Who buys US Debt?

Who’s Buying U.S. Debt?: 1955-Today


As we contemplate the massive amount of debt that the U.S. has managed to pile up over the years, it’s worth taking a look at who’s been loaning us the cash. This chart goes a long way to answer that question, showing the major holders of Treasury debt over time. You have to note that rather sharp uptick in Fed holdings of Treasurys lately. (The red line.) But obviously the big story has been among foreign holders, whose lending to Uncle Sam has exploded over the last 20 years.

Comment: Somewhat technical read with charts. One can still buy Treasuries at treasurydirect.gov. Years ago we bought savings bonds via payroll deduction. Wiki article

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