Income Payments - Economics
What are Income Payments?
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What are Income Payments?
Income payments on assets, as the name implies, is income resulting from ownership of assets - including, interest, dividends, rents, royalties, etc.
The third component of the current account balance, labeled “income payments,” refers to money that U.S. financial investors received on their foreign investments (money flowing into the United States) and payments to foreign investors who had invested their funds here (money flowing out of the United States). The reason for including this money on foreign investment in the overall measure of trade, along with goods and services, is that, from an economic perspective, income is just as much an economic transaction as car, wheat, or oil shipments: it is just trade that is happening in the financial capital market.
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