US net debt to the rest of the world increased to a record $2.69 trillion


Bureau of Economic Analysis International Investment Position

The U.S. net international investment position at yearend 2005 was -$2,693.8 billion with direct investment valued at current cost, as the value of foreign investments in the United States exceeded the value of U.S. investments abroad. At yearend 2004, the U.S. net international investment position was -$2,360.8 billion.

The -$333.0 billion change in the net investment position from 2004 was largely due to record private net foreign purchases of U.S. securities and to depreciation of most major foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar, which lowered the dollar value of U.S.-owned assets abroad. 

The price appreciation of U.S.-held foreign stocks surpassed by a large amount price appreciation of foreign-held U.S. stocks.

U.S. official reserve assets decreased $1.5 billion to $188.0 billion.

  • Foreign acquisitions of assets in the United States were $1,212.3 billion in 2005, down from $1,450.2 billion in 2004.
  • U.S. acquisitions of assets abroad were $426.8 billion in 2005, down from a record $867.8 billion in 2004
  • U.S.-owned assets abroad increased $822.0 billion to $10,008.7 billion with U.S. direct investment abroad valued at current cost
  • U.S. holdings of foreign securities increased $520.6 billion to $4,074.0 billion.
  • Foreign-owned assets in the United States increased $1,155.0 billion to $12,702.5 billion with foreign direct investment in the United States valued at current cost
  • Foreign holdings of U.S. securities other than U.S. Treasury securities, excluding official holdings, increased $395.2 billion to $4,390.7 billion.
  • Foreign direct investment in the United States valued at current cost increased $147.2 billion to $1,874.3 billion, mostly as a result of financial transactions.

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