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 Report on U.S. Portfolio Holdings of Foreign Securities at End-Year 2012


10/31/2013

REPORT ON U.S. PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS OF FOREIGN SECURITIES AT END-YEAR 2012

 

WASHINGTON – The findings from the annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2012 were released today and posted on the Treasury web site at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx.

The survey was undertaken jointly by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. 

A complementary survey measuring foreign holdings of U.S. securities is also conducted annually.  Data from the most recent such survey, which reports on securities held at end-June 2013, are currently being processed. Preliminary results are expected to be reported on February 28, 2014.

 

Overall Results

This survey measured the value of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2012 as approximately $7.9 trillion, with $5.3 trillion held in foreign equity, $2.3 trillion held in foreign long-term debt securities (original term-to-maturity in excess of one year), and $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities.  The previous such survey, conducted as of year-end 2011, measured U.S. holdings of approximately $6.8 trillion, with $4.5 trillion held in foreign equity, $2.0 trillion held in foreign long-term debt securities, and $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities. The largest gain occurred in equities, reflecting gains in global stock markets.

U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities by country at the end of 2012 were the largest for the United Kingdom ($1.129 trillion), followed by Canada ($808 billion), the Cayman Islands ($797 billion), and Japan ($521 billion) (see Table 2). These four countries attracted 41 percent of total U.S. portfolio investment. 

The surveys are part of an internationally coordinated effort under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to improve the measurement of portfolio asset holdings.


 

 

Table 1.  U.S. holdings of foreign securities, by type of security, as of survey dates [1]

(Billions of dollars)

 

Type of Security

Dec. 31, 2011

Dec. 31, 2012

 

 

 

Long-term Securities

6,480

7,576

                Equity

4,501

5,312

                Long-term debt

1,979

2,265

Short-term debt securities

360

365

 

 

 

Total

6,841

7.941

 

 

 

 

U.S. Portfolio Investment by Country

 

Table 2.  Market value of U.S. holdings of foreign securities, by country and type of security, for the countries attracting the most U.S. investment, as of December 31, 2012 [1]

 

Billions of dollars

Country or category

Total

Equity

Debt

Total

Long-term

Short-term

United Kingdom

1,129

758

370

296

74

Canada

808

376

432

377

55

Cayman Islands

797

574

223

220

2

Japan

521

427

93

61

32

France

375

257

118

105

13

Australia

351

147

204

142

62

Switzerland

333

322

11

8

3

Germany

330

228

101

79

23

Netherlands

286

146

141

129

11

Brazil

216

150

66

66

*

Ireland

181

134

47

46

*

Bermuda

178

150

29

28

*

Korea, South

175

141

34

31

2

Mexico

157

77

80

72

8

Hong Kong [2]

145

139

5

3

2

Rest of world

1,960

1,285

675

600

75

Total

7,941

5,312

2,630

2,265

365

*     Greater than zero but less than $500 million.

 

[1] The stock of foreign securities for December 31, 2012, reported in this survey may not, for a number of reasons, correspond to the stock of foreign securities on December 31, 2011, plus cumulative flows reported in Treasury’s transactions reporting system.  An analysis of the relationship between the stock and flow data is available in Table 4 and the associated text of the “Report on U.S. Portfolio Holdings of Foreign Securities” at end-year 2012.

 

[2] China excludes Hong Kong and Macau, which are reported separately.

 

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