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 Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at End-June 2010


2/28/2011

Preliminary data from a survey of foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities at end-June 2010 are released today on the U.S. Treasury web site at (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx).  A revised table on Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities, where estimates through end-December 2010 are based in part on survey data, is also released at (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/ticsec2.aspx, on line 1 of Part A).  Final survey results, which will include additional detail as well as possible revisions to the preliminary data, will be reported on April 29, 2011.  The survey was undertaken jointly by the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  The next survey will be for end-June 2011 and preliminary data are expected to be released by February 28, 2012.   

Complementary surveys measuring U.S. holdings of foreign securities are also carried out annually.  Data from the most recent survey, reporting on securities held on year-end 2010, are currently being processed.  Preliminary results are expected to be reported by August 31, 2011.
 
Overall Preliminary Results
 
The survey measured foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2010, to be $10,701 billion, with $2,813 billion held in U.S. equities, $6,930 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities1 (of which $1,167 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) 2 and $5,763 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $959 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities.  The previous survey, conducted as of June 30, 2009, measured total foreign holdings of U.S. securities at $9,641 billion, with holdings of $2,252 billion in U.S. equities, $6,240 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities, and $1,149 billion in U.S. short-term debt securities (see Table 1). 
 
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 1.  Foreign holdings of U.S. securities, by type of security, as of recent survey dates
(Billions of dollars)
Type of Security​
June 30, 2009
June 30, 2010
 
 
 
Long-term Securities
8,492
9,743
       Equity
2,252
2,813
       Long-term debt
6,240
6,930
              Asset-backed
1,260
1,167
              Other
4,979
5,763
Short-term debt securities
1,149
959
 
 
 
Total
9,641
10,701
Of which: Official
3,880
4,300

 

Table 2.  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, 2010

(Billions of dollars)

Country or category
Total
Equities
   Long-term debt
Short-term
 
 
 
ABS
Other
debt
 
China (Mainland)1
1,611
127
299
1,180
5
 
Japan
1,393
224
121
979
69
 
United Kingdom
806
324
56
404
22
 
Cayman Islands
732
278
122
249
82
 
Luxembourg
623
172
45
323
82
 
Canada
424
298
9
105
12
 
Belgium
408
19
42
341
6
 
Switzerland
397
162
22
189
25
 
Ireland
358
77
63
118
100
 
Middle East Oil Exporters2
351
128
17
132
73
 
Hong Kong
293
33
84
88
88
 
Bermuda
249
44
48
129
28
 
Netherlands
247
152
22
67
5
 
Taiwan
228
12
32
181
3
 
Germany
195
57
38
92
8
 
France
194
115
19
50
10
 
Singapore
176
91
4
73
8
 
Russia
170
*
*
122
48
 
Brazil
169
2
*
135
33
 
Norway
136
90
13
32
1
 
Korea, South
122
13
35
68
6
 
Australia
118
74
4
34
6
 
British Virgin Islands
85
42
3
24
16
 
Mexico
84
17
2
60
5
 
Sweden
81
49
1
26
5
 
Country Unknown
138
1
*
135
2
 
Rest of the World
912
212
63
425
211
 
Total
10,701
2,813
1,167
5,763
959
 
of which: Foreign Official
4,300
426
462
2,926
485
 

 

1.  Excludes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, which are reported separately.

2.  Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

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