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 Treasury International Capital Data For December


2/17/2004

FROM THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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Treasury International Capital (TIC) data for December are released today and posted on the U.S. Treasury web site ( www.treas.gov/tic).  The next release date, which will report on data for January, is scheduled for March 15, 2004.

Domestic Securities

Gross purchases of domestic securities by foreigners were $1,198.8 billion in December, exceeding gross sales of domestic securities by foreigners of $1,118.0 billion during the same month.

Foreign purchases of domestic securities reached $80.8 billion on a net basis in December, relative to $82.4 billion during the previous month.  Purchases were largely accounted for by private net flows of $64.4 billion in December.  Net private purchases of Corporate Bonds represented the largest inflow from private sources, reaching $19.7 billion in December.   Net private purchases of Treasury Bonds and Notes increased to $18.4 billion during the month.  Net private purchases of Government Agency Bonds rose for the third consecutive month to $12.9 billion in December.  Net private purchases of Equities reached $13.4 billion.

Official net purchases of long-term U.S. securities were $16.4 billion in December, relative to $20.9 billion in November.  Official net purchases of Treasury Bonds and Notes of $11.3 billion accounted for the bulk of official inflows in December, down from $18.9 billion the previous month.

Foreign Securities

Gross purchases of foreign securities owned by U.S. residents were $310.1 billion in December, relative to gross sales of foreign securities to U.S. residents of $315.2 billion during the same month.

Gross sales of foreign securities to U.S. residents exceeded purchases by $5.1 billion, highlighting a net U.S. acquisition of $0.1 billion in Foreign Bonds and $5.0 billion in Foreign Equities.

Net Long-Term Securities Flows

Net foreign purchases of long-term securities from U.S. residents were $75.7 billion in December compared with $87.5 billion in November.  Net foreign purchases of long-term securities were $707.9 billion in the 12-months through December 2003 as compared to $574.6 million during the twelve months through December 2002.

The full December data set, including adjustments for repayments of principal on asset-backed securities, as well as historical series, can be found on the TIC web site, http://www.treas.gov/tic/.

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