China Tops Foreign Investor Confidence

Despite the worries of foreign investors about Indigenous Innovation and related industrial policies, China continues to top the list of destinations where foreign investors feel  more confident according to the AT Kearney “FDI Confidence Index.” China has held the title since 2002. India and Brazil are not far behind China, showing that growth markets breed confidence even if investors face limitations and less than transparent investment rules and regulations. The US has moved up this year, perhaps signifying that the world’s investment funds and multinationals expect the US recovery to gain momentum.

The Excerpt:

Investing in a Rebound – The 2010 A.T. Kearney FDI Confidence Index®

FDI flows will remain disappointing through 2011, according to the 2010 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, a regular assessment of senior executive sentiment at the world’s largest companies. The Index also found executives are wary of making investments in the current economic climate and revealed that they expect the economic turnaround to happen no earlier than 2011. Half of the companies surveyed also report that they are postponing investments as a result of market uncertainty and difficulties in obtaining credit.

China remains the top-ranked destination by foreign investors, a title it has held since 2002. The United States retakes second place from India, which had surpassed it in 2005. India, Brazil and Germany complete the top five favored investment destinations.

Overall, developed economies rose in the Index as investors looked for safety. The most striking exception is the United Kingdom, whose reliance on financial services left it exposed in the current crisis. At the same time, the placement of China, India and Brazil in the top five shows a strong vote of confidence for the strength of these economies.  Investors also expressed the most optimism about the future outlook for China, India and Brazil.

FDI Confidence Index

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About James McGregor
James McGregor is an American author, journalist and businessman who has lived in China for more than 25 years. Currently, he is chairman of APCO Worldwide, Greater China. A professional speaker and commentator who specializes in China’s business, politics and society, he regularly appears in the media to discuss China-related topics. McGregor is the author of the books "No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism" (2012) and "One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China" (2005). He also wrote the 2010 report "China’s Drive for ‘Indigenous Innovation’ – A Web of Industrial Policies." From 1987 to 1990 McGregor served as The Wall Street Journal’s bureau chief in Taiwan, and from 1990 to 1994 as the paper’s bureau chief in Mainland China. From 1994 to 2000, he was chief executive of Dow Jones & Company in China. After leaving Dow Jones, he was China managing partner for GIV Venture Partners, a $140 million venture capital fund specializing in the Chinese Internet and technology outsourcing. In 1996, McGregor was elected as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He also served for a decade as a governor of that organization. He is a member of the Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on US-China Relations and International Council of the Asia Society. He serves on a variety of China-related advisory boards.

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