For the fourth year in a row the United States and China claimed the top two spots in the A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index. The index, which surveys C-level executives as well as regional and business leaders from companies from 27 countries, highlighted the fact that the United States has consistently been seen as the most attractive destination for foreign direct investment. According the the report “the sustained interest of global business executives in investing in the United States and China in the face of this volatility demonstrates the enduring attractiveness of the world’s two largest economies.”
The latest survey found that 42% of executives were more optimistic about the United States’ three year outlook than they were this time last year. Overall the gap between the United States and China doubled year-over-year indicating a widening lead in terms of investor confidence for the United States.