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Largest Holders of U.S.
Treasuries
Background
The amount of U.S. Government debt has almost
tripled since 2003 – and has grown by almost eight
trillion dolla...
Background
We have seen the amount of U.S. Treasuries outstanding balloon over the last ten years:
Sources: Federal Reserv...
12. Brazil
Amount: $254 Billion
Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
Growth Since 2003: 2050%
11. Oil Exporters
Amount: $257 Billion
Includes: Ecuador, Venezuela, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, ...
10. Insurance Companies
Amount: $261 Billion Growth Since 2003: 57%
Includes: property-casualty and life insurance compani...
9. Caribbean Banking Centers
Amount: $291 Billion
Includes: Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Netherlands Antilles, and Pa...
8. Banking Institutions
Amount: $400 Billion Growth Since 2003: 161%
Includes: Commercial Banks, Savings Institutions, Cre...
7. State and Local Governments
Amount: $527 Billion Growth Since 2003: 45%
Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
6. Pension Funds
Amount: $720 Billion Growth Since 2003: 124%
Includes: Private Pension Funds, State and Local Government ...
5. Mutual Funds
Amount: $988 Billion Growth Since 2003: 249%
Includes: Mutual Funds, Money Market Funds, Close-end Funds a...
4. Japan
Amount: $1,083 Billion Growth Since 2003: 97%
Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
3. Individuals
Amount: $1,193 Billion Growth Since 2003: 192%
Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
2. China
Amount: $1,276 Billion Growth Since 2003: 702%
Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
1. Federal Reserve
Amount: $1,937 Billion Growth Since 2003: 190%
Sources: Federal Reserve System, U.S. Treasury
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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 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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Largest Holders of U.S. Debt

  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!

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