Japan Becomes Largest Foreign Holder of U.S. Treasuries

Japan is now the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities, surpassing China, according to the Treasury department.

As of the end of February, Japan held $1,224.4 billion of U.S. government securities, up from $1,210.8 billion a year earlier. China held $1,223.7 billion, down from $1,272.9 billion a year earlier.

Low interest rates around the world have made Treasuries extraordinarily popular. In Japan, the government 10-year note yields 0.32%, vs. 1.89% for the bellwether 10-year T-note. The German 10-year government bond yields just 0.11%, according to FactSet.

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