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The Biggest Holders of US Government Debt

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12. Insurance Companies

U.S. debt holdings: $253.7 billion

According to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, insurance companies hold $253.7 billion in Treasury securities. This group includes property-casualty and life insurance firms.

Photo: Sylvain Leprovost