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How Much of US Federal Debt Is Held by Foreign/International Investors

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As a share of debt held by the public (i.e., excluding intragovernmental holdings). Figure 1: US Federal debt held by foreign & international investors as share of Federal debt held by public. Source: FRED and author’s calculations. The recent decline in the ratio arises due to the large increase in total debt held by the public (held by the public includes Fed holdings).

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As a share of debt held by the public (i.e., excluding intragovernmental holdings).

How Much of US Federal Debt Is Held by Foreign/International Investors

Figure 1: US Federal debt held by foreign & international investors as share of Federal debt held by public. Source: FRED and author’s calculations.

The recent decline in the ratio arises due to the large increase in total debt held by the public (held by the public includes Fed holdings).

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He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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