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5/2/2013 (11 months ago)

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U.S. must continue to borrow money to finance war, other programs.

Foreign investors now hold a record amount of U.S. securities and the amount continues to skyrocket. China and Japan lead the way.

Foreign nations hold a record amount of U.S. debt.

Foreign nations hold a record amount of U.S. debt.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/2/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Business & Economics

Keywords: Obama, debt, securities, treasury, China, Japan


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the U.S. Treasury, Foreigners now hold an unprecedented $13 trillion is U.S. debt and that amount continues to grow.

The total value of American bonds, securities, and other investments held by overseas interests is about $13.26 trillion and is closing fast on the $15 trillion mark, which is the size of the annual U.S. economy. Those investments have proved solid, showing growth even despite the sluggish economy in the United States.

The securities have remained popular partly because of slowing economic growth in China and the persistent economic troubles in Europe. Although the U.S. economy isn't strong, it's still growing, yielding positive returns for investors.

Japan remains the leading holder of U.S. securities and other investments with some $1.83 trillion in Japanese accounts. China is still second, holding $1.59 trillion according to the Department. China also holds large amounts of additional U.S. investments and may outrank Japan when totaled up.

A surprising third is the Cayman Islands, whose holdings include $516 billion in U.S. stocks, the largest cache of stocks of any nation. This is because the tiny nation serves as a tax haven for American cash.

After the Caribbean, including the Bahamas, Brazil also holds a substantial chunk of American debt, and comes in fourth.

Foreign countries seem happy to continue scooping up American debt, which the American people will have to pay back later, with interest. The Obama administration continues to tax and spend in an effort to boost the economy and to pay for war, Obamacare, and other relatively extravagant programs.

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