Russia Holds $132 Billion of US Debt

Russia and the United States have levers to pull in their diplomatic showdown over Ukraine, but the amount of U.S. debt held by Russia won’t be one of them.
For one, Russia owns a fairly modest amount of U.S. Treasuries — and that figure is shrinking. So even if Russia dumped its holdings, it wouldn’t have much of an impact.

Figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department show Russia owned $132 billion worth of Treasuries at the end of January, down 5% from December.
That might seem like a lot, but it’s just a little more than 10% of what China or Japan hold — more than $1 trillion each. And it places it just behind tiny Luxembourg, which owns $135 billion.

via CNN

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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