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 Preliminary Annual Report On U.S. Holdings Of Foreign Securities At Year-End 2015


8/31/2016

WASHINGTON – Preliminary data from an annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2015 were released today and posted on the Treasury website 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, 2016.

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, 2016, are currently being processed.  Preliminary results are expected to be reported on February 28, 2017.

Overall Preliminary Results

The survey measured the value of U.S. holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2015 at approximately $9.5 trillion, with $6.8 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 $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities.  The previous such survey, conducted as of year-end 2014, measured the value of U.S. holdings at $9.6 trillion, with $6.7 trillion held in foreign equities, $2.5 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, 2014

Dec. 31, 2015

Long-term securities

9,235

9,113

      Equity

6,727

6,762

      Long-term debt

2,509

2,350

Short-term debt securities

   369

   350

Total

9,604

9,463

 

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, 2015
(Market value, billions of dollars, except as noted)

 

Total

Equity

Long-term  Debt

Short-term  Debt

1

United Kingdom

1,240

897

303

41

2

Cayman Islands

1,223

921

300

2

3

Japan

821

690

84

47

4

Canada

706

326

324

56

5

Ireland

498

422

57

20

6

France

474

327

118

29

7

Switzerland

420

407

11

2

8

Netherlands

404

250

142

12

9

Germany

378

283

76

18

10

Australia

296

139

113

44

11

Bermuda

217

186

30

*

12

Korea, South

171

139

29

3

13

Mexico

146

56

86

4

14

Sweden

137

86

32

19

15

Hong Kong

136

129

5

2

16

India

130

120

9

1

17

Luxembourg

128

41

81

6

18

Brazil

116

66

49

*

19

Spain

115

90

25

*

20

China, mainland (1)

108

103

3

2

21

Taiwan

108

108

*

0

22

Italy

107

73

34

*

23

Singapore

99

81

9

9

24

Jersey

92

80

11

1

25

Denmark

90

80

9

2

26

Israel

80

63

16

*

27

Curaçao (2)

70

67

3

*

28

British Virgin Islands

63

50

12

*

29

South Africa

63

54

9

0

30

Norway

58

22

27

8

31

Rest of world

771

404

345

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

9,463

6,762

2,350

350

* 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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