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Net Foreign Assets after the pandemic

​​One of the biggest yet least understood features of the world economy are the huge financial imbalances across countries. In the decades prior to the coronavirus pandemic, international net foreign assets (NFAs) – foreign assets owned by residents net of domestic assets owned by foreigners – have undergone dramatic changes, culminating in what former US Federal Reserve President Ben Bernanke famously called a “global savings glut”. As we are beginning to see a potential end to the pandemic, are these trends in foreign investment set to resume?​

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