Foreigners Bought A Record Amount Of US Stocks In 2020, Bond-Selling Continues

Thanks to a $73.8 billion buying spree in December...

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2020 saw foreigners buy a stunning $368 billion in US equities ($294bn by official institutions and $74 billion by private entities)...

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That is more than triple the 2010 and 2012 totals, more than double 2009 ($152bn), and over 50% bigger than the previous biggest year - 2007 - when total buying topped $195bn.

Overall, December saw selling in Treasuries and Corporate bonds, buying in Agencies (and stocks as we have discussed):

  • Treasuries: -$20.7BN
  • Agencies: +$51.2BN
  • Corporate Bonds: -$11.4BN
  • Corporate Stocks: +$78.3BN

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Finally, we note that while Treasury holdings overall are steady, they have a long way to go to match the de-dollarization trend seen in gold holdings over the past year...

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Source: Bloomberg

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