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The U.S. International Investment Position

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The U.S. is the world’s largest debtor country, with net obligations exceeding $1.8 billion. Since 1989, the market value of foreign-owned assets in this country has exceeded the market value of U.S.-owned assets abroad. Not all foreign-owned assets in the U.S. are debt instruments. Almost 30% represent foreign direct investments in this country. These are equity shares in U.S. enterprises that confer decision making authority on foreigners. Another 11% of our liabilities are the official dollar reserves of foreign governments.

Suggested citation: "The U.S. International Investment Position," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 00-05, pp. 18, 05.01.2000.

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