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The findings from an annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at end-year 2007 are released today and posted on the U.S. Treasury web site http://www.treas.gov/tic/fpis.html
A complementary survey measuring foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities is also carried out annually. Preliminary results from the most recent such survey, covering securities held as of June 30, 2008, are expected to be reported by February 27, 2009.
These surveys are 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 survey measured the value of U.S. holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2007 of approximately $7,212 billion, with $5,248 billion held in foreign equities, $1,607 billion in foreign long-term debt securities (original term-to-maturity in excess of one year), and $357 billion in foreign short-term debt securities. The previous survey measured U.S. holdings at year-end 2006 of approximately $5,991 billion, with $4,329 billion held in foreign equities, $1,294 billion in foreign long-term debt securities, and $368 billion in foreign short-term debt securities (see Table 1).
U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities by country at the end of 2007 were by far the largest for the United Kingdom ($1,142 billion), followed by Japan ($594 billion) and Canada ($586 billion) (see Table 2).
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.