The United States is the world's largest economy with a GDP of over $15 trillion and a population and consumer market of more than 310 million people. The U.S. is a thriving market with a stable economic, political, and legal structure that offers a wealth of opportunities for foreign companies and investors.
The U.S. has significant natural resources, a healthy labor market, and solid industries that help support more than 310 million people with a median household income of $48,000, which is among the highest in the world's major developed countries. In short, the continued demand for products and services appears great.
In addition, the United States has entered into free trade agreements with 19 other countries, providing access to a further 415 million customers for U.S. goods and services.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the United States has been an important factor in the U.S. economy for a number of years, with FDI totaling $1.7 trillion over the last ten years. Though investment hit a low of $64 billion in 2003, it surged to an historical peak of $328 billion in 2008. FDI continues to be strong with investments of $194 billion in 2010.
At present, relatively few countries account for most of the investment in the United States. In fact, 84% of FDI in the U.S. in 2010 came from or through eight countries: Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Canada.
Efforts are focused on outreach to foreign governments and investors, support for state governments investment promotion efforts, and addressing business climate concerns by serving as ombudsman in Washington for the international investment community.
Direct Foreign Investment
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The United States offers firms from around the world an open, stable market with may opportunities for profit. Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays a major role in the U.S. economy, both as a key driver of the economy and an important source of innovation, exports and jobs. The United States has always provided foreign investors a stable and welcoming market. As a place to do business, the United States offers a predictable and transparent legal system, low taxes, outstanding infrastructure, and access to the worldâ€™s most lucrative consumer market.