International capital data released by the U.S. Treasury on Tuesday showed a monthly net international capital inflow of $56.4 billion in May.
Of the $56.4 billion, net foreign private inflows accounted for $46.6 billion, and net foreign official inflows accounted for $10 billion.
Foreign holdings of long-term U.S. securities remained unchanged in May. Net sales by private foreign investors totaled $43.8 billion, and net purchases by foreign official institutions totaled $43.8 billion.
U.S. residents, however, increased their holdings of long-term securities—net purchases totaled $27.2 billion.
Accounting for both foreign and U.S. securities transactions, net foreign purchases of long-term securities were negative $27.2 billion, and after adjustments, the overall net foreign acquisition of long-term securities is estimated at negative $45.8 billion in May.
Additionally, foreign residents decreased their U.S. Treasury bill holdings by $39.2 billion, and foreign holdings of all short-term U.S. securities and other custody liabilities fell by $35.8 billion.