Netherlands Bank research links financial development to net foreign asset composition

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In a Netherlands Bank working paper released in March, authors Robert Vermeulen and Jakob De Han assert that as a country's economic position improves, its long-run net foreign asset position will decline.

The researchers gathered data from 51 countries over a period of 37 years and conclude that financial development also leads to higher net equity and lower net debt positions.

The paper emphasises that there are a number of variables to be taken into account when considering these conclusions

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