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Treasury International Capital Data for December 2017
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released Treasury International Capital (TIC) data for December 2017. The sum total in December of all net foreign acquisitions of long-term securities, short-term U.S. securities, and banking flows was a monthly net TIC outflow of $119.3 billion. Of this, net foreign private outflows were $70.0 billion, and net foreign official outflows were $49.3 billion.
Foreign residents increased their holdings of long-term U.S. securities in December; net purchases were $34.3 billion. Net purchases by private foreign investors were $42.3 billion, while net sales by foreign official institutions were $8.0 billion. U.S. residents increased their holdings of long-term foreign securities, with net purchases of $7.0 billion.
Taking into account transactions in both foreign and U.S. securities, net foreign purchases of long-term securities were $27.3 billion. After including adjustments, such as estimates of unrecorded principal payments to foreigners on U.S. asset-backed securities, overall net foreign purchases of long-term securities are estimated to have been $11.9 billion in December.
Foreign residents decreased their holdings of U.S. Treasury bills by $9.7 billion. Foreign resident holdings of all dollar-denominated short-term U.S. securities and other custody liabilities decreased by $24.1 billion. Banks' own net dollar-denominated liabilities to foreign residents decreased by $107.1 billion.
Posted: February 15, 2018 Thursday 04:00 PM