The following is the text of Canada’s international transactions report for June released by Statistics Canada.
Non-residents reduced their holdings of Canadian securities by $7.9 billion in June, following two straight months of acquisitions totalling $36.3 billion. Canadian investors added $3.9 billion of foreign securities to their portfolio, mainly US government bonds.
Foreign holdings of Canadian debt securities down on large retirements of bonds
Foreign investors reduced their holdings of Canadian bonds by $7.8 billion in June, the largest divestment since December 2008. This resulted from a $17.5 billion retirement of maturing instruments, mostly Canadian dollar denominated bonds from the federal government and its enterprises. These retirements were moderated by non-resident investment in Canadian bonds on the secondary market in June, mainly government securities.
Non-resident investors purchased $0.8 billion of Canadian money market instruments in June, down from $7.3 billion in May. Foreign investment of $2.2 billion in federal paper was partially offset by a reduction in foreign holdings of government enterprise and corporate paper. Canadian short-term interest rates fell to their lowest level in 2012 by month-end.
Non-resident holdings of Canadian equities edge down
Non-residents sold $0.9 billion of Canadian stocks in June, following a $2.1 billion investment in May. Sales were focused on shares from the energy and gold sectors. Canadian equity prices were up 0.7% in June, following three months of declines.
Canadian acquisition of foreign bonds led by US government securities
Canadian investors acquired $4.1 billion of foreign bonds in June, the largest acquisition since November 2010. Activity was led by $3.0 billion in acquisitions of US government bonds, largely short-term instruments, and was the largest such purchase in over five years. The remainder of the activity was largely composed of purchases of corporate debt in the maple bond market. The spread between Canadian and US long-term yields narrowed in June but remained favourable for investment in Canada, as the Canadian dollar appreciated against its US equivalent.
Canadians sell foreign equities for the first time in four months
Canadian investors reduced their holdings of foreign equities by $0.2 billion in June, as prices in major world equity markets increased after posting sizable declines in May. Sales of non-US foreign stocks, a first divestment in these instruments since April 2011, were moderated by further acquisitions of US stocks over the month.
Note to readers
The historical revision to the Canadian National Accounts is scheduled for release beginning in October 2012. Information on Canada’s international transactions in securities new CANSIM tables (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/nea-cen/hr2012-rh2012/data-donnees/cansim/tables-tableaux/bop-bdp/c-eng.htm#a3) and output formats (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/nea-cen/hr2012-rh2012/data-donnees/publications/tables-tableaux/bop-bdp/tab-eng.htm#a3) is now available on the National economic accounts website, tables 376-0131 to 376-0138.
All values in this release are net transactions unless otherwise stated.
The data series on international security transactions cover portfolio transactions in stocks, bonds and money market instruments for both Canadian and foreign issues.
Stocks include common and preferred equities, as well as warrants.
Debt securities include bonds and money market instruments.
Bonds have an original term to maturity of more than one year.
Money market instruments have an original term to maturity of one year or less.
Government of Canada paper includes treasury bills and US-dollar Canada bills.