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 Preliminary Annual Report On U.S. Holdings Of Foreign Securities At Year-end 2012


8/30/2013

WASHINGTON – Preliminary data from an annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2012 were released today and posted on the Treasury web site at (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx#usclaims). Final survey results, which will include additional detail as well as possible revisions to the data, will be reported on October 31, 2013.

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, 2013, are currently being processed.  Preliminary results are expected to be reported on February 28, 2014.

Overall Preliminary Results

The survey measured the value of U.S. holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2012 at approximately $7.9 trillion, with $5.3 trillion held in foreign equities, $2.3 trillion held 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 2011, measured the value of U.S. holdings at $6.8 trillion, with $4.5 trillion held in foreign equities, $2.0 trillion held 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, 2011

Dec. 31, 2012

Long-term securities

6,480

7,576

      Equity

4,501

5,312

      Long-term debt

1,979

2,265

Short-term debt securities

360

365

Total

6,841

7,941

 

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, 2012
(Market value, billions of dollars, except as noted)

 

Country or Region

Total

Equity

Long-Term Debt

Short-Term Debt

1

United Kingdom

1,129

758

296

74

2

Canada

808

376

377

55

3

Cayman Islands

784

561

220

2

4

Japan

521

427

61

32

5

France

375

257

105

13

6

Australia

351

147

142

62

7

Switzerland

333

322

8

3

8

Germany

330

228

79

23

9

Netherlands

286

146

129

11

10

Brazil

216

150

66

*

11

Ireland

181

134

46

*

12

Bermuda

178

150

28

*

13

Korea, South

175

141

31

2

14

Mexico

157

77

72

8

15

Hong Kong

145

139

3

2

16

Sweden

122

66

31

24

17

China, mainland

120

119

1

*

18

Italy

110

54

55

*

19

Luxembourg

105

31

71

2

20

Spain

99

63

33

3

21

Taiwan

88

87

*

0

22

South Africa

86

71

15

*

23

India

79

76

3

*

24

British Virgin Islands

74

68

6

0

25

Norway

73

24

33

16

26

Singapore

73

59

9

4

27

Netherlands Antilles

70

65

5

*

28

Russia

67

55

12

*

29

International organizations

57

*

50

7

30

Israel

57

37

19

1

 

Rest of world

697

421

258

17

 

Total

7,941

5,312

2,265

365

* Greater than zero, but less than $500 million.

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