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Inside fDi: An FDI Brexodus edges towards reality

Brexit is rarely far from the headlines in the UK. Less heard are the voices of foreign investors, and their views on the subject make uncomfortable reading for Brits.

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Inside fDi: Trade interference brings FDI/GDP divorce

The mostly harmonious union between FDI and GDP was shattered in 2017, as foreign investment figures fell despite a strong economic performance. As Courtney Fingar discovers, it turns out that GDP was seeing someone else: that harlot trade.

Inside fDi: It's skills that will kill the robot uprising

The robots are coming! Populist politicians the world over are raging against various threats to blue-collar jobs, from globalisation to those darned robots. However, says Courtney Fingar, artificial intelligence will still be reliant on the real thing, and those areas that provide these skills will have the least to fear from our new robo-overlords. 

Inside fDi: Don't fight the system, embrace it

Geographic information systems are widely used in site-selection processes in the US and are catching on in the rest of the world. Courtney Fingar understands that the march to automation is a frightening one, but it is that or be left behind...

Inside fDi: Relying on empty rhetoric? That's unsustainable

Every organisation wants to be sustainable. It sounds good and achieving 'sustainability' is popular from the boardroom to the customer. However, says Courtney Fingar, rather than simply plastering the word all over glossy brochures, governments and investors must work out what their version of sustainability actually means.

Inside fDi: Are China’s brand plans coming to fruition?

China's national brand ranking has edged closer to that of leader the US in a new ranking. Courtney Fingar considers whether this is a sign of a changing of the guard, or a case of the US trumping itself.

Inside fDi: paving the way to FDI deals... literally

Donald Trump's focus on upgrading the US's creaking infrastructure has won praise from big business, but the truth is that no government or politician can ignore how essential an effective infrastructure network is. As Courtney Fingar writes, efficient train lines to fast wi-fi connections can go a long way to securing FDI deals.

Inside fDi: A 2016 survival guide, FDI-style

The latest fDi Report, examining crossborder statistics and trends from 2016, tells a largely positive story for global greenfield investment. However, as Courtney Fingar explains, the more tumultuous events of the year may take some time to show their full impact.

Inside fDi: the power of the passport

Break out the warm beer and fish and chips, Courtney Fingar is a British citizen. However, she writes, the move was motivated by the uncertainty created by Brexit – concerns that will be echoed by a number of foreign companies that have invested in the UK.

Inside fDi: Why the tourism industry is finally going places

As protectionist policies prevail in many global economies, Courtney Fingar provides a timely reminder that the world is getting smaller in other ways, as shown by the rise to prominence of tourism in recent years.

Inside fDi: May we live in less interesting times

To say it has been an eventful 12 months would be an understatement. Yet amid Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism and protectionism, demonised multinationals and under-pressure IPAs the world over have been upping their game and getting business done. Courtney Fingar looks on in awe.

Inside fDi: serious about start-ups? Then cut the coffee shops

Cities the world over are scrambling to attract start-ups in the hope that they'll be able to crown themselves 'the next Silicon Valley'. However, Courtney Fingar advises that no amount of chic coffee shops and quirky art galleries will have the same effect as the decidedly unsexy trinity of financial backing, the right technology and minimal red tape. 

Inside fDi: Why FDI's trump card is being ignored

Warnings about the threat to inward investment were ignored as the UK voted for Brexit, and there seems to be a very real risk that the US will pull a similar stunt in this year's presidential elections. Unperturbed, Courtney Fingar has her scary graphs at the ready...

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