Direct Investment by Country and Industry, 2018

The U.S. direct investment abroad position, or cumulative level of investment, decreased $62.3 billion to $5.95 trillion at the end of 2018 from $6.01 trillion at the end of 2017. The decrease was due to the repatriation of accumulated prior earnings by U.S. multinationals from their foreign affiliates, largely in response to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The decrease reflected a $75.8 billion decrease in the position in Latin America and Other Western Hemisphere, primarily in Bermuda. By industry, holding company affiliates owned by U.S. manufacturers accounted for most of the decrease.

  • Current Release: July 24, 2019
  • Next Release: July 2020

What is Direct Investment by Country and Industry?

Measures the value of direct investment in the United States by overseas investors and U.S. investment in other countries. The statistics also provide information on the industries attracting investment. Ownership of 10 percent or more constitutes a direct investment.

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