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Fed Has Bought More U.S. Gov’t Debt This Year Than Treasury Has Issued

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Federal Debt outstanding as of the end of the calendar year 2012:   16,432,730,050,569.12

Federal Debt outstanding as of February 6, 2013:   16,479,954,658,103.57

Amount of Increase in Debt: 47,224,607,534.40

If I did my math correctly, the size of the Federal Debt increased $47.224 Billion since the beginning of the year.

Now look at the Fed Balance sheet holdings of US Treasuries over that same period.

Fed Treasury Holdings as of Wednesday, January 2, 2013:     1,666,118 
Fed Treasury Holdings as of Wednesday, February 6, 2013:    1,717,182

Amount of Increase in Fed Treasury Holdings since the beginning of the year:   $51.064 Billion

That is $3.879 BILLION MORE than the US Treasury has issued this year!