[OPE-L] Foreign buyers and sellers of US treasuries

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Sun Nov 18 2007 - 10:36:16 EST

(A blogger in China reports:)

Let talk a closer look at the World of buyers and sellers of US dollar denominated assets like US Treasuries.  Below is the year- to -year net changes in foreign holdings of US Treasuries.  These are the latest numbers available from the US Treasury (April numbers are not available yet).  These numbers represent the net change for a year (from March 2006 to March 2007).  Don't confuse these numbers with the existing foreign holdings of these countries.    

-        Countries with a negative number mean they are net sellers
-        Countries with a positive number mean they are net buyers
-        Total amount of net sales are -$116.8 led by UK, Japan, France, and Korea
-        China is the largest net buyer at $101, which almost makes up for all the net sellers
-        Very surprised that Luxemburg is such a large net buyer  

Foreign Holdings             Net Change (billions)        
China                                                              101        
Brazil                                                                39.2        
Luxemburg                                                               25        
Caribbean                                                                21.7        
Oil Exports                                                               14.9        
India                                                                8.9        
Turkey                                                                  6.6        
Netherlands                                                             5.7        
All Others                                                                   2.6        
Switzerland                                                                  2        
Israel                                                                  1.8        
Germany                                                                   1        
Thailand                                                                   0.4        
Italy                                                                      0.3        
Poland                                                                     0        
Sweden                                                                      -2.9        
Canada                                                                      -3.3        
Singapore                                                                      -3.5        
Mexico                                                                     -4.9        
Belgium                                                                    -4.9        
Ireland                                                                   -7.9        
Korea                                                                   -14.3        
France                                                                      -14.3        
Japan                                                                   -26.7        
UK                                                                      -34.1       

From http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/viewthread.php?gid=2&tid=567843&extra=page%3D1@(
Existing foreign holdings of US securities 2005/2006 (in total about $7 trillion of longterm securities):

TIC data (time Tics away):

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