The external claims are constituted by direct investment abroad, foreign securities, financial derivatives, other investment (largely consisting of Dutch banks’ claims on non-residents) and official reserves. As appears from the chart below, the increase in total claims is primarily accounted for by the enormous growth of Dutch foreign securities holdings and, to a slightly lesser extent, Dutch corporate direct investment abroad.
Featured statistic: EUR 2,075 billion
Date 14 November 2006
At 31 December 2005, Dutch residents’ external claims stood at EUR 2,075, thus passing the EUR 2,000 billion mark.