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Last week, based on estimates published by the U.S. Treasury Department, we indicated that Saudi Arabia owns at least 0.6% of the U.S. government’s total public debt outstanding. But that leaves at least two really big questions unanswered:
Fortunately, Political Calculations has visualized the U.S. Treasury’s data on the major domestic and foreign holders of all debt issued by U.S. government entities, at least through March 31, 2016:
So the answers to the two questions we asked above are:
In case you’re wondering, the category of “U.S. Individuals and Institutions” is dominated by insurance companies and banks. That doesn’t include the U.S. Federal Reserve however, which with holdings over 12.9% of the total value of the entire U.S. national debt, has become the largest single holder of debt securities issued by the U.S. government since the end of 2008.