Direct investment position of the U.S. abroad 2000-2018

Direct investment position of the United States abroad from 2000 to 2018 (in trillion U.S. dollars, on a historical-cost basis)

by M. Szmigiera, last edited Sep 2, 2019
Direct investment position of the U.S. abroad 2000-2018 In 2018, foreign direct investment (FDI) from the United States to other countries amounted to 5.95 trillion U.S. dollars. Foreign direct investment reflects the ownership of business from one country in another country. It differs from a traditional investment in companies located abroad by the ownership factor in case of FDI.

Why is FDI important?


FDI has influences in the sending and receiving countries. In the recipient countries, FDI can be an important source of capital that might not otherwise be available. This is particularly true in less developed countries, such as in Africa. The countries which received the largest amount of foreign direct investment from the United States in 2017 were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg.


FDI flows to the United States


On the other hand, the countries, which sent the most FDI to the United States in 2017 were the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada. There were about 7.6 million jobs offered in the U.S. due to foreign direct investments as of 2016.
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Direct investment position of the United States abroad from 2000 to 2018 (in trillion U.S. dollars, on a historical-cost basis)

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