Tuesday, June 16, 2015

16/6/15: Russian FDI Flows in 2014

Per data reported by BOFIT, FDI inflows into Russia fell below 2009 crisis period in 2014. Average 2007-20013 inflows stood at USD55 billion, falling to USD37 billion in 2009. In 2014, FDI inflows totalled only USD21 billion. As expected, net FDI inflows became negative in 2H 2014.

FDI outflows totalled USD56 billion in 2014, in line with the average for 2007-2013 period and relatively steady over all four quarters of 2014.

In a reversal to pre-2013 period, Cyprus was once again the largest destination for outflows of FDI from Russia and (alongside the Bahamas) the largest source for inflows of FDI into Russia - reflective of ongoing flows of funds within Russian enterprises that use off-shore centres for reinvestment of domestic earnings and debt financing. Surprisingly, as BOFIT reports, "Russian FDI flows doubled to the United States and quadrupled to Switzerland". The surprising bit, of course, was not Switzerland…

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