In 2016, foreign countries have dumped a shocking $192 billion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds. This dumping of bonds is the biggest selloff of U.S. debt since 1978.
China, Japan, France, Brazil and Colombia are the leading countries that are dumping U.S. debt.
U.S. Treasury bonds are the safest investments in the world. Countries often hold large portions of their cash reserves in U.S. Treasury bonds. Countries are dumping U.S. debt because they need the money.
Most countries are selling everything including the kitchen sink to come with the money required to pay the bills and to try and stimulate their economies.
Foreign sales of U.S. debt appear to be primarily driven by economic necessity.
Debt Sales Also Driven By Record National Debt
The U.S. debt held by China is $1.243 trillion, as of April 2016. That’s 30% of the $4.046 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $19 trillion debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself.
Between 1789 and 1992, the entire national debt was about $4 trillion. Today, $4 trillion is just what we owe other countries. The total $19.3 trillion national debt could be spooking U.S. debt buyers. At what point do debt buyers begin to question the ability of the U.S. government to service the $19.3 trillion national debt? The U.S. government can’t even hike rates more than a quarter-point some seven years after the last recession because the economy is so weak. If the U.S. economy goes into another downturn, that will mean more stimulus and spending that will drive the national debt beyond $23 trillion in the blink of an eye.
U.S. government debt as a percent of GDP has recently broken above 100%.
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With the U.S. consumer’s buying power destroyed by years of offshoring at the hands of corrupt political parties taking money from foreigners, what value does the U.S. have beyond its natural resources? At some point holding U.S. debt becomes too risky and not worth the low yields paid as shown in the chart below.