ISSN 2330-717X

Preliminary Annual Report On U.S. Holdings Of Foreign Securities

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Preliminary data from an annual survey of U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2010 were released Wednesday and posted on the Treasury web site at link.

Final survey results, which will include additional detail as well as revisions to the data, will be reported on October 31, 2011.

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, 2011, are currently being processed. Preliminary results are expected to be reported on February 29, 2012.

Overall Preliminary Results

The survey measured the value of U.S. holdings of foreign securities at year-end 2010 of approximately $6.8 trillion, with $4.6 trillion held in foreign equities, $1.7 trillion in foreign long-term debt securities (original term-to-maturity in excess of one year), and $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities.

The previous such survey, conducted as of year-end 2009, measured the value of U.S. holdings of $6.0 trillion, with $4.0 trillion held in foreign equities, $1.6 trillion in foreign long-term debt securities, and $0.4 trillion held in foreign short-term debt securities.

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* Greater than zero, but less than $500 million

[1]   The stock of foreign securities for December 31, 2010, reported in this survey may not, for a number of reasons, correspond to the stock of foreign securities on December 31, 2009, plus cumulative flows reported in Treasury’s transactions reporting system.  The final report on U.S. holdings of foreign securities as of end-year 2010 will contain an analysis of the relation between the stock and flow data.

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