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 Preliminary Annual Report on U.S. Holding of Foreign Securities


8/29/2008

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Preliminary data from an annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2007 are released today and posted on the U.S. Treasury web site at ( http://www.treas.gov/tic/fpis.html). Final survey results, which will include additional detail as well as revisions to the data, will be reported on October 31, 2008.

The survey was undertaken jointly by the U.S. Treasury Department, 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, 2008, are currently being processed. Preliminary results are expected to be reported on February 27, 2009.

Overall Preliminary Results

The survey measured U.S. holdings at year-end 2007 of approximately $7.2 trillion, with $5.2 trillion held in foreign equities, $1.6 trillion in foreign long-term debt securities (original term-to-maturity in excess of one year), and $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities. The previous such survey, conducted as of year-end 2006, measured U.S. holdings of $6.0 trillion, with $4.3 trillion held in foreign equities, $1.3 trillion in foreign long-term debt securities, and $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities.

 

Table 1. U.S. holdings of foreign securities, by type of security, as of survey dates

(Billions of dollars)

Type of Security

Dec. 31, 2006

Dec. 31, 2007

 

 

 

Long-term Securities

5,623

6,855

Equity

4,329

5,248

Long-term debt

1,294

1,607

Short-term debt securities

368

357

 

 

 

Total

5,991

7,212

 

U.S. Portfolio Investment by Country

Table 2. U.S. 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, 2007

(Billions of dollars, except as noted)

 

Country

Total

Equity

Long-Term Debt

Short-Term Debt

1

United Kingdom

1,142

715

286

141

2

Japan

594

529

60

4

3

Canada

586

379

185

22

4

Cayman Islands

544

232

271

41

5

France

448

348

83

17

6

Germany

426

329

89

8

7

Switzerland

288

281

4

3

8

Bermuda

273

256

17

*

9

Netherlands

235

154

76

5

10

Australia

223

138

73

11

11

Brazil

189

173

16

*

12

Spain

146

107

38

2

13

Korea, South

140

129

10

*

14

Ireland

132

49

50

33

15

Hong Kong

121

120

2

*

16

Italy

120

97

22

1

17

Sweden

112

57

29

26

18

Mexico

110

85

24

*

19

China 2

97

96

1

*

20

Luxembourg

95

40

44

11

21

Finland

94

90

4

*

22

Netherlands Antilles

89

88

1

*

23

India

85

82

3

*

24

Taiwan

81

81

*

0

25

Russia

81

74

7

*

 

Rest of world

761

519

211

30

 

Total

7,212

5,248

1,607

357

 

The stock of foreign securities for December 31, 2007 reported in this survey may not, for a number of reasons, correspond to the stock of foreign securities on December 31, 2006, plus cumulative flows reported in Treasury's transactions reporting system. The final report on U.S. holdings of foreign securities as of end-year 2007 will contain an analysis of the relation between the stock and flow data.

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