The US current account deficit narrowed by USD 15.6 billion to USD 109.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to market expectations of USD 109.0 billion, mainly reflecting a reduced deficit on goods that was partly offset by an expanded deficit on secondary income. The fourth quarter deficit was equivalent to 2.0 percent of GDP, down from 2.3 percent in the third quarter. Considering 2019 full year, the current account deficit widened by USD 7.4 billion, or 1.5 percent, to USD 498.4 billion in 2019, equivalent to 2.3 percent of GDP, down from 2.4 percent in 2018.

Current Account in the United States averaged -49816.01 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. United States Current Account - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2020. source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Current Account in the United States is expected to be -125000.00 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 -125000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Current Account is projected to trend around -137000.00 USD Million in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Current Account

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-109800.00 -125400.00 9957.00 -215769.00 1960 - 2019 USD Million Quarterly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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 $-109.8B $-125.4B $-109B $ -112B
2020-06-19 12:30 PM Q1 $-109.8B $ -129B
2020-09-18 12:30 PM Q2 $ -125B
2020-12-18 01:30 PM Q3 $ -120B


News Stream
US Current Account Gap Narrows 12.4% in Q4
The US current account deficit narrowed by USD 15.6 billion to USD 109.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to market expectations of USD 109.0 billion, mainly reflecting a reduced deficit on goods that was partly offset by an expanded deficit on secondary income. The fourth quarter deficit was equivalent to 2.0 percent of GDP, down from 2.3 percent in the third quarter. Considering 2019 full year, the current account deficit widened by USD 7.4 billion, or 1.5 percent, to USD 498.4 billion in 2019, equivalent to 2.3 percent of GDP, down from 2.4 percent in 2018.
2020-03-19
US Current Account Gap Lowest in Over a Year
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.
2019-12-19
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.
2019-09-19
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.
2019-06-20

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).