In the second issue of the UNCTAD Global Investment trends Monitor, UNCTAD informs that FDI dropped by close to 40% worldwide in 2009.
UNCTAD´s Global Investment Trends Monitor is a quarterly publication providing an up-to-date assessment of global FDI flows. In this second issue , UNCTAD reports that FDI that global flows in foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by close to 40% in 2009, to US$1.0 trillion, from $1.7 trillion in 2008.
FDI flows remained relatively stable during the third quarter of 2009 -- but at a low level. No pick-up in FDI was detected in the fourth quarter.
The overall decline in FDI for the year was widespread across all major groups of economies. After experiencing a severe reduction in 2008, FDI flows to developed countries continued to plummet -- they dropped by a further 41% in 2009. Flows to developing and transition economies, meanwhile, which had risen in 2008, declined by 39% in 2009 as the global financial and economic crisis continued to unfold.
In terms of mode of entry of FDI, cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) were the most affected, decreasing by 66% in 2009 as compared to 2008.