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The international investment position (IIP) is a statistical statement that shows at a point in time the value of: financial assets of residents of an economy that are claims on nonresidents or are gold bullion held as reserve assets; and the liabilities of residents of an economy to nonresidents. The items that comprise the IIP consist of claims on nonresidents, liabilities to nonresidents, and monetary gold. Changes in an IIP statement during a period reflect financial transactions, valuation changes resulting from exchange rate changes and other price changes, and other changes that occurred during the period and affected the levels of assets and/or liabilities. Together, the balance of payments, the international investment position, and the other changes in financial assets and liabilities account summarize for an economy the economic relationships between the residents of that economy and nonresidents.

The following documents provide information on the development of IIP statistics.

Quarterly International Investment Position Statistics: Data Sources and Compilation Techniques
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Development of International Investment Position Statistics

Development of International Investment Position Statistics: A Supplement

International Investment Position: A Guide to Data Sources
2002 (Second Printing, 2004)
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Additional information on the coverage, presentation, classification, timing, and valuation issues for the IIP, and its relationship to transactions accounts and other changes in assets and liabilities is set out in Chapter 7 of the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6). Chapter XXIII of the fifth edition of the Balance of Payments Manual (2,895 kb PDF file) (BPM5), the Supplement (209 kb PDF file) to the fifth edition of BPM5, the Balance of Payments Textbook (1,775 kb PDF file), and the Balance of Payments Compilation Guide (4,460 kb PDF file) also provide information on IIP statistics.