January 13, 2011 / 9:31 PM / 8 years ago

Foreign central banks' U.S. debt holdings fall - Fed

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Foreign central banks’ overall holdings of U.S. marketable securities at the Federal Reserve fell in the latest week, data from the U.S. central bank showed on Thursday.

The Fed said its holdings of U.S. securities kept for overseas central banks fell $8.99 billion in the week ended Jan. 12 to $3.346 trillion.

The breakdown of custody holdings showed overseas central banks’ holdings of Treasury debt fell by $9.12 billion to $2.611 trillion.

Foreign institutions’ holdings of securities issued or guaranteed by the biggest U.S. mortgage financing agencies, including Fannie Mae FNMA.OB and Freddie Mac FMCC.OB, rose by $129 million to $734.47 billion.


For balance sheet graphic: link.reuters.com/buf92k


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

The full Fed report can be found on: here (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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