Foreign Investment

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) defines Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as ownership or control of 10 percent or more of a business located in the U.S by a foreign individual or entity . In 2010, Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. companies totaled $288 billion.

U.S. individuals and entities also make direct investments in foreign companies. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. direct investment in foreign businesses totaled $328 billion in 2010. What country received the most FDI from the United States in 2010?

A. Canada
B. Singapore
C. China
D. United Kingdom
E. Ireland


D. United Kingdom

U.S. direct investment in the U.K. totaled almost $50 billion in 2010. Ireland ranked second with $29 billion followed by Canada ($27 billion), Australia ($19 billion), Singapore ($14 billion), and China ($10 billion).