Creditor nations have invested more resources in other countries than the rest of the world has invested in them. To determine if a country is a creditor nation, one must account for the the nation's overall debt balance when calculating the balance of payments.
Creditor nations can sometimes lose their status and become debtor nations. This happened to the United States in 1988 when its balance of payments turned negative.
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creditor nation — ➔ nation * * * creditor nation UK US noun [C] (also creditor country) ► ECONOMICS, POLITICS a country that owes less to other countries than other countries owe to it: »Asia is now a region of creditor nations, not debtors. → Compare … Financial and business terms
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debtor nation — UK US noun [C] (also debtor country) ► ECONOMICS, POLITICS a country that owes more to other countries than other countries owe to it: »The heavy foreign buying of U.S. securities flipped the U.S. over from creditor to debtor nation a few years… … Financial and business terms
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