April 16, 2009 / 8:34 PM / 9 years ago

Foreign central banks' Treasuries holdings rise - Fed

NEW YORK, April 16 (Reuters) - 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 Thursday.

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:

here (Reporting by U.S. Treasury team)

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