Sunday, June 17, 2012

Foreign Direct Investment, 1990-2011

The chart above shows cumulative Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from 1990 to 2011.  Over the last 22 years, Americans have invested roughly $4 trillion in foreign-based companies and foreigners have invested about $3.2 trillion in American-based companies.  

7 Comments:

At 6/17/2012 9:46 AM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

Yet, the best "country" to invest in the world is the U.S.:

End of 2010

Foreign-owned assets in the U.S. grew to $22,786.3 billion.

U.S.-owned assets abroad increased to $20,315.4 billion.

Chart of U.S. Net International Investment Position (the difference between the assets we own abroad and our assets that are owned by other countries):

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At 6/17/2012 10:07 AM, Blogger PeakTrader said...

"Over the last 22 years, Americans have invested roughly $4 trillion in foreign-based companies and foreigners have invested about $3.2 trillion in American-based companies."

And

Foreign buyers are snapping up U.S. homes
March 11, 2012

"Foreign clients bought $41 billion worth of stateside houses and apartments during the 12-month period that ended in March 2011, according to the latest tally by the National Assn. of Realtors. That's roughly the same as the previous year.

But add in the $41 billion spent by immigrants who moved here within the last two years and individuals with visas of more than six months, and the total is $82 billion worth of U.S. residential real estate taken off the market by international buyers, up from $66 billion the year before.

The demand for American real estate is so strong that last fall, the Realtors association launched an international version of its listing website.

While most states have some international buyers, the Realtors group says foreigners are buying largely in four states — Florida, California, Texas and Arizona. Of those, only Texas is not being held back by a glut of unsold inventory.

More recent data square with the association's findings. According to DataQuick, nearly 55% of all U.S. residential real estate sales to foreigners from May to November last year were in Florida, and more than 17% were in Arizona. Nearly 6% were in California, and close to 5% were in Nevada, another state hit hard by the housing downturn."

 
At 6/17/2012 7:03 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

That FDI increase comes with some very bad political baggage involving foreign influence - given the general disinterest to separate the influence from the foreign money.

That said, one could call it a takeover of the country.

 
At 6/18/2012 6:59 AM, Blogger Jet Beagle said...

sethstorm: "That said, one could call it a takeover of the country."

Only one who didn't understand what foreign direct investment represents.

 
At 6/18/2012 7:43 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Or one is xenophobic

 
At 6/18/2012 6:41 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Or both.

 
At 6/19/2012 11:13 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

I'm surprised it's so small. I was assuming that most of our trade deficits were going into FDI.

 

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