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DEFINITION of 'Foreign Investment'

Flows of capital from one nation to another in exchange for significant ownership stakes in domestic companies or other domestic assets. Typically, foreign investment denotes that foreigners take a somewhat active role in management as a part of their investment. Foreign investment typically works both ways, especially between countries of relatively equal economic stature.

BREAKING DOWN 'Foreign Investment'

Currently there is a trend toward globalization whereby large, multinational firms often have investments in a great variety of countries. Many see foreign investment in a country as a positive sign and as a source for future economic growth. The U.S. Commerce Department encourages foreign investment through its "Invest in America" initiative.

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