Who is the US in debt to? How much is the US in debt?
The country has an impending repayment that could end with the US defaulting on debt for the first time in its history if the debt ceiling remains.
The US debt ceiling has been reached and Congress is at an impasse. The House has passed a bill to suspend the limit, but the Republican senators say they will not support the bill. This leaves the real risk of a government shutdown as well as the US being unable to repay debt payments in October.
Negotiations are ongoing and failure would also lead to the termination of the Democrat political agenda.
The country is teetering on a debt precipice which would cause an economic slowdown around the globe. The debt news comes as Chinese real estate giant Evergrande is close to bankruptcy, causing a slide on world stocks in the last few days.
- What does it mean to suspend the debt ceiling?
- How could social security benefits be impacted if Congress doesn't suspend the ceiling debt?
- What's the debt ceiling? Why is the debt ceiling important?
- Is a government shutdown going to happen at the end of the month?
- Will the House bill to suspend the debt limit get approval from the Senate?
How big is the US debt?
The US debt stands at $28.5 trillion. Despite this being over the debt to GDP ratio, at 107%, the reason the US economy can sustain itself is that there is belief from investors that the US can eventually repay its debt.
However, problems arise once there is a possibility of defaulting. Failure to repay debt has never happened in US history and would scare investors around the world, precipitating a fall in the strength of the dollar. The fact that its is used as reserve currency for many countries means a likely global economic slowdown as foreign currency reserves become worth much less value.
Google Trends shows that people are searching for info about this: "Trending Q's" about the debt ceiling in the past week have included "What does raising the debt ceiling mean?" and "What happens if the US defaults?" My favorite: "Why is there a debt ceiling?" https://t.co/tjwVn6m8fl— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 23, 2021
Who is the US in debt to?
The US Treasury manages the US debt through its Bureau of the Public Debt. The debt falls into two categories: intra-governmental holdings and debt held by the public. 78% of is held in public debt. A third of this is controlled by foreign governments, while the rest is owned by US banks and investors.
The problems with a default are then clear. If the US can't afford to pay back a loan, companies and foreign governments will stop investing in the US economy. This would lead to a general price hike on goods in the US. The public debt is also significant as much of the debt is stored in Social Security payments and pension funds. Defaulting on the debt would impact the livelihoods of these Americans.
Former Treasury Sec. Larry Summers says the risk of the US defaulting on its debt would lead to “financial chaos.”— New Day (@NewDay) September 23, 2021
“Nobody should be debating whether the United States is going to pay its debts back or not. … Let's just get on with it.” https://t.co/NEwdPVIPMC pic.twitter.com/VdhZHEVK1M
For example, Japan holds $1.28 trillion in US Treasuries. Therefore, a weakened dollar would not just impact the US economy, but that of Japan too. The close knitting of the global economy means just one shock could lead to a large downturn, as every economy is affected by events. This would be magnified by the importance of the US in the world economy.
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