Then vs. Now
The United States has stiff competition for investment dollars. In 2016, it accounted for 24 percent of the world’s inward stock of foreign direct investment compared to 37 percent in 2000.
When international companies choose to grow their operations in the United States, they cast a vote of confidence in the strength of the U.S. economy. Their investment also gives other countries a stake in the success of the United States, broadens the U.S. economy and opens new markets.