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  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)  Icon
    Great country profiles including information on politics, the economy and risks. But also a Data section where you can build your own custom reports with bountiful economic and market indicators including 12 different foreign direct investment series.
  • World Bank Data
    Search data by country, topic or indicator... Country data includes world development indicators, global economic prospects forecasts, often a history of projects and operations in the country, some country finance information, etc.
  • Business Monitor Online
    More country reports, but you can also refine your search by industry. Also a Data & Forecasting section.
  • Thomson ONE (  Icon
    Market Views section allows you to view major economic indicators by country or indicator and includes a 'Deal Activity' section that will take you to information regarding recent M&A and equity deals, volume trends and league tables. If you want to get more specific, go to the Screening & Analysis section where there are advanced search options for all deals and you can build your own custom report with just the information you need.
  • Datastream
    International (current and historical) datasets including foreign indices, FDI statistics, macroeconomic indicators and more...
  • Orbis  Icon
    Access MarketLine reports on the state of your industry within a particular country, screen a list of possible competitor companies or look up recent M&A and even joint ventures with your nation listed as the location of the target and/or acquiror...
  • International Financial Statistics
    From the International Monetary Fund, monthly or yearly statistics regarding exchange rates, international liquidity, central banking information (monetary base, net foreign assets), etc.

Internet Resources

  • Investment Climate Statements
    From the U.S. Department of State, these statements include information about openness to, or restrictions upon foreign investment, taxation, expropriation risk and compensation, dispute settlement, investment incentives and more.
  • World Bank - Doing Business In Reports
    These reports cover the general business environment of each nation and how to go about logistics like registering property, paying taxes, employing workers, etc...
  • Market Research Library
    From the U.S. Commercial Service, business environment reports that include a section on Leading Sectors for U.S. Export and Investment and an Investment Climate chapter including corruption and expropriation risk information and some FDI statistics.
    This site pulls resources from across the U.S. government with the intent of assisting exporters of U.S. goods and services. This includes a summary of the Commercial Service report, a listing of vetted business service providers in the nation of interest, links to webinars of interest, information on relevant trade agreements etc.
  • International Economic Accounts
    From the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), this web portal includes links to balance of payments and trade statistics, data on inward and outward direct investment and more.


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