Changes in the Bond Market

March 8th, 2014
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John O'Donnell's Chart of the Week

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The total debt in the United States is now about $60 trillion (345% of GDP), down from a peak of 365% of GDP. Many people are not aware that the big part of that total debt is private debt, about 72% of the total. The biggest risk in the debt instrument space is in private debt. The U.S. government is not going to default on the national debt (about $17 trillion today and rising). The risk with federal debt is for depreciation of purchasing power of the dollar. This week I review who holds the federal debt and how that has varied over the last sixty years.  There are some surprises.

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