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Who Really Owns the U.S. National Debt?

willis9 Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 12:29 PM
It really does not matter who owns the debt. Who owns the responsibility to pay for it is what does matter and that will be the young and future generations. I am 74 and will never pay my share, fair or not, but i did not vote for it so they will live with it while i am mouldering in my grave.

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: