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Who Really Owns the U.S. National Debt?

Thomas274 Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 2:42 PM
We have no moral or legal obligation to repay that part of the debt that corresponds to the principal and interest due money center banks who received bonds that they didn't pay a dime to procure. They got those bonds for free to circulate currency, and as such, should themselves pay for the privilege. See the report of Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency put out by Wright Patman in August 1964, A Primer on Money.

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: