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Saudi holdings of US Treasuries hit record low, signaling push to diversify from dollar

Saudi Arabia's stockpile of US Treasuries fell to $108.1 billion in June, the lowest point since December 2016.
A general view shows office buildings at al-Raidah Digital City of the Saudi capital Riaydh on February 28, 2022.

DUBAI — Saudi Arabia’s US Treasury holdings fell to a more than six-year low in June as the kingdom shifts its attention toward higher-risk assets. Other countries with large US Treasury holdings have also been selling off more and more of them, in a signal that they are taking steps to diversify from the reigning American dollar. 

Saudi Arabia — the largest Middle East holder of US government debt — sold more than $3 billion of its shares in June. This brought down Riyadh's total holdings to $108.1 billion, the lowest since December 2016, according to US government data compiled by Bloomberg on Wednesday. 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) sold about $4 billion in Treasuries in June, bringing down the stockpile of the second-largest Middle East holder to $65.2 billion. 

The trend is in line with Arab Gulf states’ plans to shift their investments to higher-risk and higher-return avenues, including projects to diversify away from oil dependence and domestic initiatives to encourage foreign direct investment. 

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