James K. Jackson
International Trade and Finance
investment in the United States declined sharply after 2000, when a record $300
billion was invested in U.S. businesses and real estate. (Note: The United
States defines foreign
direct investment as the ownership or control, directly or indirectly, by one
[individual, branch, partnership, association, government, etc.] of 10% or more
of the voting
securities of an incorporated U.S. business enterprise or an equivalent
interest in an
unincorporated U.S. business enterprise. 15 CFR §806.15 [a].) In 2010,
according to U.S.
Department of Commerce data, foreigners invested $236 billion in U.S. businesses
estate. Foreign direct investments are highly sought after by many state and
that are struggling to create additional jobs in their localities. While some
in Congress encourage
such investment to offset the perceived negative economic effects of U.S. firms
others are concerned about foreign acquisitions of U.S. firms that are
considered essential to U.S.
national and economic security.
Date of Report: May 10, 2012
Number of Pages: 11
Order Number: RS21857
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