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 Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at End-June 2013


2/28/2014

WASHINGTON - Preliminary data from a survey of foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities at the end of June 2013 were released today on the Treasury website at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx.  Final survey results, which will include additional detail as well as possible revisions to the preliminary data, will be reported on April 30, 2014.  The survey was undertaken jointly by Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  The next survey will cover holdings at the end of June 2014; preliminary data are expected to be released by February 28, 2015.

Complementary surveys measuring U.S. holdings of foreign securities are also carried out annually.  Data from the most recent survey, reporting on securities held at year-end 2013, are currently being processed.  Preliminary results are expected to be reported by August 29, 2014.

Overall Preliminary Results
The survey measured the value of foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2013, to be $14,410 billion, with $5,070 billion held in U.S. equities, $8,462 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities [1] (of which $1,060 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) [2] and $7,402 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $878 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities.  The previous survey, conducted as of June 30, 2012, measured the value of total foreign holdings of U.S. securities at $13,261 billion, with holdings of $4,237 billion in U.S. equities, $8,213 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities, and $811 billion in U.S. short-term debt securities (see Table A). 

 

[1].  Long-term debt securities have an original term-to-maturity of over one year.
[2].  Asset-backed securities are backed by pools of assets, such as pools of residential home mortgages or credit card receivables, which give the security owners claims against the cash flows generated by the underlying assets.  Unlike most other debt securities, these securities generally repay both principal and interest on a regular basis, reducing the principal outstanding with each payment cycle.

Table A.  Foreign holdings of U.S. securities, by type of security, as of recent survey dates
(Billions of dollars)


Type of security

June 30, 2012

June 30, 2013

Long-term securities

12,451

 

13,532

 

  Equities

 

4,237

 

5,070

  Long-term debt

 

8,213

 

8,462

    Asset-backed

 

1,122

 

1,060

    Other

 

7,091

7,402

Short-term debt securities

811

 

878

 

Total

13,261

 

14,410

 

Of which: Official

5,149

 

5,406

 

 

Table B.  Foreign holdings of U.S. securities, by country and type of security,
for the major investing countries into the U.S., as of June 30, 2013
(Billions of dollars)

 

Total

Equities

Long-term debt

Short-term debt

 

 

 

ABS

Other

1

Japan

1,766

316

171

1,216

63

2

China (Mainland) [i.]

1,735

261

160

1,310

5

3

Cayman Islands

1,168

628

135

309

96

4

United Kingdom

1,113

584

35

463

30

5

Luxembourg

990

378

57

475

80

6

Canada

814

617

20

154

24

7

Switzerland

581

266

23

261

32

8

Ireland

575

141

73

248

114

9

Middle East Oil Exporters [ii.]

545

275

15

174

82

10

Belgium

490

29

23

425

13

11

Taiwan

372

23

127

219

3

12

Bermuda

325

74

45

181

25

13

Singapore

272

129

4

133

5

14

Netherlands

270

164

25

75

6

15

Germany

265

111

33

115

5

16

Brazil

261

4

*

237

20

17

Norway

254

154

1

98

2

18

Hong Kong

215

56

9

116

35

19

Australia

215

149

5

44

16

20

France

214

115

10

78

11

21

Korea, South

155

36

38

70

12

22

Russia

139

*

*

139

*

23

British Virgin Islands

139

101

7

20

11

24

Sweden

135

90

1

36

8

25

Mexico

131

32

3

84

11

 

Country Unknown

55

*

*

54

*

 

Rest of the World

1,218

338

42

666

171

 

Total

14,410

5,070

1,060

7,402

878

 

of which: Foreign Official

5,406

799

337

3,889

381

[i.].  Excludes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, which are reported separately.
[ii.]  Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

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