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    The U.S. Gets It Right on Smithfield

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is charged with screening foreign investments to ensure they pose no risk to national security. CFIUS receives a great deal of criticism, some of it deserved. But the decision last week to approve Chinese firm Shuanghui’s $4.7 billion acquisition of … More

    Trade Deficit Worry Warts Ignore $26 TRILLION in Foreign Investment

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently reported that job-creating foreign investment in the United States is approaching $26 trillion. In the first quarter of 2013, the value of foreign investment in the United States increased by $394 billion. That includes investments in U.S. stocks and bonds, government securities, … More

    Brazil Turns Away from Capital Controls

    Last week, Brazil announced that it is finally eliminating its most prominent tax on foreign portfolio investment. This reversal is the most recent reminder of the negative effects of capital controls. Capital controls are measures, sometimes in the form of taxes or fees, that limit the movement of capital into … More

    One Step on Cyber Espionage: Reform the Foreign Investment Process

    Japanese telecommunications company Softbank wants to buy Sprint Nextel for about $20 billion. One barrier to the deal is unusual: Softbank and Sprint are being pushed to spurn equipment made by specific Chinese companies, due to cyber espionage fears. The fear is reasonable but the way the deal is being … More

    India Property Rights: Not a New Problem

    For the past few weeks, India’s internal turmoil has been on display via news headlines on rape, widespread poverty, and continued civil conflict. Foreign Affairs recently published an article exploring one of the root causes of India’s widespread poverty and a perpetrator of its social challenges: landlessness. The article explains … More

    Upstate South Carolina: A Case Study in Free Trade Benefits

    Greenville, South Carolina, is the ninth-fastest growing city in the United States, according to CNN Money. Two of the main contributors to this rapid growth are trade liberalization (free trade) and foreign direct investment. The upstate of South Carolina, which includes the city of Greenville and small towns of Spartanburg … More

    Morning Bell: Chinese Investment in the U.S. Shatters Records

    China set a record with its investments around the world in 2012. And in the United States, China shattered its previous investment record. Before people start panicking, it’s important to know: This is not a bad thing. First, let’s put it in perspective. Chinese investment is still very, very small … More

    Morning Bell: See America's Ranking in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

    When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter? Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they … More

    China Likes American Stuff, and That's Good

    China’s State Administration for Foreign Exchange is buying $1.5 billion worth of pension assets from General Motors. The assets are positions in funds held by the Carlyle Group, Blackstone, and CVC Capital. This is the latest in a surge of Chinese investment in the U.S., investment that benefits all the … More