Foreign investments at peak. Negative record in 2017

The global flow of foreign direct investments dropped by 18% in 2016 compared to 2016. The total amounted to USD 1,411 billion
Foreign investments at peak. Negative record in 2017
10 May 20:23 2018 Print This Article

The OECD has calculated the amount of public and private investments from all countries in the world and destined for countries other than its own. In 2017, the amount of these investments amounted to 1.8% of world GDP, down compared to the figures invested in 2016 (2.3% of the total gross domestic product) and 2015 (2.5%). In Italy, 17 billion dollars were invested in 2017, the lowest figure in the last five years. But even worse have Italian investments made abroad: just 4 billion dollars. The countries that have attracted the largest number of foreign investments are the United States of America (they attracted $ 287 billion in 2017), followed by China (168) and Brazil (63 billion). The Netherlands is the first European country with 58 billion dollars spent in the country, ahead of the French (50), Australians (49), Swiss (41) and Indians (40). The OECD countries’ investments in foreign countries also fell: minus 4% in 2017, just over one trillion. The decline is due to the lack of resources invested by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Despite the cuts, the US remains the most investing abroad: over 360 billion. Followed by Japan (160), China (101) and the United Kingdom (99).

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