China and Russian have been rebuilding their U.S. Treasury Holdings Since the Fall of 2016
Increase in Chinese and Russian Treasury Holdings coincide with rate hikes & new Trump administration.
After passing Japan in June as the world’s largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasuries, China added another $19.5 billion in US T bonds in July.
Chinese Holdings of U.S. Treasuries are up over $107 billion since November 2016.
Russian U.S. Treasury holdings are at their highest level since November 2014.
Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasuries grew $225 billion from November 2017 – July 2017.
Brazil has added $17.2 billion in U.S. Treasuries since October 2016 and held $271.9 billion as of July 2017.
India has added $17 billion in U.S. Treasuries since since October 2016 and held $135.7 billion as of July 2017.
The Fed protects the dollar first and foremost, not the stock market or even the too big to fail shareholder interests. Without the dollar neither of the latter two can function. Everything runs on the dollar.
The monthly data on holdings of long-term securities, as well as the monthly table on Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities, reflect foreign holdings of U.S. securities collected primarily on the basis of custodial data. These data help provide a window into foreign ownership of U.S. securities, but they cannot attribute holdings of U.S. securities with complete accuracy. For example, if a U.S. Treasury security purchased by a foreign resident is held in a custodial account in a third country, the true ownership of the security will not be reflected in the data. The custodial data will also not properly attribute U.S. Treasury securities managed by foreign private portfolio managers who invest on behalf of residents of other countries. In addition, foreign countries may hold dollars and other U.S. assets that are not captured in the TIC data. For these reasons, it is difficult to draw precise conclusions from TIC data about changes in the foreign holdings of U.S. financial assets by individual countries.
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