Global Stock Gains Spur Jump in U.S. Foreign Security Holdings

U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities were 14.7 percent higher at the end of 2013 compared to the prior year, driven by climbing equity investments.

Holdings rose to $9.13 trillion from $7.96 trillion at the end of 2012, the Treasury Department said today. U.S. portfolios held $6.47 trillion in equity from abroad at the end of 2013, up from $5.32 trillion.

Long-term debt and short-term debt securities holdings were little changed, the Treasury reported.

Assets from the United Kingdom accounted for the largest share of U.S. holdings of foreign securities, followed by the Cayman Islands, Canada and Japan. Together, those countries attracted 41 percent of all U.S. portfolio investment, the Treasury said.

Data from a complementary survey measuring foreign holdings of U.S. securities are slated to come out on Feb. 27, according to the release.

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