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Who Really Owns the U.S. National Debt?

johnm h Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 8:02 AM
The comment that foreigners' share would would be larger without Fed purchases is highly misleading. it means that the federal government replaced private sector activity and that the fed financed it with temporary money base that will have to be replaced by either foreign debt or inflation or eliminated causing high interest rates and an outflow of interest payments.

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: