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 Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at End-June 2016


2/28/2017
WASHINGTON - Preliminary data from the June 2016 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 28, 2017.  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 2017; preliminary data are expected to be released by February 28, 2018.
 
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 2016, are currently being processed.  Preliminary results are expected to be reported by August 31, 2017.
 
Overall Preliminary Results
The survey measured the value of foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2016, to be $17,141 billion, with $6,186 billion held in U.S. equities, $10,061 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities [1] (of which $1,184 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) [2] and $8,877 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $894 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities.  The previous survey, conducted as of June 30, 2015, measured the value of total foreign holdings of U.S. securities at $17,134 billion, with holdings of $6,655 billion in U.S. equities, $9,547 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities, and $932 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, 2015
June 30, 2016
Long-term securities
16,202
 
16,247
 
  Equities
 
6,655
 
6,186
  Long-term debt
 
9,547
 
10,061
    Asset-backed
 
1,154
 
1,184
    Other
 
8,393
 
8,877
Short-term debt securities
932
 
894
 
Total
17,134
 
17,141
 
Of which: Official
5,794
 
5,502
 
 
 
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, 2016
(Billions of dollars)
 
 
Total
Equities
Long-term debt
Short
-term
 
 
 
 
ABS
Other
1
Japan
1,960
428
196
1,274
62
2
China, mainland [i]
1,630
178
191
1,259
2
3
Cayman Islands
1,525
796
114
515
100
4
United Kingdom
1,428
741
25
622
39
5
Luxembourg
1,353
516
70
676
91
6
Canada
952
695
31
205
21
7
Ireland
931
238
75
505
112
8
Switzerland
743
351
20
339
32
9
Belgium
595
31
21
481
61
10
Taiwan
519
43
208
265
3
11
Germany
374
155
16
180
22
12
Netherlands
350
210
16
115
9
13
Singapore
322
137
10
162
14
14
Bermuda
307
86
46
148
27
15
Norway
306
201
1
104
1
16
Hong Kong
305
75
9
174
48
17
Brazil
259
5
*
240
13
18
Australia
237
171
5
53
8
19
Korea, South
236
75
36
115
10
20
France
217
120
7
77
13
21
Kuwait
189
131
5
41
11
22
Sweden
165
117
1
46
2
23
United Arab Emirates
161
87
*
63
11
24
British Virgin Islands
161
105
3
38
14
25
Saudi Arabia
152
35
10
103
5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rest of world
1,767
458
69
1,076
164
Total
17,141
6,186
1,184
8,877
894
of which: Foreign official institutions
5,502
819
396
3,987
301
 
 
*  Less than $500 million but more than zero.
[i].  Excludes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, which are reported separately.
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