Monday, July 24, 2006
First of a Series: U.S. Debt and Foreign Holdings
Inspired by James Hamilton, the first in a series of graphics using FRED's fiscal and business data to look at the discussion over foreign-held debt.
As you can see from the table, the holding of U.S. debt by foreign/international entities has nearly doubled since March of 2000--and more than doubled since the recent debt nadir of June/September of 2001. While the actual amount of the increase is less than the amount of increase in both public and private holdings, the percentage change is notably higher.