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Economic Commentary

Foreign Capital Inflows: Another Trojan Horse?

The U.S. economy has been awash in foreign investment for nearly the entire decade of the 19805. A close look at the destinations of this net inflow of funds reveals that, contrary to popular perception, most of the windfall is being used to fund U.S. investment.

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Suggested Citation

Anderson, Gerald, and Michael F. Bryan. 1989. “Foreign Capital Inflows: Another Trojan Horse?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 11/1/1989.