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China’s Holdings of U.S. Treasury Securities Hit 22-Month Low

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Posted By: JoniTx, 5/16/2019 12:23:21 PM

Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasury securities hit a 22-month low in March, according to data released today by the U.S. Treasury. As of February, entities in the People’s Republic of China had owned $1,130,900,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities. But in March that dropped to $1,120,500,000,000—a decline of $10,400,000,000. The last time entities in China owned less than $1,120,500,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities was in May 2017, when Chinese holdings were $1,102,200,000,000. Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasury securities peaked more than five years ago in November 2013 at $1,316,700,000,000. They are now $196,200,000,000—or 14.9 percent--below that peak. (Chart) At the end of

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scrubber 5/16/2019 12:28:14 PM (No. 66267)
But... but... Trump?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: stablemoney 5/16/2019 12:32:07 PM (No. 66264)
China can sell all their holdings and it will not be a problem. As interest rates have risen above zero on U.S. Treasuries, more Americans, and others, are buying them for near cash portions of their portfolios. America can source anything China has from India, Viet Nam, Taiwan, S. Korea, Japan, Latin America. It will take a little time to resource, not really that long, but once it is done, it will be hard for China to get regain their markets. Sorry, but that is just how it works.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Amereagle-redux 5/16/2019 12:43:11 PM (No. 66259)
Good! It is time the Empire of Liberty (us) fights back against the armies and armies of leftist and Islamist tyrants that infest far too much of this planet. #2 hit the nail directly on the head.

Go, POTUS, go!!!!!! Let freedom ring across the globe!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 5/16/2019 1:01:35 PM (No. 66262)
And SO? Irrelevant.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: davew 5/16/2019 1:14:17 PM (No. 66265)
In principle selling Treasuries should decrease their price and raise their yield. This increases the value of the dollar and decreases the value of the yuan. This in turn means that US importers would be able to buy Chinese goods cheaper, offset most of the tariff increase, and minimize any tariff increased cost to the US consumer. China would like that so they can maintain market share by devaluing their currency. Unfortunately, other US investors seem to be buying even more US bonds than China is selling which is keeping the yields stable in the short run. If the yields start going up it would hurt China but it would also hurt our stock market.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bpl40 5/16/2019 1:15:18 PM (No. 66263)
John Maynard Keynes once said "If a banker lends me a thousand pounds he owns me. If he lends me a million pounds, I own him". That is what has happened to China´s Treasuries.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: NYbob 5/16/2019 1:36:12 PM (No. 66260)
The arrogant, lying, back stabbing, criminal gang that runs China is heading full speed into a wall of reality. They really need a rat President again that they can buy, but even that is probably too far away. When it starts to really fall apart, as it is starting to do on many fronts in that prison of a country, their only move will be to start a war. Probably on their borders, but maybe a proxy move in some other part of the world.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bad-hair 5/16/2019 2:14:27 PM (No. 66266)
Hey guys, Don´t dis the Chinese too much. They have an aircraft carrier.

Let´s go for a 44 month low.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: EQKimball 5/16/2019 2:20:58 PM (No. 66261)
The benefit to China owning U.S. Treasury bonds is summarized by the old adage that "a bird won´t foul its own nest." On the other hand, it can also subtly leverage its ability to divest its holdings to try to make us walk on egg shells.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MattMusson 5/16/2019 3:16:45 PM (No. 66268)
Yep. Let´s see China dump their holdings and lose $150 Billion.

Dumbasses.
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