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Can Italy retain its FDI appeal

Can Italy retain its FDI appeal?

Despite its recent economic difficulties, there still is a slow trickle of foreign direct investment business coming into Italy.

Political gridlock adds to Italy's economic uncertainty

With no clear winner in Italy's recent general election, investors are faced with yet more uncertainty.

Social impact investing gives FDI a conscience

Social impact investing gives FDI a conscience

It is not only a moral impetus that is driving socially responsible investment. The potential for financial returns has made it an attractive proposition for an increasing number of banks and corporates.

Will political wrangling leave Hungary starved of FDI

Will political wrangling leave Hungary starved of FDI

Since taking office, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has implemented a plethora of new laws and entered into bitter disputes with both the EU and the International Monetary Fund. Could such actions put investors off the central European country?


A learning curve for the private education sector

Increased demand for private education, particularly in developing countries, has created a multitude of opportunities for private investors. But while education might seem a sound investment, there are complex ideological and logistical problems facing companies choosing to enter this somewhat controversial market.

In flux: how investors handle political change

In flux: how investors handle political change

From general elections in Western nations to regime changes caused by the Arab Spring, political uncertainty and changes in government legislation are hurdles faced by all companies looking to invest in foreign countries. However, along with the challenges come opportunities. Polly Botsford looks at how businesses cope with such fluctuations.

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Preparation the key to Belarus investment

There is a common perception that investing in Belarus is only for the risk-takers. However, the country can point to many examples of companies large and small operating successfully within it. The key, according to those working in the country, is in the preparation.

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The A to Z of FDI

FDI is an abbreviation readily bandied about by governments, investment and development organisations, and data providers, but what does it really mean? As Polly Botsford discovers, that depends on your viewpoint.

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EU fallout alters Slovakian political landscape

Political challenges in Bratislava have left question marks over the former coalition government's reforms, which may have had a positive impact on the future of FDI plans in Slovakia.


An ambassadorial approach to FDI

Unbiased knowledge and high-level contacts are paramount for successful FDI, something that the usual specialist agencies and local partners cannot always offer. But a new service, run by former UK diplomats, is now helping high-profile companies safeguard their investments regardless of economic, political or legal uncertainties.

Global greenfield investment trends

Crossborder investment monitor

fDi Markets is the only online database tracking crossborder greenfield investment covering all sectors and countries worldwide. It provides real-time monitoring of investment projects, capital investment and job creation with powerful tools to track and profile companies investing overseas.

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Corporate location benchmarking tool

fDi Benchmark is the only online tool to benchmark the competitiveness of countries and cities in over 50 sectors. Its comprehensive location data series covers the main cost and quality competitiveness indicators for over 300 locations around the world.

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Research report

fDi Intelligence provides customised reports and data research which deliver vital business intelligence to corporations, investment promotion agencies, economic development organisations, consulting firms and research institutions.

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