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 Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at End - June 2010


4/29/2011


The final results from the survey of foreign portfolio holdings of U.S. securities at end-June 2010 are released today on the U.S. Treasury web site at (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Pages/fpis.aspx). A revised table on Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities, where estimates through end-February 2011 are based in part on survey data, is also released at (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt ).

This annual survey was undertaken jointly by the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The next survey will be for end-June 2011 and preliminary data are expected to be released by February 28, 2012.

Complementary surveys measuring U.S. holdings of foreign securities are also carried out annually. Data from the most recent survey, reporting on securities held on year-end 2010, are currently being processed. Preliminary results are expected to be reported by August 31, 2011.

Overall Results

The survey measured foreign holdings of U.S. securities as of June 30, 2010, to be $10,691 billion, with $2,814 billion held in U.S. equities, $6,921 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities1 (of which $1,159 billion are holdings of asset-backed securities (ABS) 2 and $5,763 billion are holdings of non-ABS securities), and $956 billion held in U.S. short-term debt securities. The previous survey, conducted as of June 30, 2009, measured total foreign holdings of U.S. securities at $9,641 billion, with holdings of $2,252 billion in U.S. equities, $6,240 billion in U.S. long-term debt securities, and $1,149 billion in U.S. short-term debt securities (see Table 1).

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.


Press Release TIC Survey June 2010.pdf


Table 1. Foreign holdings of U.S. securities, by type of security, as of recent survey dates
(Billions of dollars)


Type of Security
June 30, 2009 June 30, 2010

 

 

 

Long-term Securities

8,492 9,736

Equity

2,252 2,814

Long-term debt

6,240 6,921

Asset-backed

1,260

1,159

Other

4,979

5,763

Short-term debt securities

1,149 956

 

 

Total

9,641 10,691

Of which: Official

3,880

4,346

Table 2. 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, 2010
(Billions of dollars)

 

Country or category

Total

Equities

Long-term debt

Short-term

 

 

 

 

ABS

Other

debt

 

1

China (Mainland)1

1,611

127

299

1,180

5

 

2

Japan

1,393

224

121

979

69

 

3

United Kingdom

798

324

48

404

22

 

4

Cayman Islands

743

290

122

249

82

 

5

Luxembourg

622

172

45

323

82

 

6

Canada

424

298

9

105

12

 

7

Belgium

408

19

42

341

6

 

8

Switzerland

397

162

22

189

25

 

9

Ireland

356

77

62

118

99

 

10

Middle East Oil Exporters2

350

128

17

132

73

 

11

Hong Kong

293

33

84

88

88

 

12

Bermuda

249

44

48

129

28

 

13

Netherlands

247

152

22

67

5

 

14

Taiwan

228

12

32

181

3

 

15

Germany

195

57

38

92

8

 

16

France

194

115

19

50

10

 

17

Singapore

176

91

4

73

8

 

18

Russia

170

*

*

122

48

 

19

Brazil

169

2

*

135

33

 

20

Norway

136

90

13

32

1

 

21

Korea, South

122

13

35

68

6

 

22

Australia

118

74

4

34

6

 

23

British Virgin Islands

85

42

3

24

16

 

24

Mexico

84

17

2

60

5

 

25

Sweden

81

49

1

26

5

 

 

Country Unknown

138

1

*

135

2

 

 

Rest of the World

904

201

67

427

209

 

 

Total

10,691

2,814

1,159

5,763

956

 

 

of which: Foreign Official

4,346

426

466

2,970

484

 

 

* Greater than zero but less than $500 million.
1. Excludes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, which are reported separately.
2. Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

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