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Composition of U.S. Federal Debt

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Can anyone find the composition of U.S. federal debt? How much of our total debt is owed to foreign interests and what countries are the primary lenders?

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The solution explains the composition of U.S. Federal Debt. The solution goes into some explanation of how much of our total debt is owed to foreign interest and what countries are the primary lenders.

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