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Foreign holders of Italian government debt securities: new evidence


  • Valerio Della Corte

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Stefano Federico

    () (Bank of Italy)


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.

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  • Valerio Della Corte & Stefano Federico, 2016. "Foreign holders of Italian government debt securities: new evidence," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 363, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_363_16

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    securities holdings; cross-border investment; sovereign debt;

    JEL classification:

    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • H60 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - General

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