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Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at EndJune 2016
February 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. 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
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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: O icial

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
ABS

Other

Short
-term

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

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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 o icial 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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