Consultancy A.T. Kearney does a periodic study of worldwide investments by managers at the world’s largest companies and how the economy effects those investments. In 2007 there was an all-time high investment of $1.98 trillion in 2007 by these multinational companies. Foreign direct investment worldwide fell 14% in 2008. In 2009, it fell another 39%. A.T. Kearney says that these investments have only started to increase recently. The multinationals postponed much of their planned investments due to continued market uncertainty and the problems in obtaining credit.
Recently there has been a rise of emerging markets. As you would expect, the top countries for investment include China, India, and Brazil. Poland has moved up 16 rungs to weigh in at No. 6. Other countries to enter the top 25 include: Romania, Saudi Arabia, Chile, and Egypt. For a more detailed look at the top countries for foreign investment by international executives, please visit these links: