QE for USA Continues, Record Ownership Level for U.S. Treasuries in October

In October 2012, the foreign ownership level of U.S. Treasuries rose to a record level. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, total foreign holdings of U.S. Treasuries grew to US$ 5.48 trillion in month of October. This is 0.1% up from September.

Largest Foreign Holders

  • China – US$ 1.16 trillion
  • Japan – US$ 1.13 trillion
  • Brazil – US$ 255.2 billion

Since the global financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has been buying treasuries and agencies at around US$ 500 billion per annum. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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