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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Ready for Takeoff
The 2014 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®

Economic recovery is taking much longer than anticipated and continues to be fragile. Yet the business executives we surveyed for our 2014 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index® are more optimistic about the global economy than they were a year ago, and signs of renewed confidence are increasingly evident.

The United States once again tops the list of countries where corporate executives say they are most likely to direct their foreign investment dollars. A full 49 percent of respondents have a positive view of the United States, the highest number recorded in the index’s 16-year history.

In broader terms, OECD member states account for 17 of the top 25 likely FDI destinations (including 11 European countries), in what appears to be a flight to quality. Even so, a core group of developing economies—China, Brazil, and India among them—continues to enjoy widespread confidence among business leaders. Many other emerging markets also make this year’s cut.

Based on this year’s FDI Confidence Index, we can affirm that foreign direct investment appears once again to be ready for takeoff.

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About the Study

Learn more about research behind the Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index.


Paul A. Laudicina
Chairman Emeritus,
A.T. Kearney and Chairman of GBPC
Erik R. Peterson
Partner and GBPC Managing Director
Johan Gott
Senior Manager


South Africa Climbs Up Most Attractive FDI List, 5 June 2014 

U.S. Once Again Top Spot for Foreign Investment
MoneyBeat: Wall Street Journal, 2 June 2014

Shifting Global Economic Trends

"Business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is."
President Obama
State of the Union,
28 January 2014