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 Preliminary Annual Report On U.S. Holdings Of Foreign Securities At Year-End 2016


8/31/2017

WASHINGTON – Preliminary data from an annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2016 were released today and posted on the Treasury web site at (https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx). The final survey report, which will include additional detail as well as possible revisions to the data, will be released on October 31, 2017.

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 also is conducted annually.  Data from the most recent such survey, which reports on securities held on June 30, 2017, are currently being processed.  Preliminary results are expected to be reported on February 28, 2018.

Overall Preliminary Results

The survey measured the value of U.S. holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2016 at approximately $9.9 trillion, with $7.1 trillion held in foreign equities, $2.4 trillion held in foreign long-term debt securities (original term-to-maturity in excess of one year), and $0.3 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities.  The previous such survey, conducted as of year-end 2015, measured the value of U.S. holdings at $9.5 trillion, with $6.8 trillion held in foreign equities, $2.3 trillion held in foreign long-term debt securities, and $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities.


Table 1.  U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities, by type of security, as of survey dates
(Billions of dollars)

Type of Security Dec. 31, 2015 Dec. 31, 2016
Long-term securities 9,103 9,586
      Equity 6,756 7,146
      Long-term debt 2,347 2,439
Short-term debt securities    351    310
Total 9,455 9,896

 

Table 2.  U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities, by country of issuer and type of security, for the countries attracting the most U.S. portfolio investment, as of December 31, 2016
(Market value, billions of dollars, except as noted)

  Total Equity Long-term Debt Short-term Debt
1 Cayman Islands 1,366 1,018 347 2
2 United Kingdom 1,196 878 287 31
3 Japan 854 696 91 67
4 Canada 833 423 333 76
5 France 497 347 127 23
6 Ireland 463 390 66 6
7 Netherlands 436 263 168 6
8 Switzerland 423 407 13 3
9 Germany 374 294 68 12
10 Australia 297 161 112 25
11 Bermuda 246 217 29 0
12 Korea, South 177 154 23 1
13 Brazil 152 110 42 *
14 Mexico 145 53 90 2
15 Sweden 134 85 30 18
16 Luxembourg 132 54 75 3
17 India 132 122 9 1
18 Taiwan 130 130 * 0
19 Hong Kong 124 118 4 2
20 Singapore 115 100 8 7
21 Spain 112 92 19 1
22 China, mainland (1) 103 99 2 2
23 Jersey 102 87 15 1
24 Italy 92 65 26 1
25 Curaçao (2) 91 88 2 *
26 South Africa 79 68 11 0
27 Denmark 75 62 13 *
28 International organizations 75 * 71 5
29 Israel 65 48 17 *
30 British Virgin Islands 63 52 11 0
31 Rest of world 812 467 330 15
           
  Total 9,896 7,146 2,439 310

* Greater than zero, but less than $500 million. (1) China excludes Hong Kong and Macau, which are reported separately.
(2) Before the 2013 survey, Curaçao was reported as part of the Netherlands Antilles.

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