The US is the leading destination market for greenfield financial services FDI, while it is also the top source market. GlobalData’s financial services foreign direct investment (FDI) report highlights the current trends in financial services foreign investments. Buy the report here.

Between 2019 and 2022, the financial services sector was the sixth largest FDI sector in terms of the number of greenfield investments. The financial services sector accounts for 5.6% of global greenfield FDI projects.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

Combined, the top ten destination countries account for 50.3% of total financial services FDI projects.

The leading destination country for financial services FDI is the US. Germany, UK and the United Arab Emirates are also popular financial services investment hubs.

According to GlobalData’s FDI Projects database, United Kingdom-based companies were the leading source of greenfield financial services investments into the US.

With respect to outbound FDI, the US was the leading financial services source market. US-based companies held a 21.6% share of total outbound financial services FDI projects. The UK, Switzerland, Germany and France are also top source markets for financial services FDI.

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