Largest Holders of U.S. Debt

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The amount of U.S. Government debt has almost tripled since 2003 – and has grown by almost eight trillion dollars. …

The amount of U.S. Government debt has almost tripled since 2003 – and has grown by almost eight trillion dollars.
The amount of that debt held by foreign governments is up almost 4 times, and now almost 50% of U.S. Treasuries are held by governments outside of the United States.

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  • 1. Largest Holders of U.S. Treasuries
  • 2. Background The amount of U.S. Government debt has almost tripled since 2003 – and has grown by almost eight trillion dollars. The amount of that debt held by foreign governments is up almost 4 times, and now almost 50% of U.S. Treasuries are held by governments outside of the United States.
  • 3. Background We have seen the amount of U.S. Treasuries outstanding balloon over the last ten years: Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 4. 12. Brazil Amount: $254 Billion Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury Growth Since 2003: 2050%
  • 5. 11. Oil Exporters Amount: $257 Billion Includes: Ecuador, Venezuela, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Gabon, Libya, and Nigeria Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury Growth Since 2003: 503%
  • 6. 10. Insurance Companies Amount: $261 Billion Growth Since 2003: 57% Includes: property-casualty and life insurance companies Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 7. 9. Caribbean Banking Centers Amount: $291 Billion Includes: Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Netherlands Antilles, and Panama Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury Growth Since 2003: 515%
  • 8. 8. Banking Institutions Amount: $400 Billion Growth Since 2003: 161% Includes: Commercial Banks, Savings Institutions, Credit Unions, Broker Dealers and Holding Companies Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 9. 7. State and Local Governments Amount: $527 Billion Growth Since 2003: 45% Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 10. 6. Pension Funds Amount: $720 Billion Growth Since 2003: 124% Includes: Private Pension Funds, State and Local Government and Federal Government Retirement Funds Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 11. 5. Mutual Funds Amount: $988 Billion Growth Since 2003: 249% Includes: Mutual Funds, Money Market Funds, Close-end Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 12. 4. Japan Amount: $1,083 Billion Growth Since 2003: 97% Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 13. 3. Individuals Amount: $1,193 Billion Growth Since 2003: 192% Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 14. 2. China Amount: $1,276 Billion Growth Since 2003: 702% Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 15. 1. Federal Reserve Amount: $1,937 Billion Growth Since 2003: 190% Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
  • 16. The Motley Fool's new free report, "Everything You Need to Know About the National Debt," walks you through with step- by-step explanations about how the government spends your money, where it gets tax revenue from, the future of spending, and what a $16 trillion debt means for our future. Click here to read the full report!