Thomson Financial News - In the first quarter, US investments abroad were $286.6 billion, while foreigners invested $411.0 billion in the United States. Of that latter total, only $46.6 billion or 11 percent t was direct investment in US productive assets. The remaining capital inflows were foreign purchases of Treasury securities, corporate bonds, bank accounts, currency, and other paper assets. Essentially, Americans borrowed $364.4 billion to consume about 5.0 percent more than they produced.