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The 10-year Treasury bond yield traded at 2.03 percent today a level not seen since April 2012. We thought it’s a good time to revisit who are the major holders of U.S. Treasury securities.   Some of the data are subject to caveats – noisy as some categories calculated as residuals and group various holders together — and how they are presented should be viewed as good approximations.  

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First, the total public debt of the U.S. government in Q3 2012 was $16.1 trillion (101.6 % of GDP), of which, $11.3 trillion (71.2% of GDP) was held by the public and $4.8 trillion by the government, such as the social security trust fund.   These data are reflected in the table below.

As of yesterday, current total U.S. public debt outstanding is $16.4 trillion, with $11.6 trillion held by the public and…

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