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 Preliminary Report On Foreign Holdings Of U.S. Securities At End-June 2014


2/27/2015

WASHINGTON - Preliminary data from the June 2014 benchmark 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 30, 2015.  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 2015; preliminary data are expected to be released by February 29, 2016.

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 2014, are currently being processed.  Preliminary results are expected to be reported by August 31, 2015.

Overall Preliminary Results
The survey measured the value of foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2014, to be $16,397 billion, with $6,356 billion held in U.S. equities, $9,162 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities [1] (of which $1,064 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) [2] and $8,098 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $879 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities.  The previous survey, conducted as of June 30, 2013, measured the value of total foreign holdings of U.S. securities at $14,410 billion, with holdings of $5,070 billion in U.S. equities, $8,462 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, 2013

June 30, 2014

Long-term securities

13,532

 

15,518

 

  Equities

 

5,070

 

6,356

  Long-term debt

 

8,462

 

9,162

    Asset-backed

 

1,060

 

1,064

    Other

 

7,402

 

8,098

Short-term debt securities

878

 

879

 

Total

14,410

 

16,397

 

Of which: Official

5,406

 

5,682

 

 

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, 2014
(Billions of dollars)

 

 

Total

Equities

Long-term debt

Short
-term

 

 

 

 

ABS

Other

1

Japan

1,917

361

148

1,346

62

2

China, mainland [i]

1,817

320

196

1,292

9

3

Cayman Islands

1,409

838

118

368

84

4

United Kingdom

1,290

741

34

477

37

5

Luxembourg

1,198

502

56

560

80

6

Canada

989

769

29

167

25

7

Belgium

713

34

26

640

13

8

Ireland

675

204

66

276

129

9

Switzerland

634

331

22

257

24

10

Middle East Oil Exporters [ii]

601

318

15

210

58

11

Taiwan

397

31

147

218

1

12

Bermuda

355

93

44

194

25

13

Germany

320

137

34

143

5

14

Singapore

307

142

6

149

10

15

Netherlands

303

195

14

85

9

16

Norway

297

176

1

118

2

17

France

269

157

12

88

12

18

Hong Kong

263

74

8

130

50

19

Brazil

263

7

*

229

26

20

Australia

238

170

5

49

14

21

Korea, South

180

59

30

77

13

22

British Virgin Islands

176

128

4

27

17

23

Sweden

157

113

1

39

5

24

Mexico

144

42

4

73

25

25

Russia

115

*

*

115

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country Unknown

63

3

*

60

*

Rest of the World

1,306

410

43

708

145

Total

16,397

6,356

1,064

8,098

879

of which: Foreign Official

5,682

956

363

3,992

372

[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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