Countries with highest FDI position in the U.S. 2017

Countries with highest foreign direct investment (FDI) position in the United States in 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars, on a historical-cost basis)

by M. Szmigiera, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Countries with highest FDI position in the U.S. 2017 In 2017, no country had a higher foreign direct investment (FDI) position in the United States than the United Kingdom, followed by Japan and Canada. At that time, the UK had over 540 billion U.S. dollars invested in the United States.
What is FDI?

FDI is an international investment, in this case when a foreign firm or individual invests in a business in the United States. The worldwide value of FDI flows is immense, which is a result of the increasing connectedness of world financial markets. In this statistic, we see countries that are connected to the U.S. for historic and geographic reasons, such as the UK and Canada respectively, investing large sums of money in U.S. enterprises. The countries which received most FDI from the United States in 2017 were the Netherland, UK and Luxembourg.

The effects of FDI

Foreign direct investment, like any increase in capital, leads to a higher number of jobs. The economy of the target country grows, and the investing country generally earns a good rate of return. Critics of FDI worry that it opens companies to the influence of foreign individuals and firms.
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Countries with highest foreign direct investment (FDI) position in the United States in 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars, on a historical-cost basis)

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