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 Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at End-June 2009


4/30/2010


TG-677

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the final results from the survey of foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities at end-June 2009 at http://www.treas.gov/tic/fpis.html. The annual 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 2010, and preliminary data are expected to be released by February 28, 2011.    

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 2009, are currently being processed.   Preliminary results are expected to be reported by August 31, 2010.

 

Overall Results

The survey measured foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2009, to be $9,641 billion, with $2,252 billion held in U.S. equities, $6,240 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities 1 (of which $1,260 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) 2 and $4,979 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities) and $1,149 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities.   The previous survey, conducted as of June 30, 2008, measured foreign holdings to be $10,322 billion, with $2,969 billion in U.S. equities, $6,494 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities, and $858 billion in short-term U.S. debt securities (see Table 1).  

1.   Long-term debt securities have an original term-to-maturity of over one year.

2.   Asset-backed securities (ABS) 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, 2008

         June 30, 2009

 

 

 

Long-term Securities

9,463

8,492

       Equity

2,969

2,252

       Long-term debt

6,494

6,240

              Asset-backed

1,532

1,260

              Other

4,962

4,979

Short-term debt securities

858

1,149

 

 

 

Total

10,322

9,641

Of which: Official

3,493

3,880

 

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, 2009

( Billions of dollars)

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Country or category

Total

Equities

          Long-term debt

Short-term

 

 

 

 

ABS

Other

debt

 

1

China (Mainland) 1

1,464

78

360

866

160

 

2

Japan

1,269

182

136

883

69

 

3

United Kingdom

788

279

64

422

23

 

4

Cayman Islands

650

227

140

210

73

 

5

Luxembourg

578

137

49

312

80

 

6

Belgium

415

17

49

341

8

 

7

Middle East Oil Exporters 2

353

110

25

150

68

 

8

Ireland

348

60

64

109

115

 

9

Canada

337

242

9

73

12

 

10

Switzerland

328

130

25

134

39

 

11

Netherlands

233

128

31

61

13

 

12

Hong Kong

222

28

55

85

53

 

13

Bermuda

199

39

46

88

27

 

14

Taiwan

194

11

37

143

3

 

15

Germany

182

45

25

102

10

 

16

Brazil

156

1

*

114

40

 

17

Russia

150

*

*

87

63

 

18

Singapore

145

73

8

53

11

 

19

France

139

81

17

36

5

 

20

Norway

119

73

17

23

6

 

21

Korea, South

113

8

29

69

7

 

22

Australia

105

61

5

31

8

 

23

British Virgin Islands

83

36

3

25

19

 

24

Mexico

81

9

2

56

14

 

25

Sweden

66

37

1

26

2

 

  

Country Unknown

110

2

*

96

12

 

 

Rest of the World

815

160

63

383

208

 

 

Total

9,641

2,252

1,260

4,979

1,149

 

 

       of which:   Official

3,880

311

510

2,445

614

 

 

*    Greater than zero but less than $500 million.

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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