Per the CIA, the United States is the Brokest Nation in the World
If you believe the account balances via the CIA's World Factbook, we're not doing too well compared to the rest of the world. Go on, click it.
The top five (based on "a country's net trade in goods and services, plus net earnings from rents, interest, profits, and dividends, and net transfer payments (such as pension funds and worker remittances) to and from the rest of the world during the period specified. These figures are calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms."):
- 1 China $296,200,000,000
- 2 Japan $131,200,000,000
- 3 Germany $109,700,000,000
- 4 Switzerland $79,180,000,000
- 5 Norway $58,560,000,000
Those are positive account balances in case the coffee hasn't kicked and you're confused.
Putting this into perspective, Zimbabwe comes in #112 with an account balance of -$597,400,000. The United States? Dead last at -$380,100,000,000 in position #190.