对“外资”一词经常有几种不同的译法，一种是 foreign investment，另一种是
overseas investment，还可以译为 international investment。如果把“外资”译为foreign
incoming / inbound tours）和“去国外的旅游团”(outward / outgoing / outbound
investment；将“向外面/对外投资”译为outward investment或者outgoing investment或者external
investment)，所以将“外资”（外国来的投资）译为foreign investment 是十分明确的：
例1 Given the need to increase both local and foreign investment in the
economy, the Trade and Industry Working Group initiated research into various
aspects affecting investment.
例2 China's absorption of foreign investment is an important aspect of China's
fundamental principle of opening up to the outside world, and is one of the
great practices of building up socialist economy with Chinese characteristics.
例3 New Zealand welcomes and encourages overseas investment from all
countries. This is reflected by the facilitative nature of the Government's
overseas investment policies.
例4 The Overseas Investment Commission administers the Overseas Investment
Regulations 1995. Under the Regulations an "overseas person" must obtain consent
to acquire or take "control" of 25 percent or more of New Zealand.
例5 overseas investment loss reserve 海外投资损失准备金
例6 Investing Overseas: Setting up a business overseas? Whether a joint
venture, subsidiary, acquisition, etc - it can be a key to improving your
company's growth and competitiveness. For many UK exporters considering setting
up a joint venture or local office will be central to reviewing their business
strategy for a particular market or group of markets. Investing overseas can,
however, involve considerable investment in time, resources and capital and
另外，例句1中的Local Investment 是指来自国内的投资，而在下面这个例句中它就是来自本地的投资，Local Investment
Fund：The National Fund that loans to Social Enterprises. 还有，domestic
investment也是指来自国内的投资，例如 Mobilizing external resources for domestic investment in
例7 Cumbria is the home of many successful international businesses as well as
the world-famous Lake District National Park. The Cumbria Inward Investment
Agency web site provides you with an introduction to Cumbria as a great location
for your business, with an unequalled quality of life for your people.
例8 Incoming Investment: Are there any prohibitions or restrictions on foreign
investment in the U.S.?
例9 Attraction of FDI: Latvia is still among the countries whose annual growth
of the incoming investment is very high. It certifies the potential hidden both
directly in the economy of Latvia and in the strategically important global
例10 Taxation of Inbound Investment: Government must make a more focused and
concerted effort to implement policies that would encourage a greater quantity
and higher quality of business investment, from both foreign and domestic
例11 Outward Investment from Canada - The Offshore Perspective
例12 Outgoing Investment：Are there any prohibitions or restrictions imposed by
the U.S. government against U.S. persons making investments outside the U.S.?
例13 Worldwide outgoing investment in 1997 reached $423.7 billion (an increase
of about 22 percent over the previous year) as a new record and continues to
increase. ... Developing countries reached their highest level of outgoing and
例14 The China Outbound Investment Statistics Report, jointly issued by the
Ministry of Commerce and the National Bureau of Statistics, gives an overview of
the movement in the Chinese mainland.
例15 Outbound investments fell to $5.73 billion last year after $6.28 billion
in 2002, $6.34 billion in 2001 and $6.02 billion in 2000. MOFE officials said
that domestic companies and individuals continued to expand their overseas
investments as they search for cheaper labor and better access to emerging
markets like China and Vietnam…
例16 External investment: How much external investment in your company was
generated based on the Licensed Technology? (External Investment includes:
venture capital funding, private or family funding, cash for equity, strategic
partnerships, government contracts, etc.)
例17 Internal Investment Priorities
to Drive Services Spending in 2004
但是要注意，home investment 是指房地产投资，例如：Home Investment Partnerships Program。