Foreigners Bought C$12.9 Billion of Canada Securities in April

Foreigners made their fourth straight purchase of Canadian securities in April, led by federal government bonds.

Purchases totaled C$12.9 billion ($10.5 billion) following March’s revised C$22.6 billion gain, Statistics Canada said Tuesday in Ottawa. The April purchase brings the year-to-date total to C$50.1 billion, almost triple the C$18.5 billion in the same period in 2014.

The total included C$6.8 billion of bonds from the federal government, and another C$3 billion of its money-market paper, the largest such purchase since December 2012. International investors also purchased a net C$3.7 billion of Canadian stocks.

Federal government bonds have been the biggest contributor to the year-to-date total, swinging to a C$22.9 billion purchase, compared with an C$8.9 billion net divestment in the first four months of last year.

Today’s report also showed that Canadians bought C$6.6 billion of foreign securities in April, led by a C$4.7 billion investment in stocks.