Who’s buying US debt?

November 18, 2013

¬†Here’s a Reuters graphic answering this question, based on new Treasury sales data for September.¬†

Here’s more from Reuters:

Foreigners fled from short-term U.S. assets in September as a budget battle in Washington raised fears the government could default on some obligations, though demand for longer-term securities rose, U.S. Treasury data showed on Monday.

The budget standoff that was building in September forced a partial government shutdown that lasted for the first 16 days of October. That dented the safe-haven status of U.S. Treasury bills and pushed yields up sharply on bills maturing toward the end of that month.

It’s important to remember that the US itself actually is the single biggest holder of its own debt. Foreign holdings, David Lauter writes, represent only one-third of overall US debt.

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“….ONLY one-third of overall US debt.” (emphasis added) and how many billions or trillions is that?

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