U.S. Debt Held by Foreign Entities

Foreign entities own 32.5 percent of the entire U.S. national debt. To finance borrowing, the U.S. government sells treasury securities domestically and abroad. Foreign governments, individuals, and institutions then buy these securities as an investment. Currently, mainland Japan is the largest foreign owner of U.S. national debt with over $1.1 trillion.

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Date Produced: June 22, 2017

Source: Treasury (June 2017)

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