What does the U.S. government's debt look like? Similar to people with a credit card, mortgage, or car loan, the federal debt consists of different parts. See some of the characteristics of the federal debt and how they have changed over time.
When you are done here, see how the U.S. federal debt compares to other countries.
This analysis was created using the Monthly Statement of the Public Debt (MSPD)as the data source for federal debt of the United States and the Monthly Treasury Statement (MTS)as the data source for federal government revenue and spending. Average interest rates on federal debt come from TreasuryDirect.gov.Holders of United States Treasury securities were identified using three sources: MSPD which contains detailed information on trust funds that own Treasury securities, the Treasury International Capital (TIC)System which identifies foreign holders of U.S. federal debt, and the System Open Market Account (SOMA)Holdings of Domestic Securities which reports Federal Reserve holdings of Treasury securities.