Major Holders Of The U.S. Corporate Bond Market

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  • The size of the U.S. corporate bond market, as measured by the Fed’s Flow of Funds, totals $13.1 trillion at the end of Q1 2018
  • It includes $10.2 trillion of domestic issues and $2.8 trillion of foreign issues held by U.S. residents
  • The market has increased from 45.7 percent of GDP at the end of 1999 to 65.4 percent of GDP
  • The total size of the market has grown by 188 percent since the turn of the century as compared to nominal GDP growth of 102 percent
  • Foreigners hold 30 percent of the market, almost double from the end of 1999
  • Life insurance companies are the largest domestic holder of corporate bonds
  • Mutual funds are the second largest domestic investors at 15.4 percent followed by households (including hedge funds), private pension funds, and state & local govt retirement funds
  • The corporate bond market is now 65.4 of U.S. GDP, of which, domestic issuers total 51 percent of GDP


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4 Responses to Major Holders Of The U.S. Corporate Bond Market

  1. Anonymous says:

    Always interesting insights on this blog. Keep up the good work.

  2. Jay says:

    Is there a updated version of this? Would love to see the changes

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