fore, with headlines in the US and the UK capturing a feeling that the current system benefits the wealthiest, while a large chunk of the population are left behind. Whatever your views on this argument, there is an irony that by those countries becoming more inward facing, it is the less developed nations, whose population are less economically secure, that may be most affected.
The US Case
An obvious example is Mexico. Should NAFTA be sc...
With the Olympics over and the Paralympics set to begin shortly, it seems the right time to discuss the effects that such a mega-event can have on foreign direct investment (FDI). At London 2012, UK Trade and Investment reported that the Olympics resulted in GBP2.5bn of "additional inward investment". Importantly, 58% of this was said to be outside London. This totalled 14% more investment than the previous year nationally, and the highest job creation (more than 66,000) in over a decade.