The US current account deficit narrowed to $124.1 billion in Q3 2019 from a downwardly revised $125.2 billion gap in Q2. It is the lowest current account deficit since Q2 2018 but higher than expectations of a $122.1 billion shortfall. It is equivalent to 2.3% of the GDP, down less than 0.1% from Q2. Exports of goods decreased $0.9 billion, to $413.8 billion, and imports went down $4.5 billion, to $633.4 billion, mainly reflecting falls in petroleum and products. Exports of services declined $0.3 billion, to $212.0 billion, led by personal travel; imports increased $1.6 billion, to $149.8 billion, mainly due to reinsurance. Receipts of primary income decreased $4.1 billion, to $282 billion, and payments fell $6.2 billion, to $213.3 billion. Receipts of secondary income increased $1.0 billion, to $36.6 billion and payments went up $3.7 billion, to $72.0 billion.

Current Account in the United States averaged -49559.56 USD Million from 1960 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 9957 USD Million in the first quarter of 1991 and a record low of -215769 USD Million in the third quarter of 2006. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Current Account - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Current Account in the United States is expected to be -134000.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Current Account in the United States to stand at -120000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Current Account is projected to trend around -137000.00 USD Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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United States Current Account

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-124094.00 -125210.00 9957.00 -215769.00 1960 - 2019 USD Million Quarterly

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-03-27 02:00 PM Q4 $-134.4B $-126.6B $-130B $ -135B
2019-06-20 12:30 PM Q1 $-130.4B $-143.9B $-125B $-129B
2019-09-19 12:30 PM Q2 $-128.2B $-136.2B $-127.8B $-123B
2019-12-19 01:30 PM Q3 $-124.1B $-125.2B $-122.1B $ -131B
2020-03-19 12:30 PM Q4 $-124.1B $ -134B

News Stream
US Current Account Gap Narrows in Q2
The US current account deficit narrowed to USD 128.2 billion in the second quarter of 2019 from a revised USD 136.2 billion gap in the previous period and compared to market consensus of USD 127.8 billion. The second quarter deficit was equivalent to 2.4 percent of GDP, down from 2.6 percent in the first quarter. The secondary income deficit shrank to USD 32.5 billion from USD 36.6 billion in the previous three-month period, while the primary income surplus increased to USD 67.6 billion from USD 56.9 billion and the services surplus was little-changed at USD 60.0 billion, compared to USD 60.3 billion. Meanwhile, the goods deficit widened to USD 223.3 billion from USD 216.7 billion.

US Current Account Gap Narrows in Q1
The US current account deficit narrowed to USD 130.4 billion or 2.5 percent of the GDP in the first quarter of 2019 from an upwardly revised USD 143.9 billion gap or 2.8 percent of the GDP in the last three months of 2018, above market consensus of USD 125 billion. The goods deficit fell to USD 216.5 billion from USD 232.3 billion, as goods imports shrank 2.1 percent to USD 635.9 billion mainly due to industrial supplies and materials, in particular petroleum and products while exports rose 0.6 percent to USD 419.3 billion driven by automotive vehicles, parts, and engines, namely passenger cars, and in foods, feeds, and beverages, mostly soybeans. Also, the services surplus widened to USD 61.9 billion from USD 61.2 billion and the primary income surplus went up to USD 61.1 billion from USD 60.1 billion. Meanwhile, the secondary income shortfall increased to USD 36.9 billion from USD 32.8 billion.

US Current Account Deficit Highest in 10 Years
The current account gap in the United States widened to USD 134.4 billion in Q4 2018 from an upwardly revised USD 126 billion gap in Q3, above forecasts of USD -130 billion. It is the highest current account gap in ten years as deficits on goods and on secondary income rose and surplus on services decreased. Goods exports shrank USD 3.7 billion to USD 416.1 billion, mainly due to foods, feeds, and beverages, mostly soybeans. Services imports increased USD 3.4 billion to USD 143.2 billion, mostly due to travel (for all purposes including education), primarily personal travel, and in transport, primarily sea freight transport and air passenger transport. Considering full 2018, the current account gap widened 8.8% to USD 488.5 billion, the highest since 2008. Compared to the GDP, the deficit reached 2.4% in 2018 versus 2.3% reported in 2017.

United States Current Account
Current Account is the sum of the balance of trade (exports minus imports of goods and services), net factor income (such as interest and dividends) and net transfer payments (such as foreign aid).

United States Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -43086.00 -46939.00 1946.00 -67823.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account -124094.00 -125210.00 9957.00 -215769.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -2.40 -2.30 0.20 -6.00 percent [+]
Imports 251716.00 254205.00 266816.00 577.00 USD Million [+]
Exports 208630.00 207266.00 213341.00 772.00 USD Million [+]
External Debt 20421273.00 20263768.00 20421273.00 6570168.00 USD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 106.33 106.25 168.28 91.82 points [+]
Capital Flows 73136.00 -62034.00 272938.00 -194622.00 USD Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 50582.00 51113.00 55831.00 -9988.00 USD Million [+]
Net Long Term Tic Flows 22871.00 31484.00 157830.00 -72882.00 USD Million [+]
Gold Reserves 8133.46 8133.46 8149.05 8133.46 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 12655.00 12463.00 12655.00 3971.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.69 6.07 7.39 3.70 [+]
Tourism Revenues 20901.00 20837.00 21793.00 6496.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 6712574.00 8115682.00 8418370.00 2094287.00 [+]
Weapons Sales 10508.00 12485.00 15725.00 1742.00 USD Million [+]
Goods Trade Balance -62988.00 -66693.00 1492.20 -79790.00 USD Million [+]