Who owns America’s debt?

The US Federal Deficit is always in the news. Who actually owns the debt?

We have used Tableau in our analysis. To get the most of this insight click on the visualisation below to bring the data to life. Click on countries, values and/or basically anything you find interesting and watch how the visualisations update automatically.

Treasury bonds are how the US – borrow money by issuing government securities, which other countries and institutions buy.

Total debt has risen from 2.6b in Q3 2008 to 4.2 in Q3 2010.

US national debt is owned predominantly by Asian economies, with China topping the league with 868 billion US$ (21%) and followed by Japan 837 billion US$ (20%). The United Kingdom is third with 448 billion (11%).

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