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 Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at End-June 2015


2/29/2016

WASHINGTON - Preliminary data from the June 2015 annual survey of foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities were released today on the Treasury website at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx.  Final survey results, which will include additional detail as well as possible revisions to the preliminary data, will be reported on April 29, 2016.  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 annual 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.

Overall Preliminary Results
The survey measured the value of foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2015, to be $17,125 billion, with $6,660 billion held in U.S. equities, $9,526 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities [1] (of which $1,155 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) [2] and $8,371 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $939 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.
 
Table A.  Foreign holdings of U.S. securities, by type of security, as of recent survey dates
(Billions of dollars)


Type of security

June 30, 2014

June 30, 2015

Long-term securities

15,539

 

16,186

 

  Equities

 

6,356

 

6,660

  Long-term debt

 

9,183

 

9,526

    Asset-backed

 

1,064

 

1,155

    Other

 

8,119

 

8,371

Short-term debt securities

878

 

939

 

Total

16,417

 

17,125

 

Of which: Official

5,682

 

5,891

 

 

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)

 

 

Total

Equities

Long-term debt

Short
-term

 

 

 

 

ABS

Other

1

Japan

1,903

391

146

1,292

75

2

China, mainland [i]

1,843

331

215

1,295

3

3

Cayman Islands

1,506

883

114

411

97

4

United Kingdom

1,453

835

29

547

43

5

Luxembourg

1,299

518

69

612

100

6

Canada

996

761

34

174

27

7

Ireland

833

235

65

411

122

8

Switzerland

709

343

32

306

27

9

Middle East Oil Exporters [ii]

612

285

16

249

62

10

Belgium

606

34

27

531

13

11

Taiwan

454

36

190

226

2

12

Germany

346

159

25

157

5

13

Singapore

331

145

8

166

12

14

Netherlands

320

202

16

93

9

15

Norway

310

199

1

108

1

16

Hong Kong

298

77

7

155

59

17

Bermuda

287

89

45

131

22

18

France

275

168

14

85

8

19

Brazil

268

8

*

239

21

20

Australia

242

176

5

52

10

21

Korea, South

209

63

32

101

13

22

British Virgin Islands

173

119

5

33

16

23

Sweden

169

119

1

43

6

24

Mexico

157

41

6

95

15

25

India

119

2

*

101

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest of the World

1,408

440

56

759

154

Total

17,125

6,660

1,155

8,371

939

of which: Foreign Official

5,891

966

416

4,097

412

 

[i].  Excludes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, which are reported separately.
[ii]. Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

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