United States Current Account
|Medium||$-212.104 B||$-233.752 B||
The Current Account reflects the balance of transactions between US residents and the rest of the world. It is calculated as the sum of the Trade Balance (the difference between exported and imported goods and services), the net factor income of US residents (such as interest, dividends, etc.) and net transfer payments (e.g. foreign donations) to US residents.
In other words, the current account includes operations between US residents and non-residents in relation to goods, services, primary (investment) and secondary (transaction) income.
The value includes three major components: goods and services, income (wages and earnings on investments) and current transfers. The balance of goods and services is calculated based on exports and imports. The balance of income includes wages and earnings on foreign investments (minus payments made to non-resident investors). Current transfers mean transfer of money between residents and non-residents; these transfers are not related to the above-mentioned components and may include donations, aids, private money transfers, pension payments, alimony, etc.
A positive current account balance indicates that the country is a net lender to the rest of the world. A negative value shows that the nation is a net borrower.
The impact of the indicator on the US dollar may vary depending on current economic conditions. Most often the growth of the current account is seen as positive for the US dollar.
The chart of the entire available history of the "United States Current Account" macroeconomic indicator. The dashed line shows the forecast values of the economic indicator for the specified dates.
A significant deviation of a real value from a forecast one may cause a short-term strengthening or weakening of a national currency in the Forex market. The threshold values of the indicators signaling the approach of the critical state of the national (local) economy occupy a special place.
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