A Global View of the U.S. Investment Position

Author/Editor:

Andrew J Swiston

Publication Date:

September 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper analyzes various indicators of the U.S. international investment position from a portfolio perspective. The 1990s saw a decline in home bias, which, coupled with rapid financial deepening, led to a large increase in gross international investment holdings. The home bias of non-U.S. investors declined more rapidly than that of U.S. investors, allowing the United States to finance a rising stock of net liabilities, even as foreign portfolios remained marketweight or underweight U.S. assets in each investment category. However, a comparison to other countries reveals that the U.S. net international investment position (NIIP) is large given the size of the economy and is deteriorating, especially through a growing negative net debt securities position.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/181

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451862003/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005181

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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