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Who Really Owns the U.S. National Debt?

Henry159 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 12:41 AM
It would make more sense to sell Hawaii to the Japanese, the second largest creditor. We fought a war with them once and they are now our friends. We don't really have any collateral for China, though they have a lot of people that buy our goods.

Today, we're taking a preliminary look at just who owns all the debt issued by the U.S. federal government through 30 September 2012 - the end of the U.S. government's fiscal year. Our chart below visualizes what we found.

The information presented in our chart above is preliminary, as the U.S. Treasury typically revises its foreign entity debt ownership data in March of each year.

Overall, U.S. entities own just 65.8% of all debt issued by the U.S. federal government. Ranking the major U.S. entities from low to high, we find that: