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THE GREENBACK REMAINS THE WORLD’S MOST TRUSTED CURRENCY

DOLLAR’S SHARE OF CENTRAL BANKS’ FOREIGN CURRENCY RESERVES

In 2008

64% ($2.7t)

In 2012

62% ($3.5t)

THE WORLD IS STILL INVESTING

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

Jan. 2009-June 2012

United Kingdom $89.1b

Switzerland 72.8

Luxembourg 67.3

Canada 54.5

Germany 43.6

Japan* 42.8

France 38.9

Netherlands 32.6

Belgium 30.9

Caribbean* 21.5

*Data through 2011

DEBT CRISIS REDUX?

The U.S. faces across-the-board spending cuts if it doesn’t hit targets set in the 2011 deficit deal. Moody’s Investors Service said last month it would likely cut its AA rating on U.S. debt if Washington doesn’t produce a serious deficit-cutting plan.

SOURCES International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury

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