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In deep waters

Back to reality and what’s happening in the world today.

I received a bunch of stats and facts from one of my readers
last week lookiing at public (governmental) debt across various countries and geographies, and comparing internal debt (money
borrowed within country) with external debt (money borrowed from overseas).

Here’s the low-down.

Surprisingly or not, Japan and Greece are the worst
government borrowers with public debt at 229% and 163% of GDP respectively,
although America owes more than it produces too, with government borrowing
running at 103% of GDP.

Biggest debt

The good news for the UK is not only that Public Debt is not
bad – 62% of GDP – but most of it is borrowed from overseas.

Our near £10 trillion of borrowing is all coming from other
countries, which is near twice the levels of France and Germany and way more
than the USA who hardly borrow anything overseas by comparison.

External debt

However, it’s not all good news as debts are likely to
increase over the next few years, with borrowing increasing from the current level
of 62% of GDP to over 95% by 2016.  This
is due to the lack of economic growth more than anything else, along with other
issues related to benefits and pensions.

Unfortunately, many of our European brethren are in the same

2016 debt

So which government borrows the littlest?


Russia’s public debt is just 9.6% of GDP.

Russia’s closely followed by China and Australia, with debts
running at 25.8% and 22.9% of GDP respectively.

Smallest degbt

The full infographic provides more analysis around the net international
investment positions of nations, debt per capita, annual deficit levels and more,
so check it out.

World Debt

Oh, and thanks to Liam Fisher at IronFX for the infographic.


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Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, TheFinanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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