K. Jackson Specialist in International Trade and Finance
international investment position of the United States is an annual measure of
the assets Americans own abroad and the assets foreigners own in the
United States. The net position, or the difference between the two,
sometimes is referred to as a measure of U.S. international indebtedness.
This designation is not strictly correct, because the net international
investment position reveals the difference between the total assets
Americans own abroad and the total amount of assets foreigners own in the
United States. These assets generate flows of capital into and out of the
economy that have important implications for the value of the dollar in international
exchange markets. Some Members of Congress and some in the public have expressed
concerns about the U.S. net international investment position because of the
role foreign investors are playing in U.S. capital markets and the
potential for large outflows of income and services payments. Some observers
also argue that the U.S. reliance on foreign capital inflows places the
economy in a vulnerable position.
Date of Report: November 8, 2012
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