South and North America
The Americas have always been lands of opportunity. Prehistoric settlers and modern immigrants alike have looked to the New World
for a fresh start in greener pastures. More than anything, the Americas offer variety and choice: from the rich, established
and progressive economies of Canada and the United States to the fledgling, promising new opportunities of Latin America,
these two continents offer something for everyone.
Countries in the Americas
North America is a continent rich in economic opportunity and is the largest and most highly-developed economy in the world. The U.S. dollar is the most-used currency in international transactions. The South American continent represents the economy of 12 nations, with Chile and Brazil leading the pack in terms of wealth. Regional economies experienced a growth-spurt in the 1990’s, when the South American nations adopted a Free-Market economy and overcame the debt crisis. Today, mining, agriculture and forestry are South America’s major industries.
North America is a continent rich in economic opportunity and is the largest and most highly-developed economy in the world.
Companies Investing in the Americas
America’s Fortune 500 companies represented two-thirds of the U.S. GDP in 2017. Together, these companies amassed $12 trillion in revenue and made $840 billion in profits. There are no surprises among the leading-players, with Apple listed as the third most profitable company, and Walmart holding the coveted number one position. Other big players are AT&, and retail-giant Amazon. The Americas offer fertile ground for companies wishing to establish themselves there or grow their current operations into the region.
The Americas offer fertile ground for companies wishing to establish themselves there or grow their current operations into the region.
Investors in the Americas
The United States is one of the most popular countries in the world for foreign investment. It has many competitive advantages which help it hold this coveted position. These include its open regulatory environment, leading consumer market and culture that supports entrepreneurism and innovation. The United Kingdom is the largest direct investor in the US, followed by Japan, The Netherlands, Canada and, surprisingly due to its tiny size, Luxembourg.
Featured Stories from the Americas
Read our featured stories from around the American continents, and discover the latest investment developments and trends that may help shape your view of the region.