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 Report On Foreign Portfolio Holdings Of U.S. Securities At End-June 2015


5/31/2016

WASHINGTON - The final results from the annual survey of foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities at the end of June 2015 were released today on the Treasury website at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx. 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 2016; preliminary data are expected to be released by February 28, 2017.

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 2015, are currently being processed. Preliminary results are expected to be reported by August 31, 2016.

The survey measured the value of foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2015, to be $17,134 billion, with $6,655 billion held in U.S. equities, $9,547 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities [/1] (of which $1,154 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) [/2] and $8,393 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $932 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities. The previous survey, conducted as of June 30, 2014, measured the value of total foreign holdings of U.S. securities at $16,417 billion, with holdings of $6,356 billion in U.S. equities, $9,183 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities, and $878 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.

Foreign Portfolio Holdings Of U.S. Securities At End-June 2015

 

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

June 30, 2014

June 30, 2015

Long-term securities

15,539

16,202

Equities

6,356

6,655

Long-term debt

9,183

9,547

Asset-backed

1,064

1,154

Other

8,119

8,393

Short-term debt securities

878

932

Total

16,417

17,134

Of which: Official

5,682

5,794


 

 

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, 2015
(Billions of dollars)

 

Country or category

Total

Equities

Long-term debt

Short-term debt

 

ABS

Other

 

Japan

1,903

391

146

1,292

75

 

China, mainland [i]

1,844

330

215

1,296

3

 

Cayman Islands

1,506

884

114

411

97

 

United Kingdom

1,448

832

29

545

42

 

Luxembourg

1,297

518

69

612

98

 

Canada

992

761

34

173

24

 

Ireland

831

235

65

410

120

 

Switzerland

708

344

32

305

27

 

Belgium

602

34

26

528

13

 

Taiwan

454

36

190

226

2

 

Germany

344

159

25

155

5

 

Singapore

331

145

8

166

12

 

Netherlands

318

202

16

91

9

 

Norway

309

199

1

108

1

 

Hong Kong

298

77

7

155

59

 

Bermuda

287

89

45

131

22

 

France

274

168

14

84

8

 

Brazil

268

8

*

239

21

 

Australia

242

176

5

51

10

 

Korea, South

209

62

32

101

13

 

Kuwait

191

136

5

38

13

 

Saudi Arabia

184

52

10

116

5

 

British Virgin Islands

173

119

5

33

16

 

Sweden

169

119

1

43

6

 

United Arab Emirates

167

89

*

65

13

 

Rest of world

1,786

491

62

1,018

215

 

Total

17,134

6,655

1,154

8,393

932

 

    of which: Foreign Official

5,794

961

400

4,029

403

 

 

* Greater than zero but less than $500 million.
i. Excludes Hong Kong and Macau, which are reported separately.
Note:  Components may not sum to totals because of rounding.

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