Global foreign direct investment declined by 19% in 2018


Donald Trump's tax reform triggered a reduction in global foreign direct investment (FDI) by 19% last year. The volume of investments amounted to $1.2 trillion, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reports. FDI reflects the level of globalization and the growth potential of corporate supply chains and trade links. The minimum size of FDI since 2009 in 2018 was caused by the repatriation of $300 billion by US companies to use the tax break from US President Donald Trump. Investment flows to Europe fell by 73%, which has not happened since the 1990s. The repatriation of the profits of American companies will slow down in 2019, due to which growth in FDI is possible in the future. Last year, most of the foreign investment went to the United States, China was second. The states attracted $226 billion of investments, China - $142 billion. The growth of FDI in the UK was 20%, due to which the country received foreign investment of $122 billion.

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