U.S. Direct Investment Abroad in 2019 to $5.96 trillion

July 24, 2020
The U.S. direct investment abroad position or cumulative level of investment rose $158.6 billion to $5.96 trillion at the end of 2019 from $5.80 trillion at the end of 2018, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The increase was attributable to a $95.7 billion rise in the position in Europe, primarily in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Notably, the manufacturing industry contributed the most to the increase.

At the end of 2019, foreign direct investment in the United States, showed there was an increase of $331.2 billion to $4.46 trillion from $4.13 trillion at the conclusion of 2018. Thus, resulting in a $157.3 billion increase in the position from Asia and Pacific, primarily Japan. Affiliates in manufacturing, finance and insurance, and wholesale trade had the largest increases.


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