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Preliminary Annual Report On U.S. Holdings Of Foreign Securities At Year-End 2016 | U.S. Department of the Treasury

Preliminary Annual Report On U.S. Holdings Of Foreign Securities
At Year-End 2016
August 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – Preliminary data from an annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign
securities at year-end 2016 were released today. The final survey report, which will include
additional detail as well as possible revisions to the data, will be released on October 31, 2017.
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,
2017, are currently being processed. Preliminary results are expected to be reported on
February 28, 2018.
Overall Preliminary Results
The survey measured the value of U.S. holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2016 at
approximately $9.9 trillion, with $7.1 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 $0.3 trillion held
in foreign short-term debt securities. The previous such survey, conducted as of year-end 2015,
measured the value of U.S. holdings at $9.5 trillion, with $6.8 trillion held in foreign equities,
$2.3 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, 2015

Dec. 31, 2016

Long-term securities

9,103

9,586

Equity

6,756

7,146

Long-term debt

2,347

2,439

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Short-term debt securities
Total

351

310

9,455

9,896

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, 2016
(Market value, billions of dollars, except as noted)
Total

Equity

Long-term
Debt

Short-term
Debt

1

Cayman Islands

1,366

1,018

347

2

2

United Kingdom

1,196

878

287

31

3

Japan

854

696

91

67

4

Canada

833

423

333

76

5

France

497

347

127

23

6

Ireland

463

390

66

6

7

Netherlands

436

263

168

6

8

Switzerland

423

407

13

3

9

Germany

374

294

68

12

10

Australia

297

161

112

25

11

Bermuda

246

217

29

0

12

Korea, South

177

154

23

1

13

Brazil

152

110

42

*

14

Mexico

145

53

90

2

15

Sweden

134

85

30

18

16

Luxembourg

132

54

75

3

17

India

132

122

9

1

18

Taiwan

130

130

*

0

19

Hong Kong

124

118

4

2

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Singapore

115

100

8

7

21

Spain

112

92

19

1

22

China, mainland (1)

103

99

2

2

23

Jersey

102

87

15

1

24

Italy

92

65

26

1

25

Curaçao (2)

91

88

2

*

26

South Africa

79

68

11

0

27

Denmark

75

62

13

*

28

International
organizations

75

*

71

5

29

Israel

65

48

17

*

30

British Virgin Islands

63

52

11

0

31

Rest of world

812

467

330

15

Total

9,896

7,146

2,439

310

* 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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