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Swedish investors sold foreign debt securitiesFriday, 24 February 2012
Cross-border trade with foreign debt securities resulted in a net inflow of Skr 55.2 billion during the last quarter of 2011. The inflow is mainly due to sales of foreign bonds in foreign currencies by Swedish investors.
According to Statistic Sweden, portfolio investments with other countries resulted in a capital inflow of Skr 92.4 billion net during the last quarter of last year. The net inflow for all of 2011 was Skr 169.6 billion.
Swedish investors made net purchases of foreign debt securities denominated in SEK for Skr 7.8 billion. At the same time, they reduced their holdings of foreign debt securities issued in foreign currencies by Skr 73.0 billion net. Above all, German bonds were sold.
Foreign investors showed considerable interest for Swedish mortgage bonds issued in Skr which resulted in a net inflow of Skr 55.0 billion. In total, foreign investors made net purchases of Swedish mortgage bonds for Skr 106.1 billion during all of 2011.
Foreign investors also increased their holdings in Swedish treasury bills. The Swedish National Debt Office issued treasury bills abroad for Skr 29.8 billion; at the same time, foreign investors bought short-term government securities in SEK on the secondary market for Skr 7.9 billion net.
Investments in foreign shares and funds resulted in a net outflow
Trade in shares and funds accounted for an outflow of Skr 10.0 billion during the fourth quarter of the year. Swedish investors made net purchases of foreign shares and investment funds for Skr 17.2 billion. Investments were mainly made in Finnish shares as well as in funds registered in Luxembourg.
Foreign investors made net purchases of Swedish shares and investment funds for Skr 7.2 billion. SHB and Assa Abloy were the companies that were most popular, while the popular companies for net sales were Ericsson, Nordea and Nobia.
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