Infographic: International Accounts

A country’s international accounts are made up if its balance of payments and international investment position.The balance of payments refers to the economic transactions of all residents of a country and the rest of the world. This includes, exports, imports and claims on foreign currency. Technically the balance of payments should equate to zero but as can be seen from the heat map below, this rarely happens.The countries represented by the lighter colours are experiencing a deficit in the balance of payments, those represented by darker colours are in surplus.The net international investment of a country is the total financial and non-financial assets that nationals of a country hold internationally. There are typically correlations between these two sets of data.
Source: Slemma

Source: Slemma

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