5352.0 - International Investment Position, Australia: Supplementary Statistics, 2013  
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ANALYSIS AND COMMENTS

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT POSITION

Australia’s net international investment liability position as at 31 December 2013 was $829.8 billion, an increase of $1.7 billion on the previous year.

Level of foreign investment in Australia

The level of foreign investment in Australia increased $249.5 billion to reach $2,462.0 billion for the year ended 31 December 2013. Portfolio investment accounted for $1,380.4 billion (56%), direct investment for $629.9 billion (26%), other investment for $333.8 billion (14%) and financial derivatives for $117.9 billion (5%). Of the portfolio investment liabilities, debt securities accounted for $969.6 billion (39% of foreign investment in Australia) and equity securities for $410.8 billion (17% of foreign investment in Australia).

The leading investor countries for the year ended 31 December 2013 were:

  • United States of America ($657.9 billion or 27%)
  • United Kingdom ($562.9 billion or 23%)
  • Japan ($131.0 billion or 5%)
  • Singapore ($60.5 billion or 2%)
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China) ($51.3 billion or 2%)
  • Switzerland ($47.1 billion or 2%).

In addition, the level of borrowing raised on international capital markets (e.g. Eurobonds) was $28.9 billion or 1%.

The following graph illustrates the percentage share, by leading countries, of the total level of foreign investment in Australia for the year ended 31 December 2013.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIA, LEVELS, 31 DECEMBER 2013



Level of Australian investment abroad

The level of Australian investment abroad reached $1,632.2 billion for the year ended 31 December 2013, an increase of $247.8 billion on the previous year. Portfolio investment accounted for $648.5 billion (40%), direct investment for $494.8 billion (30%), other investment for $309.3 billion (19%), financial derivatives for $120.1 billion (7%) and reserve assets for $59.5 billion (4%).

The leading investment destination countries for the year ended 31 December 2013 were:
  • United States of America ($471.7 billion or 29%)
  • United Kingdom ($255.7 billion or 16%)
  • New Zealand ($81.1 billion or 5%)
  • Germany ($56.5 billion or 3%)
  • Canada ($53.7 billion or 3%)
  • Japan ($50.2 billion or 3%).

The following graph illustrates the percentage share, by leading countries, of the total level of Australian investment abroad for the year ended 31 December 2013.
AUSTRALIAN INVESTMENT ABROAD, LEVELS, 31 DECEMBER 2013




FINANCIAL ACCOUNT TRANSACTIONS


The balance on the financial account for the year ended 31 December 2013 recorded a net inflow (surplus) of $46.2 billion. This result is down $16.4 billion on the net inflow of $62.6 billion recorded for the previous year.


Foreign investment in Australia - Transactions


Foreign investment in Australia recorded a net inflow of $91.3 billion for the year ended 31 December 2013, a decrease of $0.9 billion on the net inflow of $92.2 billion for the previous year.

The leading countries recording net inflows during 2013 were:
  • United States of America ($31.7 billion or 35%)
  • China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) ($8.8 billion or 10%)
  • Japan ($6.6 billion or 7%).

Partly offsetting these, net outflows were recorded for the following countries:
  • Luxembourg ($8.5 billion or 9%)
  • Germany ($7.2 billion or 8%)
  • Canada ($4.5 billion or 5%).
The following graph illustrates the percentage share, by leading countries, of net financial transactions for foreign investment in Australia for the year ended 31 December 2013.

FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIA, TRANSACTIONS, 31 DECEMBER 2013





Australian investment abroad - Transactions

Australian investment abroad recorded a net outflow of $45.2 billion for the year ended 31 December 2013, an increase of $15.5 billion on the net outflow of $29.6 billion for the previous year.

The leading countries recording net outflows during 2013 were:
  • China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) ($9.9 billion or 22%)
  • Singapore ($9.0 billion or 20%)
  • United States of America ($8.8 billion or 19%)
  • Japan ($5.3 billion or 12%)
  • New Zealand ($3.4 billion or 8%).

Partly offsetting this, was a significant net inflow recorded for the United Kingdom ($24.2 billion or 54%).

The following graph illustrates the percentage share, by leading countries, of net financial transactions for Australian investment abroad for the year ended 31 December 2013.


AUSTRALIAN INVESTMENT ABROAD, TRANSACTIONS, 31 DECEMBER 2013

INCOME

Income debits totalled $82.0 billion for the year ended 31 December 2013, an increase of $2.7 billion on income debits for the previous year. The main countries to which income accrued for the year ended 31 December 2013 were:
  • United States of America ($14.9 billion or 18%)
  • Japan ($7.7 billion or 9%)
  • United Kingdom ($7.6 billion or 9%)
  • Switzerland ($2.2 billion or 3%)
  • Singapore ($1.6 billion or 2%)
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China) ($1.6 billion or 2%).

Income credits totalled $47.1 billion for the year ended 31 December 2013, an increase of $2.9 billion on income credits for the previous year. The main countries from which income accrued for the year ended 31 December 2013 were:
  • United States of America ($8.4 billion or 18%)
  • New Zealand ($4.6 billion or 10%)
  • United Kingdom ($3.7 billion or 8%)
  • Canada ($2.8 billion or 6%)
  • Singapore ($2.2 billion or 5%)
  • Netherlands ($1.3 billion or 3%).