Direct Investment by Country and Industry: 2017

July 30, 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicated that, “The U.S. direct investment abroad position, or cumulative level of investment, increased $427.3 billion to $6,013.3 billion at the end of 2017 from $5,586 billion at the end of 2016.The increase mainly reflected a $243.6 billion increase in the position in Europe, primarily in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands.” Notably, the manufacturing industry and holding companies accounted for the largest increases.

At the end of 2017, foreign direct investment in the United States,  showed there was an increase of $260.4 billion to $4,025.5 billion while from $3,765.1 billion at the conclusion of 2016. Thus, resulting in a $128.2 billion increase in the position from Europe, primarily Ireland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Affiliates in manufacturing and wholesale trade accounted for the largest increases.

The increase in the U.S. direct investment position in 2017 reflected financial transactions of $300.4 billion which was primarily reinvestment of earnings. Whereas, the increase in the foreign direct investment position in the United States in 2017 mainly reflected financial transactions of $277.3 billion, from equity investment other than reinvestment of earnings.


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