June 24, 2017

The National Debt is Increasingly Owned by Foreigners

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This bar chart shows how the percentage of the debt held by the public owned by foreigners has grown since the late 1980's. Today, less than half of the U.S. public debt is actually held by Americans.

Source: United States Treasury Department, Treasury Bulletin, Table OFS-2, December 2015.

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  • The national debt has grown significantly in recent years due to rising annual deficits. A deficit occurs in any year the government spends more...

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