Federal Reserve now largest owner of U.S. Gov’t Debt – surpassing China

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit News 

No surprise here, this is part of the result you receive when you do quantitative easing and try and keep it a sterile operation.  The central banks racks up your public debt and their balance-sheet explodes!  I just do not see any way this will not end in some sort of general price inflation.   We need to get serious about getting our fiscal house in order or order will be brought to our financial house.  If Europe and the Euro continue to decline, we will most likely see more stimulus and that will bring increased buying of government debt by the U.S. central bank.

CNS News (Terence P. Jeffrey) –  At the close of business on Tuesday, the debt of the federal government exceeded $15 trillion for the first time–with the largest single owner of the publicly held portion of that debt being the Federal Reserve.

Over the past year, as the Federal Reserve massively increased its holdings of U.S. Treasury securities and entities in China marginally decreased theirs, the Fed surpassed the Chinese as the top owner of publicly held U.S. government debt.

In its latest monthly report, the Federal Reserve said that as of Sept. 28, it owned $1.665 trillion in U.S. Treasury securities. That was more than double the $812 billion in U.S. Treasury securities the Fed said it owned as of Sept. 29, 2010.

Meanwhile, as of the end of this September, entities in mainland China owned $1.1483 trillion in U.S. Treasury securities, according to data published today by the U.S. Treasury Department. That was down slightly from the $1.1519 trillion in U.S. Treasury securities the Chinese owned as of the end of September 2010, according to the same Treasury Department report.

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