Foreign Holders of Italian Government Debt Securities: New Evidence
16 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2017
Date Written: October 26, 2016
Drawing on data from the Eurosystem’s recent Securities Holdings Statistics (SHS) and the IMF’s Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS), the paper provides a detailed breakdown of foreign holders of Italian government securities by sector and geographical area. We estimate that euro-area investors held more than 60 per cent of the Italian general government securities held by non-residents at the end of 2015; the sector in the euro area holding the largest share was ‘other financial intermediaries’ (predominantly non-money market funds), followed by banks and the insurance industry and pension funds. We also show that foreign demand for Italian government debt was mainly driven by euro-area countries in 2014, while in 2015 it mostly reflected purchases made by investors outside the euro area.
Keywords: securities holdings, cross-border investment, sovereign debt
JEL Classification: F30, G10, H60
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