Monday, February 25, 2013

Major Foreign Holders of US Treasury Securities

The US treasury produces a handy list of major foreign holders of US securities which can be found here. As  of September 30, 2012 the total was USD 5.5 trillion up from USD 5.0 trillon on December 31, 2012.

The distribution between the major foreign holders is shown in the following graph (total USD 5.5 trillion):

The countries fall within one or more of the following categories:
  • financial centers
  • strong export nations
  • participant in competitive quantitative easing and currency devaluation
When looking at the change for the first three quarters in 2012 against the absolute value the following picture emerges (Asian countries in green and Latin American countries in yellow).

The increase of Switzerland and Japan are notable while China and the Oil Exporters remained at a stable level.

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