June 17, 2010 / 8:31 PM / 8 years ago

Foreign central bank U.S. debt holdings rise - Fed

NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - Foreign central banks’ ownership of U.S. Treasuries and agency securities at the Federal Reserve rose in the latest week, data from the U.S. central bank showed on Thursday.

The combined holdings of Treasuries and agency securities by foreign central banks at the Fed climbed by $15.13 billion to $3.088 trillion in the week ended June 16. They resumed their recent rise after falling last week.

Treasuries held by overseas central banks at the Fed increased by $8.01 billion to $2.270 trillion.

Foreign central banks’ holdings of securities issued or guaranteed by the biggest U.S. mortgage financing agencies, including Fannie Mae FNM.N and Freddie Mac FRE.N, rose by $7.12 billion to $818.02 billion in the latest week.

Overseas central banks, particularly in Asia, have been huge buyers of U.S. debt in recent years and own more than a quarter of marketable Treasuries. Japan and China are the biggest two holders of Treasuries.

The full Fed report can be found on: here

Reporting by Richard Leong, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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