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International Financial Integration

Author/Editor: Lane, Philip R. | Milesi-Ferretti, Gian Maria
Authorized for Distribution: April 1, 2003
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Summary: In recent decades, the foreign assets and liabilities of advanced economies have grown rapidly relative to GDP, with the increase in gross cross-holdings far exceeding changes in the size of net positions. Moreover, the portfolio equity and FDI categories have grown in importance relative to international debt stocks. This paper describes the broad trends in international financial integration for a sample of industrial countries and seeks to explain the cross-country and time-series variation in the size of international balance sheets. It also examines the behavior of the rates of return on foreign assets and liabilities, relating them to "market" returns.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 03/86
Subject(s): International financial system | Financial assets | Investment
Author's keyword(s): International investment position | rates of return
 
English  
    Published:   April 1, 2003        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA0862003   Pages:   44
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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