United States - Gross External Debt

United States: Gross External Debt

Unit Mil. USD, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 0.85 %
Data 2020 Q3 6,885,197
2020 Q2 6,826,881

Series Information

Source U.S. Department of the Treasury
Release Treasury International Capital - Gross External Debt Position
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 9/30/2014
End Date 9/30/2020

United States: Government

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Government Budget Balance Dec 2020 -143,562 -145,266 Mil. USD, NSA Monthly
Government Expenditures Dec 2020 489,682 364,819 Mil. USD, NSA Monthly
Government Revenues Dec 2020 346,119 219,553 Mil. USD, NSA Monthly
Outstanding Public Debt Dec 2020 27,747,797 27,446,288 Mil. USD Monthly
Gross External Debt 2020 Q3 6,885,197 6,826,881 Mil. USD, NSA Quarterly

Release Information

Gross external debt is the overall magnitude of U.S. indebtedness to foreigners.  The gross external debt position divides that debt among five sectors (government, monetary authorities, banks, other, and direct investment).  These figures are reported quarterly as part of the Treasury International Capital system.

The presentation conforms to the IMF Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS). The source switched from BPM5 to BPM6 as of 2014Q3.

Figures are expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, not seasonally adjusted.

Some line items are reported as either zero or blank in different periods.

All debt are presented at face value. Exception: long-term debt securities in memoradum section are valued at market value, as recommended.
It is recommended that all currency and depositsbe included in the short-term category unless detailed information is available to make the short-term/long-term attribution.
Other debt liabilities comprise insurance, pension, and standardized guarantee schemes, and other accounts payable. It is recommended that insurance, pension, and standardized guaranteed schemes be classified as long term.
Arrears are recorded in the original debt instrument.
In line with BPM6, SDR allocations should be reported as long-term external debt liabilities.

The position data are reported as of the end of each quarter, beginning with June 30, 2003 (Q2 2003), and are published on the last business day of the following quarter (a one-quarter lag).

Revised data for the previous June, September and December are normally released on the last business day of June. Revisions include the results of the Survey of Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities at the end of the previous June.

Line items that are reported exclusively as "blank" (as distinct from zero) do not have Data Buffet time series.  Series that alternate between zero and blank may appear to lag, i.e., if the latest period(s) are reported as blank, they are stored in Data Buffet as "ND", and the "last value" attribute in Mnemonic 411 will reflect the final numeric (zero) period.