Foreign central banks cut U.S. bond stakes to lowest since May

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By Richard Leong
Reuters
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Foreign central banks slashed their holdings of U.S. Treasuries at the Federal Reserve to their lowest level since May, Fed data released on Thursday showed.

Analysts said the decline in U.S. government bond holdings likely stemmed from a combination of factors including booking profits on the recent rally in Treasuries, and the dollar which hit a four-plus year peak earlier this month.

"Some central banks might be selling dollars to arrest its rise against their currencies. While export-oriented countries typically like a stronger dollar, they don't want it go up too fast because they could make some imports very expensive," said Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial. ...

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