26 January 2016

Saudi Arabia's Secret Holdings of U.S. Debt Are Suddenly a Big Deal

by Andrea Wong, Liz McCormick

It’s a secret of the vast U.S. Treasury market, a holdover from an age of oil shortages and mighty petrodollars: Just how much of America’s debt does Saudi Arabia own?

But now that question -- unanswered since the 1970s, under an unusual blackout by the U.S. Treasury Department -- has come to the fore as Saudi Arabia is pressured by plunging oil prices and costly wars in the Middle East.


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