China's U.S. T-bond holdings remain unchanged in October

09:37, December 16, 2009      

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According to the latest report from the U.S. Treasury Department, China's holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds totaled 798.9 billion U.S. dollars, unchanged compared with that of September. China was still the biggest holder of U.S. debt.

In September, China purchased 1.8 billion U.S. dollars worth of U.S. debt. The growth rate of China's holdings of U.S. T-bonds has slowed down during the last twelve months.

The yield curve of the 10-year U.S. T-bonds has steepened in recent weeks. The figure stood at 3.56 percent on December 14. Treasuries have lost investors 2.5 percent this year, according to indexes compiled by Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch.

Japan, the second- largest holder, reduced its holdings by 5 billion U.S. dollars to 746.5 billion U.S. dollars, the Treasury data showed. Britain offloaded 18.6 billion U.S. dollars of its U.S. debt holdings to 230.7 billion U.S. dollars.

By People's Daily Online
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