Posts Tagged 'international investment position'



Value of Foreign Investments in the United States Increased and Value of U.S. Investments Abroad Decreased in First Quarter 2013

The U.S. net international investment position was -$4,277.1 billion (preliminary) at the end of the first quarter of 2013 compared with -$3,863.9 billion (revised) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, as the value of foreign investments in the United States exceeded the value of U.S. investments abroad.62513q 162513q 2
• The -$413.2 billion change in the net position reflected a $394.2 billion increase in the value of foreign-owned assets in the United States and a $19.0 billion decrease in the value of U.S.-owned assets abroad.
• U.S.-owned assets abroad were $21,618.6 billion at the end of the first quarter compared with $21,637.6 billion at the end of the fourth quarter.
• Foreign-owned assets in the United States were $25,895.7 billion at the end of the first quarter compared with $25,501.5 billion at the end of the fourth quarter.
For more on the U.S. net international investment position, read the full report.

Fourth Quarter 2012 U.S. Net International Investment Position

The U.S. net international investment position was –$4,416.2 billion (preliminary) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with –$4,663.4 billion at the end of the third quarter as the value of foreign investments in the United States exceeded the value of U.S. investments abroad.IIP

• The $247.2 billion change in the net position reflected a $207.2 billion decrease in the value of foreign-owned assets in the United States and a $40.0 billion increase in the value of U.S.-owned assets abroad.
• U.S.-owned assets abroad were $20,760.1 billion at the end of the fourth quarter compared with $20,720.2 billion at the end of the third quarter.
• Foreign-owned assets in the United States were $25,176.3 billion at the end of the fourth quarter compared with $25,383.6 billion at the end of the third quarter.

For more on U.S. Net International Investment Position, read the full report.

BEA to Release Quarterly Global Investment Reports

A more up-to-date picture of the value of what the United States owns abroad compared to what foreign investors own in this country will debut March 26 when the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) releases its first quarterly estimates of the U.S. international investment position.  That release will feature statistics for the end of 2012 as well as quarterly data back to the fourth quarter of 2005.

The new quarterly reports (read more here) will provide more frequent and timelier statistics about the size and composition of the U.S. international investment position.  This in turn will help shed light on new market developments and major economic trends as well as allow economists to monitor more closely the United States’ position as a net debtor and better gauge U.S. vulnerability to external financial shocks.  The quarterly reports will also bring the United States in line with new guidelines issued by the International Monetary Fund for more frequent data on cross-border linkages following the 2008 financial crisis.

Previously BEA has issued a report each summer that provides detailed information on the U.S. international investment position for the previous year.  Last year BEA reported that for 2011 U.S. assets in foreign countries totaled $21.13 trillion while foreign-owned assets here were $25.16 trillion.  The difference between the two figures equaled the U.S. net international investment position for 2011 of negative $4.03 trillion.

The international investment position accounts (read more here) complement the international transaction accounts (read more here and here).  When used in combination, the two sets of accounts provide a complete statistical picture of the international sector of the U.S. economy.

You can find the latest annual international investment position release here or see a template of what the new quarterly release will look like here.  You can also sign up to receive the new quarterly releases by email subscription service.