NEW YORK, April 16 Foreign central banks'
holdings of U.S. Treasuries at the Federal Reserve increased in
the latest week, data from the U.S. central bank showed on
Treasuries held by overseas central banks at the Fed rose
$26.76 billion to $1.84 trillion in the week ended April 15.
The combined holdings of Treasuries and agency securities
by foreign central banks at the Fed totaled $2.65 trillion, an
increase of $22.46 billion.
However, holdings of securities issued or guaranteed by
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fell by $4.31 billion to $804.35
billion in the latest week.
Overseas central banks, particularly in Asia, have been
huge buyers of U.S. debt in recent years and own over a quarter
of marketable Treasuries. China recently overtook Japan as the
biggest such buyer.
The full Fed report can be found on:
(Reporting by U.S. Treasury team)