Top 30 Countries with Largest Currency Reserves

Below are top 30 countries with the largest foreign exchange reserves, excluding gold, according to Wikipedia. Why is this list important right now? While the US government is in a shut-down mode and default is looming, it is a good idea to examine the real financial situation with various countries. Just like in your household and mine, we determine the solvency of any economy by savings to debt ratio. Which countries are solvent and which are not? What is really going on with the US government debt?

As of 10/10/2013, USA has $16.749 trillion in public debt and only $136 billion in currency reserves. If you or I had this kind of debt to savings ratio, we would have to declare bankruptcy in a hurry. Moreover, no one in their right mind would have lent us this much money in the first place, seeing as we had so little in savings. How does USA get away with it? And how did it manage to keep its AAA rating till relatively recently? Apart from the global financial game being seriously rigged in favor of the United States, the US has been enjoying an unfair advantage no one else has: the US dollar, or petrodollar as it’s frequently referred to, is the world reserve currency. The US can print (or rather add digits electronically) as much as it wants, thus devaluing yours and mine hard-earned savings and destroying the long-term value of the currency, while exporting inflation and financial problems to other countries. However, the US won’t be able to do this with impunity forever. The situation is changing slowly but surely. I’ll talk about that in future posts. More coming!

The numbers below don’t take into account the so-called creditor nation vs. debtor nation status, in other words, the level of debt of any given country. For example, China has by far the largest foreign exchange reserves – almost $3.5 trillion. Over 1 trillion of that is in US dollar. Chinese debt has been rising fast due to the rapid pace of economic growth (which has now slowed down significantly), but compared to China’s reserves, it’s still relatively small. This makes China the larger creditor nation in the world. Russia has a negligible debt, however, its reserves are at $470 billion, which makes Russia a pure creditor nation. Same is true for Switzerland, whose debt is small compared to its reserves. At the same time, USA currency reserves are only $136 billion, while America’s public debt as of 10/10/2013 is $16.749 trillion and rising fast (see US debt clock), which makes it the largest debtor nation not only in the world, but also in human history! Note: if we include US private and corporate debt, the numbers by some estimates will be closer to $100 trillion.

Stay tuned: The largest Gold Reserves by country coming next!

Rank Country Foreign-exchange reserves
Ex. Gold
(Millions of US$)
Figures as of
1  People’s Republic of China 3,496,686 June 2013[2]
2  Japan 1,221,693 July 2013[3]
3  Saudi Arabia 688,017 July 2013[4]
4   Switzerland 472,757 July 2013[5]
5  Russia 470,205 July 2013[6]
6  Republic of China (Taiwan) 409,120 July 2013[7]
7  Brazil 369,137 July 2013[8]
  Eurozone.svg Eurozone 325,834 July 2013[9]
8  Republic of Korea 324,915 July 2013[10]
9  Hong Kong 299,807 July 2013[11]
10  Singapore 260,884 July 2013[12]
11  India 257,647 July 2013[13]
12  Mexico 167,582 July 2013[14]
13  Thailand 165,707 July 2013[15]
14  Malaysia 136,417 July 2013[16]
15  United States 136,275 July 2013[17]
16  United Kingdom 116,088 July 2013[18]
17  Poland 105,724 July 2013[19]
18  Turkey 104,451 July 2013[20]
19  Indonesia 89,348 July 2013[21]
20  Denmark 83,781 July 2013[22]
21  Israel 79,030 July 2013[23]
22  Philippines 74,945 July 2013[24]
23  Canada 69,624 July 2013[25]
24  Peru 66,250 July 2013[26]
25  Germany 65,410 July 2013[27]
26  Sweden 59,949 July 2013[28]
27  Norway 56,911 June 2013[29]
28  France 51,744 July 2013[30]
29  Italy 51,084 July 2013[31]
30  Australia 46,939 July 2013[32]

About Lada Ray

Lada Ray is a linguist & former financial consultant with Smith Barney. Born in Russia, Lada lived and traveled to nearly 30 countries on most continents. She is the internationally certified Feng Shui Master and author of 3 novels + multiple novelettes; most notably, top-rated metaphysical thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER & bestselling thriller GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure). Lada has extensively written re. Russia, world cultures, geopolitics, empire collapse, feng shui and consciousness. She is known for her accurate predictions. Lada's Blogs: FuturisTrendcast - geopolitics and predictions. Lada Ray Blog - books, writing, world cultures. We are presently working on expanding Lada Ray Youtube channel to include Lada's original geopolitical analysis and far-reaching global predictions, as well as her mystical futurism. The world is going through a massive tectonic shift of consciousness on all levels and in all aspects of life. Make sure you are prepared! Subscribe!

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